My last nerve.

So, when Tom was heading home, he told me the good news…he’d have two “free” weeks of vacation after he got home (i.e it wouldn’t come off his earned days). Everyone gets it after being deployed, he said. He talked to a bunch of his friends who confirmed it. Cool, I thought. He said he could take it whenever he wanted (i.e. it didn’t have to be the first two weeks he was home) so we planned for him to wait and use it when my dad and Linda come down at the end of the month.


He just called me to say “Guess what?” Turns out the “free vacation” isn’t free after all. Apparently it’s for tax purposes only (not quite sure why or how that works) and if you want to take it, the days come straight from your banked days. WHAT? Again, something EVERY SINGLE PERSON TOM TALKED TO apparently forgot or never knew themselves. I just don’t see how that’s possible…

So, the gist of all this is that Tom can’t take the full two weeks off like he planned.

And my overall happiness with the marine corps right now?? They’re on my last nerve. Granted, it’s not technically their fault, but it seems odd how TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME AFTER TIME we are “assured” that certain things will happen, but when push comes to shove, it’s all a load of crap. (I’m specifically thinking back to the very beginning when Tom was promised that the USMC would help pay back his student loans. What a big load of BS that was. And saying they will pay for 75% of college classes. But oh, only if you give us more time. There are more, but I don’t feel like getting into it.) It just seems there are always hidden things…

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