Today I got a call from the retention sergeant in my unit. We have not met and he did not look very carefully at my file, because he left me a message saying I have 15 months before my discharge date and he wanted to know my re-enlistment plans.
So I returned the call when I left the meeting was in and reached another sergeant in the unit who knows me. I told her about the call. I asked her to pass on the message that I think it very unlikely I could get an extension beyond the one I am on already, but if he has some magic in that regard, I would definitely extend or re-enlist for as long as could write the contract for.
I am assuming he will not be returning the call.
It would be fun to stay in longer. Also, if I could stay another two years I might be able to retire. Another sergeant in my unit, the only enlisted man older than me in the PA National Guard, is 61 years old and applying for another two-year extension for himself. Coincidentally, his name is Guzman. The admin sergeant in our unit says if Guzman gets an extension, maybe Gussman has a chance also.
With all the news about military cutbacks, it seems most likely Gussman and Guzman are both going to be civilians in the next year or so. But it's worth trying.
Good Luck Guzman!!!!
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