Prepare for glory!!!

January 27, 2008 at 5:43 AM (Navy, Recruitment) (, , )

A word of advice for all you potential recruits out there. Don’t go in for the glory. Make sure you are going in for the right reasons. Consider your alternatives and benefits. Counterstrike fgts and snipers-are-so-kewl wannabes need not apply. For the rest of you click here for enlightenment.

If you are looking at the military, be prepared to spend a LONG time researching, and more importantly, THINKING, about your choices. This is the type of thing where emotional decisions can really mess you up, the last thing you want to do is go straight to a recruiter to find out information. Do your own research online and by asking friends or family who are in the military. Recruiters have a job to do, and that is to recruit you. They will tell you what you want to hear, regardless if it is really what is best for you. It is best to think of a recruiter as a tool, they are not your friends. You are just a statistic on their recruiting belt, a simple conquest. Metaphorical conquests okay. If they actually try to have sex with you call the cops, you probably get a cash reward for reporting that type of stuff. I wasn’t so lucky, my recruiter just wanted to recruit me.

The military is first and foremost a job, maybe a career job, and will shape your potential future. Educate yourself on the recruiting process and job choices, keeping in mind that even if the job you want looks good, you may not qualify for it depending on your ASVAB scores or a medical disqualifier. The recruitment process begins with you, make sure it is what you really want to do for the next few years of your life, and that is not a yes/no question. Personally, I took a year to make my decision, and initially I opted against it and went to college instead. Take your time.
If you are coming straight out of high school it is still a good choice if you have no aspirations for college, but these days I find that hard to believe kids don’t want to go to college. It is your life, you need to want to change it before you can make it happen. Still, I’m not telling you its going to be rainbows and unicorns, even if you want it, you might not be cut out for military life. It happens. Again, it’s not the type of thing you can act tough and assume it’ll work out eventually, you sign that contract, you are bound to the military for the length of your enlistment. Think about it long and hard, take your time, don’t make a hasty decision because you are scared of the future or something. The military won’t solve that problem for you, that’s all on you.

For my next trick, I’m going pull my personal recruitment story out of this hat. Look foward to it.


1 Comment

  1. Potch said,

    ya u better have thought long and hard about it. u have so much damned freetime. better spent thinking about the future and your options whether you will eventually act on or not. its than melt away watching anime or playing WOW

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