As of today I have 60 and a wake-up until I start my terminal leave. My actual retirement date is April 1 (yea I know...April Fools Day).
When I first went in the Army in 1984 (for what I thought would only be three years) I would look at my Platoon Sergeant and ask myself, how can anyone do this for 20 or more years. Now I am that old guy that the younger Soldiers are looking at and asking themselves the same thing.
Anyway, I thought I would feel different as I got closer but it is kinda strange. Somedays I'm upbeat and can't wait and other days it is almost depressing to think my days in uniform are numbered. I'm not sure how I will feel when I wake up on April 1st and it is over. I think it is going to hit me pretty hard.
I know there are quite a few retired men and women on here. How did you feel and how did you deal with it? What was the biggest adjustment?
I'm just curious if it is just me or does everyone feel the same?