Yep, today was meant to be when I would either wow or not the recruiters.
Let's be honest for a moment, I have been agonising about whether or not I should still pursue this career or if I should stop. Saturday was a clear indicator that my priorities had changed and the army wasn't on the list anymore.
Today, it is not only scratched off the list, it is dead to me.
"We have some bad news," that's what they said to me as I was led into an office. "We cannot interview you today."
Well, it sounds like the psychologists have put an embargo on me for twelve months and they just can't do anything about it. But please come back when the twelve months are up, that should be in June.
"It was lucky I spotted this error in downstairs administration now and you didn't sit out in the waiting room for hours before finding out." The guy actually smiled and looked like he expected me profusely thank him.
Not fucking likely.
I was prepared, it was a fuck up on their end. When I first called to change my preferences someone should've said something, when recruiting called to book my new interview someone should've said something, when I did my mock interview on the phone and when recruiting called yet again to badger me about having only one preference someone should've said something.
Saying something after I have travelled a great distance and am already there isn't good form. In fact it is blatantly rude.
If recruiting is this pathetic with a simple application, then how will the defence force be if I had gotten in and asked for maternity leave or my pay was incorrect or I had reported something and the paper work wasn't conveniently lost it was simply lost?
I bit my tongue from losing it and yelling at the poor sap, because I really wasn't that dedicated to the mission. And I was better than them.
I am taking this as a very obvious sign not to come back. Which, makes me a little happy. Now I can stop agonising over shit because I'm not going in to the army, I can book a plane ticket and travel, go and get my bike licence, and make new plans for the future. A future that doesn't have a minimum initial service period.