Today is the 73rd anniversary of the signing of the bill that created the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, established to permit women to have an auxiliary status in the Army during WWII. One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from the address by Oveta Culp Hobby, the first director of the WAAC, to the first officer candidate class:
"You have just made the change from peacetime pursuits to wartime tasks. From the individualism of civilian life to the anonymity of mass military life. You have given up comfortable homes, highly paid positions, leisure. You have taken off silk and put on khaki. And all for essentially the same reason - you have a debt and a date. A debt to democracy, a date with destiny."
I remember reading this quote on this day five years ago, right before I took my oath as a commissioned officer in the Army. At the time I didn't know if I wanted to commit twenty years of my life to serving in the Army, but the past five years have gone by in a blink.
Here's what my Army life looks like right now:
- I'm writing this in the library while I finish my last assignment for law school, my current assignment as a FLEP student
- My husband and I have been living apart for 11 months, part deployment and, after his return, his assignment in Georgia. He'll be ETSing this summer though, and moving here with me while I finish school
- My little brother Sam also decided to join the Army and is currently at Fort Hood
- I'm also getting ready to spend a super-fun summer working at the SJA office at Fort Meade
So, five years went by much faster than I thought they would, I've had amazing experiences I never thought I would (stuck in the woods in the middle of Ft Benning in the rain at 3am?), I've had the opportunity to pursue my passion at law school, and I've met the most amazing people. Here's to the next fifteen years (or more).