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Originally posted by LandonFromKY
Well anyways, i have been thinking about this for years, and years. My grandfather, my great grandfather, and my great great grandfather all were in the military and where in a war. My grandfather was in the korean war, earned the MOH, and Purple Heart, among others. So as the time for me to enlist creeps closer and closer, i was wondering if it would be worth it to Join the Military. Most likely the Army, or the Marines. I have always wanted to go in the Military and every time i play Call of Duty, or watch Jarhead, or a War movie it makes me want to go over there even more. I know it is no ones decision but mine, but i want to get some first hand experiences from guys, or girls who have served. I wanna know what it would be like and stuff. I know it would be nice to join and have my College paid for, not only that but the respect i would get from others, and the satisfaction of serving my country, and keeping my country and family free..
So if you have been in the Military or are currently enlisted, please post on here with your experiences, and whatever else you would like to add!
Originally posted by Cryptonomicon
If you don't think you are very smart (only you can judge that) then join the infantry.
However, if you think you are smart, join the Navy. Start studying a foreign language, work hard at math, study some programming languages, and study history. Eventually when you are 18 and graduated high school, you will do the Navy/College thing, then get into intelligence work. You need to begin preparing now. Stop playing video games. Hit the books.
You go the Navy/College route, and the future is wide open, but you will have to work your ass off.
You go into infantry, you'll still work your ass off, but you'll come back with either PTSD, permanent physical injuries, unemployable, and read books about what you could have become instead.
Choice is yours. Choose wisely.edit on 29-6-2011 by Cryptonomicon because: (no reason given)
More than 25 percent of the homeless population in the United States are military veterans, although they represent 11 percent of the civilian adult population, according to a new report.
On any given night last year, nearly 196,000 veterans slept on the street, in a shelter or in transitional housing, the study by the Homelessness Research Institute found.
"Veterans make up a disproportionate share of homeless people," the report said. "This is true despite the fact that veterans are better educated, more likely to be employed and have a lower poverty rate than the general population."