reply to post by Trams
Only sign up if you are serious and passionate about defending your country. We have too many people these days joining up for the wrong reasons. We
need serious soldiers to guard this country from here forward, not tourists or benefit babies.
Well, if you must 'enlist' for whatever reason you have, try to sign up for an area your interested in cause if you don't speak up, they'll speak
for you. Try to acquire a skill in an area you may want to pursue after your ETS (expiration term of service). The more they need someone to fill a
certain MOS (military occupational specialty) the more benefits they'll offer you though if you don't ask, you don't get .......what you could have
My GI bill, more than several years ago, was only $10,000 though that is because I went into an MOS that alot of people were applying for. This is
important to understand because if you sign up for a highly popular MOS.....they won't offer you many benefits. If you don't pass all the schools
they put you through in order to achieve your desired specialty or get injured, they DX you meaning you get recycled into the system...kind of like
being flushed down the toilet not knowing where you're going to end up.
I've seen some guys heartbroken who didn't get to achieve some 'title' or tab they had in mind for themselves. To this day, my cousin is still
jealous of me for getting where he wanted to go when he was the one who made a career out of the military. He couldn't get accepted to a certain
school or two because he had a plate in his leg from a high school football injury. Otherwise, I'm sure he would have achieved his dreams. He
thought of nothing other than being a soldier growing up. Destiny I suppose. He has a good solid well paying civilian job when he retires from the
military,(20 years of service) though I'm not sure how he's going to deal with non-military types who don't acknowledge his idea of the 'system'.
Also, you have to really examine who you are and whether the military life is for you. Ask to tour a base and question people on the job in an area
you're interested in. If you like a 'structured' kind of life...great...if not....don't even think about it.
Everyone has their own 'unique' experience in the military.
For me, I'll be honest as to what I liked and didn't like about the military.
The outdoors, Training, working with powerful and sophisticated weaponry, benefits, leadership skills, confidence, increasing physical and mental
strength, duty to country, 3 free meals daily, free room and board, college credit courses, always being on the move, time to figure out what you want
to do next, meeting people from all walks of life.
Living with people from 'all walks of life', too much pottymouth and uneducated small talk, Structure, too many inspections to kill dead time,
abuses of power/rank, low pay, being seen and treated like a number in a system, being told what to do and how to do it, holding your opinion unless
asked, dealing with 'authority' figures.
I personally am too independent, outspoken and free thinking to have been a career soldier. I have always had 'issues' with those who claim
absolute authority of which is necessary in combat though not so necessary on the base.
I basically don't like being told what to do by anyone or just how to do it. I'd rather find a better way to do something if possible or look for
flaws in the plans of my leaders but then again, lives are at stake.
They always told me I thought too much and that "your not paid to think", "your paid to do". As you gain rank, knowledge and experience, they
begin to listen more though it can be a very humbling experience regardless of 'who' you think or thought you are/were.
I preferred University life while it lasted, the rest is history.