It's been a while, I know. Somewhere in the excitement and confusion of finals, graduation, commissioning, traveling, and relaxing at home, I had completely forgotten about this blog which I have maintained since freshman year. I apologize to those who keep up with my blog, I left you all hanging for a couple of months now without any closure.
I can't stand leaving things unfinished.
So here it is, my final post on this blog, aimed toward prospective students who might be wondering what happens after graduation (if you're thinking that far ahead) but targeted more towards those juniors (I guess now y'all are seniors) who are looking ahead to graduation and commissioning next year.
Graduation happened, commissioning happened, now what? Well, it really depends on your career path/branch of service. For Air Force officers (and most branches, I believe, I'm not sure how the other services handle this part) you are classified as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve, assigned to the "Ready Reserve" (those who are trained and have a military service obligation to fulfill) and then....you wait. You wait until you receive orders to go on active duty and then your adventure begins!
Your active duty orders can be to report directly to a unit, or to a school for training (such as UPT, Undergraduate Pilot Training, for those classified as pilots.) Either way, you play the waiting game until you receive those orders and then you prepare to move.
What can you do while waiting? Lots! You can get a temporary job, volunteer, or just enjoy your time until you enter active duty as an extended vacation. As for me, I'm helping out my parents to prepare my house to move out to Colorado, and just enjoying my last vacation.
It's been a great 4 years at Norwich, and I'm happy to have been able to be a student blogger while attending! I'm still willing to answer any questions about Norwich or the Air Force any prospective or current students might have, so don't hesitate to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Take care everyone, and maybe I'll see some of you out in the Air Force!
-2d Lt Joseph Babitsky, USAF