I decided to write this post because I feel like there are a lot of misconceptions about the military. What is it really like? Well, here’s my take on why you need to join the military.
It will give you experience in something other than school work.
I’m a college student, and I enjoy school work. The only problem is that it can be pretty isolating since you’re not always interacting with people outside of your major or class schedule. In the military, however, you’ll be interacting with all kinds of people from different walks of life and roles in the organization (such as leadership positions). You’ll get an idea for what other jobs are out there and how they function within a larger organization such as your branch’s chain-of-command or “the big picture”. This kind of experience can benefit you greatly later on when it comes time to decide what career to pursue once graduation rolls around. It will also help shape who you are as a person and where your interests lie within civilian life! There may even be certain branches that appeal more to you depending on how much time have spent in that branch or location/country/etc.. Example: If I joined infantry while deployed overseas after college graduation, Infantry might seem more appealing due to my experiences while deployed… But if I joined aviation while stateside during my high school years before college… Aviators might seem more appealing due to my experiences while stateside. Silicon valley might seem more appealing… etc.
It will help you become more disciplined, responsible, and self-sufficient.
This is the reason that I joined in the first place. I was having a hard time buckling down in college classes and staying focused on my school work. I felt like my grades were suffering because of it too! It seemed like whenever I needed to focus or study for an exam or paper/project, something else came up that distracted me from what I was doing ; whether it be an event, party/hangout with friends, video game binge… Some days when studying for exams at night things would get pretty late because of how much fun we would have talking and hanging out while doing so! My grades did suffer a little bit due to this distraction but not too much thankfully (they might have slipped a few points here and there). However sometimes they didn’t slip at all since we’d do our best to discuss the material without getting distracted by other stuff going on around us (we had some roommates who didn’t really care about our grades either). Anyways though if you want to buckle down and get your stuff done then joining is probably one of the best ways to go about doing that. You won’t always be able to just throw your responsibilities aside when something fun comes up (unless you’re on leave), so try your hardest not let things like this happen often while enlisted.
It will teach you how to be more self-sufficient.
This is probably one of the biggest reasons I joined in the first place. All throughout high school I felt like my parents were always there to do everything for me, and this kind of drove me crazy… But at the same time I was grateful for them doing it because they were always there when I needed help with something or had a question about some random topic. It’s just that sometimes they would have to go out on business trips or work late into the night, so everyday life was pretty much on my shoulders. When it comes to being self-sufficient while enlisted in any branch of military service, things are even worse than being self-sufficient while still in high school! You won’t have your parents around “24/7” anymore… You’ll have other responsibilities such as your job (if you get lucky enough to get one), living quarters, taking care of yourself…etc. This can be really hard but stick with it! Your parents won’t always be around when you need help (and most likely they won’t even be able to answer all of your questions anyway). You will learn how important it is that you can rely on yourself and others nearby who may know what you’re talking about if they’ve been through the same thing before etc.
If you’ve decided that you want to join the military, but are still on the fence… I’ll leave you with this: If it’s not too late for you to do so, do it! It will help shape who you become as a person and give you a chance to learn more about yourself while getting out of your comfort zone. You also never know what branch or location may suit your interests better than others until after spending time in them so take advantage of this while enlisted!