Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

Safaris to spot leopards and elephants, swimming in the Indian Ocean, sipping tea in the mountains, and several more!

Our Nile Cruise

Starting in Cairo, we sailed to Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan.

Trouble at Sea: Our Red Sea Dive Trip in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations in the world, but Saudi Arabia is a very restrictive country to get into. That alone would have made the trip memorable...but then things went south and the Saudi Coast Guard and a hospital got involved.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Discovering Turkey

We emersed ourselves in Istanbul, explored the white travertines of Pamukkale, and traced history through Laodikeia, Hierolopolis, and Cleopatra's Baths.

Monday, December 05, 2011

My Air Force Experience: A Future Decided Behind Closed Doors (6 of 11)

Well, today’s the day that people I’ve probably never met will determine if the people who wrote my officer performance reports (OPRs) were convincing enough to get me selected for promotion. It’s true that “You don’t meet the board, your records do.” And since I didn’t write my own OPRs (those with military experience probably just smirked a little bit), you could say that the board’s decision is an indirect evaluation at best.

Since this is my “second-look”, it’s historically unlikely that I will get promoted. While I won’t find out the results for a couple of months, one thing is certain: my career field wasn’t listed among those identified as critical enough for the board to select me for continuation if I’m not promoted. So I’ll probably be separating from the military in the summer, regardless of whether I want to or not.

To read my Military to Civilian Transition mini-series in chronological order, Click Here.

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