As my graduation from high school approached, I realized that I had no idea what I really wanted to do. I feared choosing the wrong major and being stuck with it.
I remember seeing a commercial for the Army and feeling like that was where I was meant to be. I went through the beginning process feeling confident in my decision. Then came the day my family to me to the hotel where we would be together for the last time in awhile.
What was I doing, was I crazy, what was I getting myself into? All of these questions and more ran through my head as I sobbed in my mother’s arms while she cried as well with my dad and sister standing by. We were and still are a very close family and at that point in my life I had never been away from them for more than 2 weeks. I was scared and wanted out, but my family reminded me that I had made a commitment and had to follow through with it.
There were many times through my 3.5 years in the Army that I wondered why I had joined, why did I feel like it was my calling especially seeing as I didn’t stay in. Then I see my husband who I met while in the military and at the life we have together and at our beautiful daughter, and I know it was meant to be.
While my personal experience in the military wasn’t great, it was an honor to serve my country, and I don’t regret my decision. I also truly believe that the military is for some people and not for others. I know many people still in the military who love what they do, and I am happy that they found something they enjoy and applaud then for serving our country.
P.S. Do you know anyone in the military? Did they/you think it was a good decision to join?