reply to post by WhiteNite
I have thought about it alot. I am nearly at the cut off age and I was fully set to join as soon as I moved back to the US. Unfortunately my father is
pretty old and has too many problems for me to turn my back on him now. He REALLY needs me now. Also my wife and child are still in another country
waiting for my wifes immigration papers to go through so she and my child can join me here in the US.
So needless to say I didnt walk off the plane once moving back home and into the recruiters office as I planned.
I did spend allot of time researching the subject and thinking about it. Talking about it, ect.
My conclusion is this.
Dont join unless you are FULLY aware of what it entails. Dont join if you arent comfortable with changing who you are now. Dont join for the "glory"
adolescents sometimes associate with military service. It can suck and allot.
that said, if you are of the type of man that like countless ones before you has a genuine calling to serve and live the life of the profession of
arms...then do so.
I believe that people who stay in the military are people who have well developed senses of honor, sacrifice for others and brotherhood. I think them
to be warriors in the deepest sense of the word. Not because they are armed and charged with the defence of their people. No, a monkey can be trained
to hold and fire a gun.
They are so because they dedicate their lives to the service of their people. They are people who arent without flaws, as no man is without, but they
are people that hold themselves to a higher standard. They must.
You will meet all sorts of people if you join. Some will genuinely be pricks. Others, most, will be idealistic and motivated people.
If your reason for joining is out of tradition....stop. THINK about it. Tradition will not be enough for the hard times, and there will be hard times.
Why you join and stay will be because YOU choose it.
The same way that a boy doesnt become a man unless he finds his reason for doing so, a soldier doesnt become a warrior unless he finds his own reason
for doing so.
The warrior ethos is a powerful one, but also one that requires dedication and consistency. Being dedicated to "your war" which you take upon yourself
and commit to because you CHOOSE to sacrifice for your nation or your sovereign (assuming he is a worthy leader and not a snake) It is a hard task and
also one of the most noble endeavors a single man can undertake. It is also a way of life.
You must learn to live it. You must be that already and wish to only do what is natural to your personality, character and really the core of your
If the profession of arms, one of the most ancient, is what you feel you can do well, and you choose to do such for your people....then do it and dont
I understand you are testing the waters so to speak and are looking for advice as to what you should do...but in the end only you can know what it is
your heart tells you.
Know your heart bro. Everything else is BS words people will say to you either going for or against your query.
Those words will ALL be what others want you to do for what ever reasons that best suit those giving the advice.
Recruiters recruit and opposers oppose. Dont listen to either, they would all lie to you for their own reasons.
Look at it, study it, learn it, and then become it. Live it. If it feels wrong then discard it and move on to the next.
That is the best way to know for sure.
I suggest you spend a couple months REALLY looking into it all. Prepare your mind and body just incase you do want to join since that is never a bad
thing. Inside though, ask the hard question of "are you a soldier for your country already" If you are then join other like minded people and take
your place at their side.
If not, no loss, but you still have to find your calling.
Good luck guy. I wish you the best.
Hold it down.
edit on 28-7-2013 by tadaman because: (no reason given)