Saturday, May 9, 2009

Wake up call

Yesterday I had a meeting with my Commander in regards to my most recent PT test failure. It's my third in fewer than two years and, even though I'm progressing, it still isn't good. I HAVE to pass my next test which is at the end of June. If I don't pass, they have to submit for retention. If retention is accepted, he has to take punitive steps at his level. Basically, if the Wing Commander doesn't take negative repurcussions, he has to otherwise there is no reason to fear a fourth failure (for anyone). Folks could just keep failing without worrying about anything and without any incentive to pass. My Commander is an awesome guy so I know most of what he's doing/saying is because he has to show that he's serious otherwise he'll be walked all over and not taken seriously. He told me "I don't want you to be the first." I believe him. I know he, and the rest of supervision, value me and what I bring to the organization so I'm going to do what I can and I will pass the test in June. If I don't, I lose a stripe (if the Wing CC approves retention). If I lose a stripe, I will be at high year tenure for that rank which means I can no longer serve. I WILL PASS. Please pray for me that I have the strength and continue to have the determination to pass.

10 comments:

Jenny said...

I hope you pass with flying colors and will keep my fingers crossed! Good luck!

Virginia Mom said...

Sending positive thoughts your way...I can't imagine the stress that comes with needing to pass a PT in order to keep your position. Just keep swimming! :)

Lillie said...

Good luck! I will definitely say a little prayer!

robyn812 said...

Sending prayers and encouragement your way. I know that you can and will pass this test.

nidena said...

Thank you for all the happy thoughts and well wishes.

Shelly said...

You are in my prayers!

Rebecca said...

I had this problem in the Navy. The situps were a huge mental block for me. I could get 64 in 2 minutes (the minimum was 65 at that time) and have 30 seconds left and not pass. Later I got through that and the run became an issue. Just know that you CAN do it. Just keep practicing. One of the things that helped me was practicing situps/pushups in heels, in a dress, without shoes, on slippery floors, so I couldn't give myself an excuse. If it is the run, you'll just have to be diligent and keep going! I'll be thinking of you.

centralillinoisian said...

Good luck and I know you can do it!

Chicagolandia said...

Good luck on you next test - my prayers are with you!

hitenney said...

Nidena - I'll be praying and sending good thoughts your way! All my life my too-large body has kept me from doing the things I wanted to do/be. Of course, it could be argued that if I had truly wanted those things I would have worked harder - but life's a struggle, right? Anyway - I want it to go well for you, and I'm sure if you keep working out the way you have been it will be a breeze!
hitenney