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Why did you join the military? (for those enlisted/veteran)
Posted 7/16/16 , edited 7/16/16
I applied to postpone (draft), because I was more interested in making a life for myself in society.
I later applied to join, because I was economically uninformed, or misinformed.
I signed a contract, because the structure had a positive effect on my psychological state.
I refreshed my contract, because it was a job that I felt I could master, and because it felt like home.
I did not refresh my contract a second time, because I was advised not to by military advisors.
I later signed a new contract (home guard), because it is something I can offer should it be needed.
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I joined 40 years ago in order to finance my college aspirations and serve my country. Glad to say I succeeded in both and am basically a perpetual student and work as a professional military historian for the United States Air Force. Not too shabby for an ex tank jockey and aircraft maintenance tech.
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Mandatory service, had no other choice really, was taught to arm aircraft (machine gun, missiles and flares) and brew good coffee. Fun experiences and met great people there.

Shit experiences make good memories and buddies.
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Studied accounting my first two years of college. It was easy, but I hated it so I told my parents that I wanted to change majors. Stepdad got pissed (accounting was his idea) and told me that if I changed it he would cut me off. Up until that point I was fairly dependent upon his support. Everything I ever had growing up was from him. Car, tuition, just random cash to do stuff. I was spoiled growing up. My only job that I really had was a short stint in retail which I gave up on after a few weeks (I mean why bother when the stepdad can just hook me up with some cash whenever I wanted to do something) and teaching martial arts, which I loved so I stuck with it, but that sure as heck wasn't gonna pay the bills if he decided to cut me off.

Anyway, things weren't going well at home, the whole me wanting to change majors deal didn't help so I sorta impulse joined the Army. Partly because serving would cover my tuition for school for whatever I wanted to study, it'd also put a roof over my head and partly because things at home were getting worse. Despite the fact that he supported me financially, he was always very verbally abusive and sometimes physically. I thought that going away for college would make it better, but the holidays and breaks I spent at home while school wasn't in session were rough.

I don't regret my decision to join the Army. I learned how to do things on my own. I wasn't that spoiled kid anymore. I felt as if everything I got, the awards, the promotions, all that good stuff was because I worked hard and earned it. I even finished up my undergraduate degree while serving so now if I choose to pursue my Masters or go for another BA, the tuition will be covered. I'm no longer serving, actually got out about a year ago and am now working in the corporate world, but I won't forget the friendships I made, the people I met and the places I've been. It wasn't all great. Deploying is never fun, losing friends just breaks your heart, but there are many wonderful times that I had, which shaped me into the adult that I am today. It's not for everyone. But it worked out for me.
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I tried joining, but i couldnt
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The military can be good for those who need discipline or can use money for education. Sometimes you can qualify for special education like advance electronics or nuclear plant operation, but if you crash out of those courses you are still obliged to your contracted time. The downsides are lives' lost and taking life (even during training). There is danger and misery, then hope and a sense of accomplishment, it is not just a job.
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Patriotism, Challenge
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I enlisted because I was Board, wanted a challenge, wanted help with college, Medical set for life, no where else to go at times. you know all the selfish reasons and it worked out great so far.
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I am planning to join in a year or two so that I can pay for college, but more importantly so I can do something worthwhile with my life.

I feel like I've wasted 17 years and I think serving would be something I'd always be proud of.
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i joined to blow stuff up
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-Dattebayo wrote:

I am planning to join in a year or two so that I can pay for college, but more importantly so I can do something worthwhile with my life.

I feel like I've wasted 17 years and I think serving would be something I'd always be proud of.


You can join my imouto harem. That's something worthwhile.
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Because I want the World to know the Great Roman Empire.. Yes my name is Marcus Octavius

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Fuck no.
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FreshTofu wrote:

Studied accounting my first two years of college. It was easy, but I hated it so I told my parents that I wanted to change majors. Stepdad got pissed (accounting was his idea) and told me that if I changed it he would cut me off. Up until that point I was fairly dependent upon his support. Everything I ever had growing up was from him. Car, tuition, just random cash to do stuff. I was spoiled growing up. My only job that I really had was a short stint in retail which I gave up on after a few weeks (I mean why bother when the stepdad can just hook me up with some cash whenever I wanted to do something) and teaching martial arts, which I loved so I stuck with it, but that sure as heck wasn't gonna pay the bills if he decided to cut me off.

Anyway, things weren't going well at home, the whole me wanting to change majors deal didn't help so I sorta impulse joined the Army. Partly because serving would cover my tuition for school for whatever I wanted to study, it'd also put a roof over my head and partly because things at home were getting worse. Despite the fact that he supported me financially, he was always very verbally abusive and sometimes physically. I thought that going away for college would make it better, but the holidays and breaks I spent at home while school wasn't in session were rough.

I don't regret my decision to join the Army. I learned how to do things on my own. I wasn't that spoiled kid anymore. I felt as if everything I got, the awards, the promotions, all that good stuff was because I worked hard and earned it. I even finished up my undergraduate degree while serving so now if I choose to pursue my Masters or go for another BA, the tuition will be covered. I'm no longer serving, actually got out about a year ago and am now working in the corporate world, but I won't forget the friendships I made, the people I met and the places I've been. It wasn't all great. Deploying is never fun, losing friends just breaks your heart, but there are many wonderful times that I had, which shaped me into the adult that I am today. It's not for everyone. But it worked out for me.
did your relationship with your stepdad ever improved?
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