Let’s face it, military life is not for everyone. Though there are many great personal reasons and financial benefits to joining the military, there are some considerations that you should consider before making this decision.
1. Are you willing to wait to achieve your goals? – The military offers some excellent enlistment and re-enlistment bonuses. They also offer to pay for a substantial amount of college education in addition to the career training you will receive while you serve. Though many branches may seem more open to certain careers than others, there are no guarantees that you will land in the career of your dreams in what you consider a reasonable amount of time.
2. Can you let go of control? – Welcome to the military. Your life is not your own anymore. Someone will be telling you what to do and when to do it for possibly the next eight years of your life. This isn’t a civilian job where you give a two week’s notice or walk out one day.
3. Is this really what YOU want to do? – Your father, grandfather and great grandfather may have all retired from the military. This does not mean that this is the life for you. This is a commitment of several years of your life. You may travel for several months to years at a time. You will have conflict with others and disagreements that you will have no control over.
Many individuals appreciate the organization and structure that the military offers. They also find the job security and financial benefits to be quite rewarding. For many that join, the pros of military life outweigh the cons. Before you make this important decision about your life, make sure that you have considered the positive and negative aspects of military life.