Staff NCO’s always take it so personally when you tell them you don’t want to reenlist.
Of course, to each their own, I wouldn’t dream of telling anyone how to live their life. If the military lifestyle is working great for you and you love the relative stability of it all, by all means keep re-upping. After all, retiring at the age of 38 is actually a pretty sweet gig, if you make it that far.
However, the Post 9/11 GI Bill really opened up an entire world of opportunity for those of us that take advantage of it (and you should). Even if you actually don’t hate your life at all, getting out and exploring something new is a great way to live, and you have all the freedom in the world to do it.
With that said, even I know some guys that might have been better off just staying in. Generally, they’re the guys that don’t use the GI Bill to go back to school, bounce around shitty jobs and wondering why life on the outside sucks, grow out their veteran beard and live off VA disability checks for their “injuries” and accost people on Facebook for not thanking them for their service.
Don’t be that guy either. Just remember that it’s your life, you get to decide how to live it.
(Unless you reenlist, then the Marine Corps gets to decide. Sorry.)
On a side note, yesterday was weird.