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Espen519taking the option 40 route.
Espen519So from reading this everyone seems to be bashing the military, but I see it as a way to grow up and mature in ways that I wouldn't be able to in the typical life of an American teen/Young Adult (Go to school for 4 years, get a degree, be 100k in debt, not find a job) My reason for considering joining is to see how far I can push myself mentally and psychically. I don't see joining the military as being a sheep used by the government. I see it as a way to learn discipline and become the best you can be. I'm still a senior in high school, but am most likely going to enlist with a buddy of mine. I think it'll be a great learning experience.
Espen519want/considering taking the option 40 route
theabortionatorI wish we could get military recruiters out of high schools 100% completely no more gone bye bye.
I think it's pretty fucked that they're allowed to set up all day and push their sales pitch to minors in school.
cobra_commanderSo are most colleges, and many employers - all of them will use euphemisms, embellishment, and lies to get the young.
it just so happens that our country has a long history of despising service in the armed forces, in particular, the Army.
I attended college both before, and during my military service. I was a much better student after the fact. The other veterans were also much better off. Maybe it was the added maturity of being 4-10 years older, or maybe it was something else.
cobra_commanderI attended college both before, and during my military service. I was a much better student after the fact. The other veterans were also much better off. Maybe it was the added maturity of being 4-10 years older, or maybe it was something else.
louie.miragsWhen I joined I was immature and had a lack of direction for sure. I failed college from too partying and just being lazy in the morning. I left the military a hard and dedicated worked with a sense of direction. So, the military definitely has that going for it. Also, with the GI bill I was able to go to college for free, books paid for, and $2000 a month (based on cost of living and NY is ski high, generally around $1300-1500 a month)..
However, I do bash the military because they do a lot to glorify the military. From movies to commercials. Which makes sense because it is like any other advertisement. They need to make the military look amazing because there is a chance of getting straight to a warzone where a few thousand people just like you an me have died. For a cause that is kind of hazey. Is it really dying for OUR freedom? Or is it to secure our access to natural resource? Is it to spread our view points so they trade with us? Is it actually a noble cause or are we committing mass genocide over there?
Also, vets will bash the shitty quality of life. I for one was on a submarine. Spent hours and hours being micromanaged. We spent too much time cleaning and doing pointless shit. Worked longgggggggggg hours and most people were miserable. It is just real life that when you leave for 6 (or more) months shit is rough. You miss home. So many horror stories of wives fucking other people. Actually way to many horror stories about girls back home. Not to mention I lived paycheck to paycheck. If there wasn't a galley on base I would have starved. Also, living on base sucks. They WILL lie to you and talk up buying a house blah blah blah. Not going to happen fast.
It was not until after the military that I appreciate the values it taught me. I have a job and degree now with no debt, there is that. However, I don't know if I would throw all of my college years away again for the military. I feel like I missed so much. But, I needed that sense of direction. If you already have that you could potentially do without the military.
Lus146I feel like everybody is being dumb. If he really wants to join the Army, let him. That's his decision. I really don't think that he made this thread for a bunch of people to argue about the point of the military and to tell him that it is a bad idea. Sure I would never join the military and I kinda think that America needs to tone it down on our military presence but for real, let people make their own life choices.
THEDIRTYBUBBLEWould like to join the military. Marines specifically. However they are currently downsizing. How hard is it to pass the medical exam? I have a clean record. The only questionable thing is my peanut allergy.