So, it’s been a while, how’s everyone been?.. Me, I’ve been busy. Very busy. I’ve been taking college courses, doing my job, getting ready for the ACT and SAT (next week) and cross-rating to CTR.

Got my orders today, actually. I have a No Later Than date in June. Yeah, June. We’re in April.

It’s definitely a trend in my life for me to leave from places in unexpected ways. I left Afghanistan all of a sudden, and rather abruptly from my ship to go to Afghanistan–just crazy, crazy transitions. But, I’d be lying if I said I don’t find it all an adventure.

But, so yeah, Pensacola is next, and STA-21 probably isn’t going to happen for me this year. The due date for the package is July, and I’ll have been at A-school for only two months by then. So, meh, there will be other options out there. I figure most of the things I’m going to have to talk about in the near future will have to be [redacted] or maybe [redacted] cause you know CTRs do stuff like [redacted] for a living.

I’m a little bummed that the odds of putting a STA-21 package in are nil. Becoming a CTR was supposed to be [redacted]. But, has seemed to have become the primary plan. But, again, no biggie, I’m fine with that; it all happens for a reason. I only entertained this notion of becoming a CTR because it was something I was interested in becoming in the first place.

I just hope I find it fascinating.

One recurring thing I’ve been told over my last 15 or so months working at SHAPE is that I might be peaking in my career–very early in my career. And well, yeah, maybe I am. But, I don’t think so.

What now; what’s next?

Posted by CTR1(SW) H. Lucien Gauthier III in Training & Education

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  • Fouled Anchor

    CTR2(Sel), I think you are probably head and shoulders above many but far from peaking. You still have a ton of potential and a new rating will bring new opportunies to excel.

    Best of luck to you; I think you’ll love it. You will have plenty more chances to earn a commission (if that is the ultimate goal) or advance to Chief Petty Officer (which is the ultimate accomplishment).

  • Congratulations, Lucien!

  • UltimaRatioReg


    Bloom where you are planted, and let everything else come as it may. You will find the work fascinating.

    Best of luck!

  • Byron

    Lucien, think on this: if you were on the San Antonio, which position would be better able to help the crew and the ship: an Admiral back in DC, or the CMDMC? I think you’d make a pretty good Chief (and you’ll notice I always cap “Chiefs”.) Either way, good luck and when you get to P-cola, make time to get over to Panama City Beach: for young men such as yourself, it’s the happy hunting grounds 🙂

  • Maggie

    I’m on an IPod so I’ll just second URR.

  • UltimaRatioReg

    As everybody should!

  • I am 100% delighted and absolutely thrilled that you are becoming a part of the cryptologic / information warfare community and the information dominance corps. Best news I have heard this month !! Welcome Aboard. You’ll get to meet Fouled Anchor in person and a superb IW CO serving at Corry. You are in for the time of your life. I am very pleased for you and for us.

  • Craig Rudy

    You should submit your STA-21 package from your current command. If you cant do it there for some reason and if you have your package ready to go you should be able to submit it at Corry. I ran all the commissioning programs there for the last three years and had many students apply for STA-21 and the other programs. There is a good LTlg (LDO) that is handling all the programs now. He works in the IWBC course office 850-452-6883.

    Reminder that the packages must be post mark by 1 July so Corry will most likly be having the boards the first week in June to allow time for internal and external boards.

    Best of luck in “A” school and welcome to the CT/IW world.

  • Warrant Diver

    Peak early and then peak often. When you get to the top of the mountain, you’ll see others farther away that you couldn’t see from the base. Go climb that mountain.