I joined the US Army after the terror attacks on 9/11. There is nothing like watching your fellow citizens trying to escape the horror of such acts, to make you consider military service. I joined up, and went to basic in November. It did not take me long to realize that I liked being in the service.
Many people have asked me what it was that made me like the service. It was enjoyable to me to have a chain of command. Structure, is what appealed to me. There is a method to the madness. This structure provided me with rules that if followed, would help me be successful in the military. Many of the traits that I learned in the military, has served me well in civilian life.
Traits such as punctuality, self-discipline, double and triple checking my work are some examples of traits that have been used to make my life better. Then there are the benefits of military service that are perks of a job well done. The GI Bill provides soldiers with the ability to go to college for free. Retirement at the age of 38 is not a bad deal either. Free healthcare is also a plus. 30 days of vacation per year while serving is also nice. There are many perks that come with the job. Sure, it can be dangerous. However, getting in your car and driving to Wal-Mart is also dangerous. At the end of the day, military service is not a bad way to make a living (plus you stay in shape).
I am proud to be a veteran. Looking back on my life, joining the military was a great opportunity for me and my family. I retired at 38, and my life is good. For my life, this choice is one that has proven to be beneficial for me multiple times over. It may not be the right choice for some, but it was for me. Take care.