Well, last Thursday was my last flight in a Marine Corps helicopter. Went out to the Warren Grove range in NJ and threw about 3000 rounds of .50cal downrange, day and night. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif It was cool to end my USMC flying career with a bang like that (literally). Today I start my terminal leave and bring my Marine Corps career to a close. The writing is on the wall; I've pissed off too many people in the past 11 years to get promoted again, and they wouldn't re-enlist me again (Active or Reserve) /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif. My original plan was to finish out this mobilization (I was recalled to active duty in Jan '02 from the Reserve and was away from home for nearly 19 months), get out of the Corps and go back to my civilian job for a while, then join the Air Force Reserve and become a KC-10 boom operator. Had already made contact with the AF, they were all about it; the wife was happy with that course of action, and I was really looking forward to living the AFRes lifestyle. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif BUT..... Last Monday afternoon, a friend of mine at the squadron who's getting out about the same time told me about the job he just accepted. He tells me ********** is looking for experienced helicopter mechanics to **************. They'll send you to school to learn the new aircraft. So I update my resume Monday night, and email it to the company rep Tuesday morning around 10AM or so. At 11:30, I get a call from the company rep, asking me if I can come in for an interview ASAP. I make the appointment for 2:30 and head home to clean up and get changed. I get into the interview, and the Maintenance Director is almost drooling over my resume. He makes it plain to see (even to my dumb blind ass) that I'm the guy he wants to run this new show /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif. So I walk out of the interview feeling pretty confident that I've got a better-paying job than what I would have been going back to, at a facility that's 30 miles closer to my house. Wednesday morning comes along and I get a phone call around 10:00 from the personnel director at *******. She tells me that I'm one of three people they're considering for a supervisor position, and she'll call me back tomorrow to let me know whether they'll be offering me a "line technician" position or the "working supervisor" position. She SPECIFICALLY STATES that I DO, in fact, have a job at *********, it's just a matter of which job. Thursday morning she tells me the last guy to be interviewed rescheduled, and she'll let me know on Friday. Friday at 2PM she calls me and formally offers me the working supervisor position, giving me MORE MONEY THAN I HAD ASKED FOR!!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif And here's the best part: The school I mentioned earlier? It's in ITALY! So my wife and I are getting an all-expenses-paid trip to northern Italy for about NINE MONTHS!!! We leave at the end of January, which is a pretty short fuse. But for an opportunity of this magnitude, it's worth it! All the guys I'll be supervising are former (and soon-to-be former) Marines who've worked for me in some capacity before, so I know them and their capabilities (and tricks...) Talk about changes of plans... Monday I was going back to my old job and the AFRes. By Friday we're going to Italy for 9 months for FREE.