I mulled the concept over for a few hours and pondered the pros and cons, and how to tell my wife that I was seriously contemplating upping sticks again and heading off some where unknown. It was my idea to drag her to this remote island in the middle of Orkney, and now, I was thinking about bailing on her and heading off into the sunset. If that wasn’t bad enough, I would be leaving her alone with an 8-month-old baby
Maybe I was just contemplating an impulse whim, maybe I was just daydreaming about adventures and travel away from my island, but I thought it was worth a discussion with my wife. I knew I had a few hours to strategize before she awoke, I have always been an early riser and Dee is quite the opposite!
Fortunately, my wife, Dee has always known since I left the Army that I would go back into a uniformed service as one time or another. Se knew how much I had enjoyed I, so she wasn’t surprised by my thinking. We both knew that any shake up of the family status quo would have to be a serious consideration, but, no harm in looking into options.
What has this got to do with me applying for and wanting to join the Royal Fleet Auxiliary? As I spent an our or so digging into the reenlistment options, I had a niggle, I had just turned 40 and would I be physically capable of keeping up with all the 18-year-old lads. I am not in bad shape and know that there is certain allowance in run times etc for oldies in the Army. . . But was it the best option? Could I use my skillsets elsewhere and chase new ventures? Maybe the Civil Nuclear Constabulary?
Somehow, the application process had been started by the time the family had finished breakfast. Sometimes, you just have to grab an idea and flow with it! If you would like to read more about the application process for joining the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, then there will be another blog post soon!