Joining the United States Military is an exciting new adventure for many people, and it is important to have a number of things in mind. When you join the military Armed Forces there are some things that you should be aware of. Some elements of the experience are true, no matter what different people may try to tell you. If you know what you can expect ahead of time it can save you a lot of disappointment. Many people are realistic and know that military life is not all a bed or roses. But other people do not realize that military life is something that has reasonable expectations. A person can idealize military service and not realize that serving in the military has certain things that are true no matter what people may tell you.
A person should learn what they can about the military, there are a number of wonderful opportunities available for a person choosing to enlist, but its important to know what is true, to separate fact from fiction about the military. If you learn all you can BEFORE you sign an enlistment contract, then you will be going into the military with your eyes wide open, and likely find the military just what you are expecting. Too many people join thinking that it will be all fun and games, or that it will be perfect, but just as in life, you have to take the good with the other. You Can Quite Whenever You Want- Well, it depends. Have you signed the Enlistment Contract?
Have you attended boot camp?
Up until the time that you leave for boot camp, you CAN change your mind, but once you leave for basic training you are bound by the written enlistment contract. And, if you change your mind AFTER signing but before you leave, it is considerably more difficult to back out. So, learn all you can and educate yourself about what you can expect. They Don’t Yell In Boot Camp- Well, if you believe that perhaps the military is not where you belong. Of COURSE they still yell at you, you will be sleep deprived, trained hard, yelled at, stressed, ran long and hard, and pushed to your limit. This is all to make sure that you are capable of withstanding the stress of being in the military.
This is training for the military, not summer game; it’s not a feel good party. It’s supposed to be difficult, but you will be treated fairly and when it’s over you will be a member of a unique and proud group, an enlisted American Servicemember.