Should I join the military? This is a question that goes through many minds.
For some people, they ask themselves that question because they have family that served in the military and they feel it’s only right if they keep it going, or like what happens every year, someone is graduating high school and feel if they don’t go to college or find a great job the military is the next best thing.
The thought of signing a contract for 4+ years can be very intimidating.
What ever the reasons are, that question definitely pops up from time to time. When I was in the third grade, we had to make a biography and one of the topics was “what do you want to be when you grow up?” For me, I wanted to be a Soldier.
As life went on that question was always in my head… Should I Join the military? Only reason being is because that was one of my goals.
When I graduated high school I didn’t join the military right away, Instead I worked as a contractor for the Navy as a Warehouse Specialist.
I did that job for 4 years and gained a lot of life experiences. I’m from a little Island of Guam and as you all know, living on an island you are basically stuck there, you can’t just drive to another state.
Tickets to fly to the States from Guam are crazy expensive and one of my goals was to travel. It was hard to do that especially with a family.
One day at work the same question popped in my head about the military so instead of just asking myself again, I went to the recruiting station and signed up to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).
When I passed I knew that was my ticket for my family and I to get off the island and start a new life.
What the Army did for me?
Prior to joining the Army as an Infantryman, I didn’t have the greatest discipline and I always took life for granted.
When I went through basic training, it took away all my connects to the outside world. Like my cell phone, iPod, anything that was considered an electronic.
Point being said I was only allowed to write letters and rely on my battle buddies to get me through training. During training we were in a very strict setting. It was almost like being a kid again at 22 years old, had to ask to use the restroom, only ate at certain times, and slept when we were told to.
What all that did for me was change up my attitude for the better and realize what I had before it all got taken away. My family was the one that hit me the hardest, I wasn’t used to being away from them for a long period of time.
When I finally graduated, the feeling of having them back in my arms was an experience I would never forget.
The Army taught me how to have self discipline, how to believe in myself and push my body through things I never thought I could do, and most of all respect towards people.
The military no matter what branch is a great experience and if its adventure your looking for, the military can help you with that.
Great perks with the military
Being in the Army, I was able to travel to places I never thought I find myself in. I was able to experience Afghanistan, one place that changed my life around in so many ways.
Made me appreciate everything I had all the way down to drinking clean water.
The military pays for almost everything, they give you money to rent a house or provide a house for you on base, they give you food allowance, they give you great medical benefits which is one of the most important things to me for my family.
Your paycheck is basically for your necessities. Pretty great job if you ask me, the only thing about the military is when it comes time to deploy, you’ll be away from your family for months.
To me, that’s the hardest thing about the military.
If you ever plan on getting out of the military, you are able to pay for your college through the military and have different kinds of Veteran benefits.
So should you join the military?
I would say if you want to become something bigger than yourself, join and be apart of a brotherhood/sisterhood.
The Army has definitely made my family and I happy, between traveling to different states and meeting many people along the way that we can call family.
If I had never joined then I wouldn’t have met people I now call my brothers and I probably would still be stuck on an island doing the same thing everyday.
I know being away from family is the hardest part but you know what they say “distance makes the heart grow fonder”.
I am grateful to say I served my country!
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