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I went through the “what to do now.” I was an OSVET in the Navy in 79. I wanted to get off the west coast; the travel was at a low then. My options were training command, training command or more sea duty. I went so far as setting up an interview with one of the defense contractors in the area, and then the CMC asked what it would take to keep me in. Orders to something other than a training command on the east coast. He came through with orders the NATC Pax Rv. That was the best set of orders I had in 20 years. I made CPO there and had a chance to see and work on the "future". I finished out my 20 and got out as an E8.

The one thing I did promise myself was to have my degree when I left service. That I did manage. There is a lot said about the opportunities for retired military, but I found that when I was getting near the end most of the people I talked to about what to do after, the first thing they asked what do you have a degree. I am glad I took the time.

I have been to the retirement of a couple of my shipmates in the last couple of years, and to a man they are glad it is over.
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