Why I Wanted to Join the Military
Once I moved back to my hometown, I felt as if I was lost. I didn’t know what I was going to do to earn money or get around since my car had broken down. I am from a diminutive town where finding a job is scarce and one would have to travel 40 minutes to an hour to seek work. It was devastating to know that I wasn’t able to remain in the city I was currently residing in, because there were so many opportunities available. Due to certain circumstances, I had to move back home and figure out my life.
After much thought, I decided that joining the military would be my way out of this misery. I conducted an in-depth research over the web and had confabulated with individuals who had been in the military prior, as well as those who were currently serving. Most of them stated that if they could do it over, they would have never enlisted. I did not encounter one person who had something good to say about joining the military. Of course, that didn’t affect my decision because I was still adamant about enlisting. I went on to chatting with Navy recruiters and learned more about that branch. The more I learned, the more intrigued I became.
Joining the Navy became a temporary passion. It was something that I really wanted to do at that precise time. Once I learned that I had to cut my hair in boot camp, it changed my decision to join the Navy. I know that it is a crazy reason to have a change of heart but that just proved that it wasn’t a passion after all since I wasn’t willing to do whatever it took to get in. A couple days later, I started to learn more about the Army. I knew that I was going to join the Army or the Navy solely because of the boot camp. I didn’t think that I could handle the the activities that the Marines, Air Force, and the Coast Guard execute during boot camp.
The First Time I Met My Recruiter
Once I was certain that joining the Army was the right decision for me, I called the recruiters office and made an appointment. Calling the office made me nervous; I don’t know why, but for some reason I thought that they were going to yell at me over the phone. Like how they yell at you in boot camp, but I later learned that yelling only takes place in boot camp — or at least I think. Although my recruiter didn’t yell at me, I thought the conversation was extremely odd since he confused me with someone else.
One week after I called my recruiter and made an appointment, I went to the office. My nerves kicked in again and I was beyond nervous. I didn’t go alone, which I am thankful for because you always want someone there for moral support. My family didn’t support me, so someone else was willing to be my support system. To my amazement, he was very kind and was willing to tell me everything that I needed to know about joining the Army. The meeting lasted for three hours, but during that time, I was able to learn about the military, income, what they offered for college, take a practice test, schedule to take the real test. Basically, everything went well.
Taking the ASVAB
A week after I met with the recruiter, I was scheduled to take the ASVAB. I awoke that morning with the ASVAB test on my mind and wondered what was going to take place. Am I going to encounter the worst possible sergeant who is going to yell at me and make me do push-ups just to give me a taste of what I am in for? I was so nervous that I didn’t have an appetite, so I didn’t eat breakfast. Big mistake!
When I arrived at the recruiting station, I had to wait for an hour before they took us to the place where we supposed to take the test. It was just two of us. If you want to know what I was doing at the recruiting station for an hour, well, it was absolutely nothing. I just sat there playing a game on my phone as my recruiter and his co-worker were figuring out some paper work. Finally, we arrived at the testing site and there were a lot of people there; everyone had to wait in line. I showed the sergeant my license and in return he gave me a document with all of my personal information on it. I then got into the next line to show the instructor my identification and the document that the sergeant gave me. We had to recite our social security number and birthday back to the instructor as well as state whether or not we have taken the test before. Subsequently, we were to grab two pencils and have a seat.
Once I was seated, I was no longer nervous. The only thing that was bothering me was my hunger. My stomach was growling the whole time and it was hard to concentrate. I wasn’t the only one with a growling stomach. The whole room sounded like a choir singing at a concert, which was also a distraction. During the test we did not getting any breaks. If we had to use the restroom, we were permitted but the instructor wasn’t going to wait if it was time to move on to the next section of the test.
After sitting there for three hours, it was finally over. We had to wait outside of the classroom to see if we had passed or not. Fortunately, I passed along with three other people. It was unfortunate that almost the entire class failed the test. It was about 25-30 people who were taking the test. I was so happy when I found out that I passed, because I would have hated to sit there and retake the test again.
Why I Changed My Mind About Enlisting in the Military
After taking the test, the next step was to wait for a job to be available, and then go to MEPS. I believe it was a week after I took the test that I realized I was doing something that I really didn’t want to do. I could elaborate on why I changed my mind about joining the military, but there is nothing to elaborate on. The answer is simple…I didn’t feel that it was for me. I have never in my life thought of joining the military. I felt that I shouldn’t give on my dreams, so I worked hard and applied to jobs. Eventually I found one. Subsequently, I got into writing, sold eBooks, started my online jewelry boutique, founded a work from home agency, and in the midst of starting an online college. Had I went to the military, I wouldn’t have time to write, which is my passion. Who knows, maybe in the future I may feel differently about my decision to not join but right now, I think it was the best decision that I ever made.