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Ten Years Ago: Re-enlistment Paperwork

At Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 2009 running the Army Physical Fitness Test in a gas mask. My official job was Chemical Weapons Decontamination Specialist.
In the last blog post, I finally made the call to begin the re-enlistment process. After calling the recruiter, I pulled together all the documents I could find to confirm my prior service, scanned them and sent them.
Two days after the call, I was the dog that caught the car.I thought, “What now?!!”What was I going to do if I actually got back in the Army. I thought about volunteering for some sort of chemical weapons job.Most everyone dislikes chemical weapons in principle and in practice.Wearing a gas mask and chemical protection gear is somewhere from uncomfortable to horrible.
But the fact that most people don’t like the chemical weapons branch made it attractive. It fit with the idea that I was replacing my failure at community service with Army service.
Part of my thinking in re-enlisting was that I would join a Type A group of …