So here's the deal. I have less than one year left in service in the US Army. Right now, my plans include getting out and going to a University full time using my GI bill, while remaining a guardsman in the Arizona National Guard. However, I'm not sure this is the best decision- the Army has great benefits, it gives me a reason to be fit, it's a (mostly) steady paycheck, and there's a certain sense of pride that you get from being in service.
Currently, however, this job does not seem to be something I want to do forever. Being a young Sergeant (I'm 20), I've come up through the ranks and seen the difference in duties and responsibilities between soldiers and leaders. I have only one deployment and I do not feel satisfied with my job in Garrison life. I feel, unfortunately, that I came in too young. I fear that I only want to get out because I see my friends partying and going to college and getting what seem to be "real jobs" at Supreme Courts and hospitals- and I feel stuck. I feel distant from family and friends, and I feel I am neglecting the friends, no, brothers I have up here.
My question to all you veterans is- Why did you get out? Do you regret it? What do you feel would have happened if you stayed in?
I'm coming up on my reenlistment window and this is a big decision for me to make. Any comments/criticism is welcomed.