Do you have what it takes to become an American Soldier? Becoming an American Soldier takes a lot of personal courage because many of you know only 1 percent of the world sign up to protect our Freedom.
I joined the United States Army for many reasons… To be honest I joined to see where it would take me in life and see if it could discipline me for the better.
I knew nothing about the Army or what these soldiers did for us. All I knew is they were always on the news!
Before I joined the Army I was always partying with my friends, getting drunk and up to no good. It was always the same thing every weekend for me and I had a daughter to top it off. It was very unhealthy for my life and for my daughter.
I was basically getting no where in life! One day I was bored at work so I took the ASVAB with a buddy of mine and passed! I didn’t get the highest score but it didn’t matter to me because I already knew the job I wanted to sign up for.
I wanted to become an Infantryman! My mother didn’t agree with it and she even attempted going to my recruiter trying to change my Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). It is only natural for a mother who cares to want the best job for her children.
Of course though she couldn’t change my job because I already signed my contract with Uncle Sam!
When I shipped off to Basic Combat Training I was in for a pleasant surprise. The training I had to go through was intense and pushed me to my limits. I did things I never thought I’d do in my life!
All I kept telling myself is “this is what it takes to become an Infantryman? This is what all those before me had to go through? Dang they’re crazy!” It really opened my eyes to see what all the men and women before me had to go through!
No one knows what these soldiers go through and it took me putting on their boots to realize that these people are the real heroes.
They work late nights, long days and miss out on many birthdays, anniversaries, and sometimes every Holiday!
I’m not only saying that these Soldiers are heroes because I’m in the military but simply the fact that they do things others won’t!
The thing I hate the most is when people say “that’s their problem, no one told them to join the military!”
The people that say that are the ones that got handed things easy and on a silver platter! What most people don’t know is that some of these young kids that join the military have no other choice really.
I’ve seen 18 year old’s join because their parents kicked them out the day they turned 18. They have no where else to go and no college fund so they rely on the military because it gives them a roof over their head, food to eat, and a college fund.
When they deploy overseas they leave all they have behind to take care of things others won’t! Becoming an American Soldier will open your eyes to a lot of things, especially the little things, Like having a bed to sleep on, McDonalds, and in my case not spending enough time with my family.
When deployed, some nights we sleep on the ground and depend on our buddies to watch our back while we try to get 2 hours of sleep because the enemy doesn’t give us a timeout to get rest.
Being an American Soldier of any branch in the military is a challenge and I give props to every single one of them.
While everyone is enjoying their freedom, there is American Soldiers out there away from their families making sure we can sleep safe at night!
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