For the past three years, Dillon has been a service member in the United States Army. His time as a soldier is coming to an end. He decided to get out early due to Harper’s medical needs. It is a bittersweet time; joining the Army was the best decision he made for himself and for our family, but we are both so excited for this new journey. Here is a recap of the past two and a half years.
In January 2015, Dillon and I made the decision that it was best for him to join the Army. On March 12, 2015, he swore into the United States Army.
He left for basic training on August 24, 2015, and endured the physical and emotional challenges for 10 weeks at Fort Sill, OK. He graduated on November 6th, 2015
The following day, Dillon went to Fort Sam Houston, TX to begin his 52 weeks of AIT as a 68K – Medical Laboratory Specialist. Luckily, I was able to join him. For the first 15 weeks, he lived in the barracks. I lived in an apartment a few miles away from post. His AIT was split up into two phases, Phase I and Phase II. Phase I consisted of book work, homework, tests, and a lot of studying. Dillon was finally able to move off post in February 2016. He graduated from Phase I on June 3rd, 2016.
For Phase II, Dillon had the option to go to Fort Lewis, WA for training, but he decided to stay at Fort Sam Houston. Phase II was a lot more relaxed, it focused more on hands-on training. During this time, he had to have a minor surgery on his shoulder in October. This set his graduation date back a couple of months. He graduated from Phase II on March 14th, 2017 and obtained an associates degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences.
His first and final duty station was at Fort Hood, Tx. We laugh all the time because we thought joining the Army would allow us to travel and live in different places, but we never left Texas 🙂 Dillon began working at the blood donor center on post. He was promoted to SPC on June 7th, 2017 and later became NCOIC of the mobile blood drives at the donor center.
Dillon recently accepted a job at a hospital nearby. He will continue working as a lab tech.
If you have any questions about military life or Dillon’s MOS, feel free to contact us!