[QUOTE=jbachandouris]I don't have my wife to convince...I have to convince NGB (National Guard Bureau). My wife 'says' that she doesn't mind if I go; she's more concerned about the bills being paid. My kids are young (2 and 6), so I don't know how they will respond to 6 months (BCT and AIT) and 15 months deployment.[/QUOTE]
Being gone goes hand in hand with being the military. You can't join the military and "hope" that you won't be gone. With schools, AT, or other training outside of deployments....the time away from family will always be there. Just something you have to learn to accept, and something your family would too.
2007 and 2008 = 24 months. By the time we hit Dec of 2008, I will have been away from my family for 13 of those months (not 13 months straight), and none of that is deployment. :D I love it though, love every minute of it.
Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look upon them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death. --Sun Tzu