Brothers and sisters in arms.
I've been in the army for close to 3 years. I have been very successful, becoming an nco in 2 years, and I truly love the military life. I plan on making a career out of it. while it hasn't come without struggle. My body has broken down quite a bit, I've lost an inch of height, aged a lot in the last couple of years, and have grown physically tired from the workload. But I truly believe it is my calling.
I am aware that at some point, I will have to get out, whether from a full career or physically breaking down.
I have grown so attached to the lifestyle, the brotherhood, the adrenaline, and even the grind of it all.
My brother was in for 8 years and got out several years before I came in and he felt the same way. He is very successful outside, but I know he misses it and I know he feels empty without it. I'm worried that when the time comes, I will not be able to successfully transition out of the life.
I had a job before, and I can hold down a living and provide for my family, but I don't want to live in a lonely shell. What has helped some of you that feel the same?