Well… I did it.
I made the first decision at work that was specifically tailored to my path to get out. I’ve been floating along for the past year without having been put in a position to make any hard career choices.
I decided not to apply to be my unit’s executive officer (I was told I was the #1 candidate) because there was no way I was going to spend my last year on active duty pulling 60+ hr workweeks for a job that had no longterm impact. It also would have been selfish to take the #1 CGO position away from someone else who could really use it as a career boost and then separate.
I feel at ease with the decision, but unsettled to be passing up the challenge. I don’t like how it looks that I didn’t even apply. Most don’t know that I’m getting out, so they just think I’m shirking responsibility. All in due time.
Now there’s no turning back. It’s the corporate world for me.