I’ve spoken a lot recently about reenlistment due to the events of the dinosaur puppet reenlistment in the National Air Guard. But, honestly, while I’m perfectly fine with the events that transpired during that day, it doesn’t mean I’d engage in the same behavior. Personally, throughout my career, I’ve only heard of strange and unusual ceremonies in which the members requested reenlistment. I remember one specific event in which the member was a skydiver and wanted to jump off a plane when she re-enlisted. The Officer in Charge was not a certified jumper, but as he had the training for it from the military, he went ahead and did it too. Otherwise, most reenlistment ceremonies include food and cake for the participants.
You see, the consensus among the sailors is that reenlistment means sacrificing a few more years of your life for the military. More commonly though, is the fact that a lot of the people who reenlist only do it because they didn’t have a plan on what to do when they left the military. As such, when the moment comes all they want is a quick and easy reenlistment with their favorite officer and a chance to go home with the family. For the most part a lot of people don’t even want that, however since it’s a tradition, they must follow all of the steps.
Yet, this doesn’t mean some people don’t take them very seriously. For some sailors, the reenlistment is a big part of their careers as they hope to continue serving for a minimum of twenty years in order to retire. Others, have a long history of military family traditions and reenlisting is simply a part of their lives. But, overall I’d like to say this is the minority of service members. I’ve also noticed that it’s these members who typically have the more serious reenlistment as they don’t want to bring any dishonor to the tradition. Ultimately though, it’s up to each member to decide how to reenlist.
An important thing to note is that when you reenlist do it for yourself. The retention Non-Commissioned Officer always tries to persuade people to stay in the service. They will almost always utilize every tactic in the book to ensure more people reenlist, even if they have to use scare tactics to do it. A few of these tactics are underhanded and paint a skewed picture of what the civilian life is like. As such, I’m telling everyone here that they should not be persuaded by these individuals as it’s their job to keep you in.
Regardless of how you re-enlist and where you do it, ensure your reasons for reenlistment are good. Fear shouldn’t be the only motivator for reenlisting in the military. Trust me; there are plenty of opportunities out in the world for you. If you want to continue serving in the military, do it out of your own volition, and make it a memorable reenlistment.
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