My initial plan for my final National Military Appreciation Month Blog Takeover was to have my son, Matty, announce to the world his upcoming adventure. However, since the 6TH Of May was his official last day of McQuaid, his writing capabilities have diminished faster than a vacation tan. Since I have extra writing time on my hands, I’m happy to oblige. Cue the proud Parent spotlight...
In December of 2021, Matty decided he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the Air Force. So many emotions. Selfishly I’ve only had 3 Christmas’, 2 & ½ ish, (Thanks COVID!) school years of packing lunches and walking to the bus stop, 2 Birthdays, and 1 Family Vacation with this boy! Not enough time! However..what a fantastic door to open for your future. So. Proud.
As the chain of events unfolded, it started on the 18TH Of January when Matty took the practice Amed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB. The ASVAB, by definition, is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. I have read that each and every single year it is administered to more than one million individuals.
He scored a 49 out of 50.
The following month, on the 12TH Of February, Matt and I headed to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station for his monthly dues, this time, with Matty in tow. Not quite literally, now that he had his own car this was his 1ST ‘long’ road trip. Nothing says sink or swim like assuring a new driver he’ll be “just fine” driving over the Grand Island Bridges which most experienced drivers hate. Base time is cherished time. While the Chief works, Mrs. Chief writes. This is why those of you reading this right now get the pleasure or the pure disdain of hearing my words through the screen. You’re welcome. It’s even more cherished shared with the ones we love. While Matt and I did our thing, Matty was in an off-base hotel, traveling to base to go through the Military Entrance Processing Station, or MEPS. This is where he took the actual ASVAB.
He scored 25 points above average.
Yes, you read that correctly. 25 points above average. He passed his physical. Then, surprisingly, he passed his psychological exam. Back to the 25 points above average.. With a score like this Matty was told he could choose up to 10 of ANY single one of the 135 Air Force jobs, including the 13 Space Force jobs. Yes, the Space Force is real. It’s real, and it’s the future. Matty chose his 10, all Space Force, including Space Systems Operator, Targeting Analysis, Radio Frequency Transmission Systems, and Cyber Surity. He then swore into the Delayed Entry Program. Then we waited. The anticipation and excitement as thick as a humid morning in Disney. Yes Matty scored well, BUT, the Space Force only accepts 400 applications each year. We were told that we would not hear anything until the panel of Space Force Officers met sometime in May.
Imagine our surprise when on the 23RD Of April, Matty’s recruiter called and said, not only did the panel already look over his application but approved it with a “High Recommend.” He was exactly what they are looking for.
Since then, in true military fashion, it’s been hurry up & wait. Depending on which opening they have he will leave on The 5TH Of July or The 30TH Of August. In the meantime, Matt & Matty practice running and lifting while I sit back and write. Matty attends his Delayed Entry Program Meetings. Me.. I just cherish each moment while I can, and I plan. Plan for our upcoming travels to Basic Training Graduation, and Technical School Graduation… and wherever else need be. I have my own mission, and that’s to continue to create memories through family holidays and vacations. Stay tuned for a follow-up Blog my friends.