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    Coming out of retirement?

    It's been four years since I reluctantly let my NRA law enforcement instructor credential and Florida "K" license (law enforcement instructor) and other state licenses expire. It's a long story but in short the state kept adding unnecessary and expensive burdens on me, so the licenses were easier to let expire than renew. I kept my NRA civilian instructor credentials so... dunno why actually.

    Not long ago a local range asked if I would teach there again (I taught there 10 years ago) and today a gun store asked if I would teach their CCW class. Both have potential of ancillary things that I may be drawn into.

    Here's the rub... I've gotten used to not having a schedule and got re-involved in fishing, shooting, ammo making and gardening and I am hesitant to start again.

    Has anyone else retired and gone back to work (not necessarily firearms related) and found that it did not interfere with their retirement lifestyle?
    Regards,

    Gary

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    I can't answer your questions straight out, haven't been there. I'm like you, retired, no schedule, do what I feel like. Can you schedule these things so you are comfortable with them? How much of a problem is it to become current with the issues with the State? Lots of things to consider. You have to weigh these things against what you feel.
    One of my father's favorite statements: "If I say a chicken dips snuff, look under his wing for the snuffbox" How I was raised, who I am.

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    One more thing, how comfortable are you with this? All in? Go for it. Hesitant, think again.
    One of my father's favorite statements: "If I say a chicken dips snuff, look under his wing for the snuffbox" How I was raised, who I am.

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    If you enjoy your retirement and don't need the extra cash don't let anyone talk you into something you don't want to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbrown View Post
    I can't answer your questions straight out, haven't been there. I'm like you, retired, no schedule, do what I feel like. Can you schedule these things so you are comfortable with them? How much of a problem is it to become current with the issues with the State? Lots of things to consider. You have to weigh these things against what you feel.
    I'll never renew with the state.

    When initially I got my license, not being a LEO to "get my foot in the door" I had to be a security officer or private investigator (licensed to be armed and was both) be sponsored, attend the NRA law enforcement instructor's class ($500 plus room, board, travel and loss of vacation time, upwards of $2k total cost to me) AND pass the state exam which I passed (the highest the examiner ever saw at 99%) and THEN after 15 or so years teaching they wanted me to take another NRA instructor class every license period of 3 years, which I did three times. Later, on top of the renewal fee they started to charge a "fingerprint retention" fee and I'd have to get printed all over again. Then to add insult to injury, even though I trained alongside some of the U.S's best law enforcement instructors they wanted to degrade my license calling it a "Security officer" instructor license invalidating my ability to teach for a police agency. The only thing the DOA (Dept of Ag... appropriate acronym) could do to make it more difficult was to make me take the state board exams every license period which I fully expected them to do.

    My keeping the private instructor credentials was easier logistically, clearly less expensive by a LOT, no issues with the state, and far more financially rewarding.

    I'm going to mull it over and see if I can fit teaching again into my busy schedule Oh, and I do not need the cash.
    Regards,

    Gary

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    I retired 4 1/2 years ago and to be honest every day is full of activity, shooting, gunsmithing, wood working, boolit casting and I give a lot of it away. Retirement is another job with a lot of satisfaction in helping people.

    Wouldn't have time for another job right now!







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    I retired from the Navy in 1992, I lasted 6 months sports fishing on the Puget Sound before I went to work as an armed security office in Memphis berfor moving back to Coarse Gold California. where I went to work as a Working Cowboy on a 200 acre ranch for 5 years. I then moved to Roseburg Oregon where I worked as an EMS 1st responder and Security Officer at Seven Feathers Casino until suffered a Massive Heart attack I am retired again and drawing My Mil Retirement pay and Social Security but am unable to work according to Social Security after suffering 9 TIAs in one summer. I now spend my time trying to convince my Wife I need yet more guns. my wife also has the honey-do list for me. That comes before range time in her book.

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    As one of the fine members here told me in my retirement announcement, the ability to say NO is a valuable asset. If you enjoy training, and go in up to your ankles without getting dragged in up to your neck, give it a shot.
    You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
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    The comfort of my easy chair, no schedule, no time restraints, gloriously a supporting wife (my Paradise on Earth), the ability to dodge the rain in any given week planting food plots for wildlife on private hunting land, working on tree stand improvements, particularly after ripping the wooden ladder off of one while making a turn with the harrow sticking out behind the tractor (dooph!), sowing seed, riding the golf cart around the fields, smiling over a finished job - well done, seeing the seed germinate "overnight", and back again to the first five words above - keep me on the retirement sideline. Hunting season looms large. Being able to fully enjoy every bit of it, now that it is FREE (aged out) of license fees, is satisfying. The anticipation never grows old...
    If it was easy, anybody could do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monadnock#5 View Post
    As one of the fine members here told me in my retirement announcement, the ability to say NO is a valuable asset. If you enjoy training, and go in up to your ankles without getting dragged in up to your neck, give it a shot.
    I like that, up to the ankles... and I'll remember it.
    Regards,

    Gary

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    If it's something you enjoy doing its not really work . I closed my little wholesale seafood business a couple years ago after over 25 years of operation , planning on retiring about six months in to my recliner time - I was offered a position in a completely different field now honestly I'm enjoying myself .
    It's sort nice I go to work now because I want to .

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    I ended up early at 58, 4 yrs ago. struggled a bit, started very small business engraving that has helped pay the bills. applied for and ended up working from Jan all year so far with the census in office as clerk. 40 hours a week until recently. about 6 months in, it started hindering me, and it is finally winding down with true end in sight.
    I would only do it if you feel the need, desire and can make it fit your schedule. PT, sure, ft, nope

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    Been forcibly retired for almost four years now. My circumstances are different in that mine was a disability retirement. I have since gotten SS Disability. That being said with my pains, I would never go back to doing something on a schedule as it is to much especially on a hurting day. I am the type if I cannot give my best to others then I don't do it. Have to deal with things not being as well done around here as they used to be but that is at my place for myself. Good luck with your decision and enjoy retirement.

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    Unless you really enjoy that job life is to short to go back to work. I still work long hours but a few of my buddies say the best part of there life has been retirement. Right now I am trying to decide if I want to hang it up my body says quite my mind says not yet. Good luck with your decision.

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    Hi...
    I retired two years ago.
    Ain't going back into the work force.
    Not happening.

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    I guess I have a somewhat different perspective. I have retired 3 or 4 times from education. Each time I did, someone would call me up needed help running a school or with a program. The last time they asked me to do something totally different, I evaluated special education students and recommended specific technologies for them. Totally out of my comfort zone. It didn't pay much, not nearly as much as I made as an administrator but for three years it was EXTREMELY rewarding. I was able to use some of my skills to directly help others. Last May my wife and I both hung things up for good - at least we think. I still sometimes feel the urge to want to get back into helping kids somehow but at 66, it is probably time for someone else to do that.

    I have never regretted doing something I enjoyed and doing it for the right reasons - to help someone else. The extra money is nice but at this point, if I haven't made enough, a little more isn't going to make a huge difference in my life. I also know about the cost of certifications - I kept my administrator licenses up to date and it was very expensive and frankly, looking back, a waste of money unless I really wanted to go back into admin.

    Like someone told a pastor friend of mine - if you can be happy doing anything else, do it. If you have a passion for what you are doing, do it on your time schedule for the right reasons and you will be satisfied. Best of luck.

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    I retired from the Navy in 1994. I retired from the FAA in 2019. A few months later I applied for a technical instructor job and I got hired. In March of 2020 the technical instructor job got shut down due to COVID and it is still shut down. I have been an unpaid NRA instructor for many years.
    I perceive the NRA instructor to be a way to pay back to those younger than us and to ensure our freedom remains strong. My favorite example is lapidary. That is polishing rocks and making jewelry. When I was young, lapidary was considered a gold mine and those doing it wouldn’t teach others. Now those that know how to do it are in their nineties and it is a dead hobby. Do we want our firearms freedoms to die that way?
    Doing firearm training and getting paid can be good for all. Just don’t get in too deep. Ankle deep only!

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    After being retired for as long as I have, I can't imagine going back to work where I have to be at a certain place at a certain time. It's a PIA when I know that I have to plan around a doctor's appointment or similar. My wife and I keep busy and the days go by so quickly as it is just doing the things we want to do.

    Only you can answer the question of if you want to go back to teaching the classes. If it's something that you love doing and you don't mind sticking to a schedule - then I guess you have to decide on how important it is to you to do it. I have always found though, that when someone asks me to do something, like teach a class, be a speaker at an event, etc., it usually ends up with more being asked of me - either by those that I agree to do something for or others that want me to do things for the as well. Pretty soon, it snowballs and all of a sudden you have no time to do what you actually want to do. It's hard to say "No" and everyone's situation is different. You don't mention a significant other - if you have one - what do they think of all of this? As I've gotten older, I have realized that I am much closer to death than to birth and I worked hard all of my life. Now is the time for me to enjoy the fruits of my labor and spend time with those I love, doing things with them and doing what zi want to do, not what someone else thinks I ought to do. Some may call that selfish . . I call it living each day to the fullest.

    Good luck with your decision - you'll figure out what's right for you.

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    My wife got me a wooden sign shortly after I retired-- RETIRED, under that, DON'T HAVE TO, DON'T WANT TO, CAN'T MAKE ME. My feelings exactly. BTW, she regrets getting that sign, keeps threatening to toss it.
    One of my father's favorite statements: "If I say a chicken dips snuff, look under his wing for the snuffbox" How I was raised, who I am.

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    Retirement means "retired". End of story unless finances dictate otherwise! Too much time for fun stuff and not enough free time for 'work' per someone elses schedule! Only you know the value of what you want to do, it's a personal thing!
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