The week started on a surprising note. Morrigan got a call from the nuclear coordinator at the navy with the news that his security clearance had gone through and he’d be shipping out in October. We were told that we’d have an exact date by that evening…then by the next morning…then oops they needed a form from the recruiting office first…then “should be by Monday at the latest.” However, with that last bit, we were told that the date would “most likely” be this coming Thursday, or sometime between Thursday and Sunday. Suddenly – very suddenly – we were looking at about a week to prepare.
- Morrigan needed to deal with his job, both in getting them an end-date that was clearly not going to be two weeks’ notice (they knew beforehand that this might happen, at least!), and on working out how to get his last couple of paychecks since they go out by hand.
- He also needed to change his bank account to active duty, and figure out how to give us access so we can deposit his last couple of paychecks and anything else that might come up.
- Then there’s the matter of his stuff – he’ll be moving out permanently, so he needed to sort through and pack up anything that he wanted to keep, things that could be shipped to him eventually.
- And of course, we needed to throw him an early birthday party (his birthday is the 18th) and combo that with a going-away party. And we only had this weekend to do it.
So this afternoon, there will be a very rushed and hastily put together party, with invites that went out to family and friends only this past Wednesday. Eeek. We were expecting to get a date at least two weeks in the future, so this is all madness and chaos. But at least it’s the good kind. Morrigan is excited, and we’re excited for him to start on the next stage of his life. We’re all wishing him such good luck and fortune!! And fingers crossed that we actually get his ship date tomorrow like we were told in our last update!
ETA: We did indeed get a ship date, and it was indeed set for this upcoming Thursday. Crazy fast!
Yay for good news. About damned time. 🙂
I’m really happy for him!
Welcome to life in the military! The timing will NEVER be what they say it is going to be, and you will often have little to no notice about date changes. You will get used to it eventually, but you will never be happy about it.
Good luck to Morrigan! I know he is going to be an asset to the Navy!
Yes, I imagine that’s how it’s always going to be, haha! It’s certainly changed enough over the last few months to get a glimpse of an idea! I”m going to laugh today if he gets a call and finds out it’s in the last week of October instead of this week.