My journey into the Air Force was one that started off as a business transaction which transformed into one of duty, honor, and service. I have had the distinctive honor of leading joint forces to search for downed aircrew and leading multinational forces to increase combat capability on the Republic of Korea. I know that I am a part of the Air Force lethal force and am prepared to answer my nations calling in any way required.
Following the Romans, the U.S. military is split into different branches of specialized soldiers. Instead of having generic soldiers, the U.S. have branches specialized for land, sea, and aerial battle. There are five branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine C...
I took an oath at age 17 to be a part of an enormous family by joining the Michigan Army National Guard. I decided to join for many different reasons, but the main reason was the path I saw myself taking wasn’t a good one. I have always been interested in a job that kept you on your toes and wasn’t the same nine to five that the majority of people despise working.
A couple of weeks later, we sat down with my mom and decided on my job. I choose to become a Human Resource Specialist. Then the big day came: MEPS. I was excited and nervous, but I was finally glad to be doing it. On March 3rd of 2015, at seventeen years old, I swore to serve and protect my country. It was a big accomplishment for me. It is one day that I definitely will not forget. The feeling and excitement I felt to be doing something so different from all my friends gave me a great since of pride. The following month, I started to drill with my unit until I shipped out for basic. I did not know what a Drill Sergeant was, but I learned real fast. Honestly, going to drill taught me a lot of useful things that I would use in basic. Then the day finally came for me to leave. I left at the end of May about week after my school was over. We drove to Dyersburg to finish my paper work then my recruiter took me to get on my plane in Memphis. I had about a 3 hour flight and then a 5 hour bus ride to get to Fort Jackson, South Carolina. My long journey of ten weeks was just beginning. Basic training pushed me physically and mentally than I thought I was ever capable of
At the time, I was working at JCPenny’s, and I most definitely didn’t see myself folding t-shirts and hanging up clothes, for my rest of my life. And after high school graduation, I wasn’t ready to jump right back into the books. At the age of 17, 18, and 19, students end their last year of high school with 3 choices -- college, military, or work. However, for me, it was the United States Army.
While attending college, September 11th happened. This was a huge eye opener for me, so I signed up for the Army and shipped to BCT/AIT in April of 2002. This is where I learned to become a Soldier and an Army Firefighter. I learned many skills during this period
Joining the Corps of Cadets is the one action that led me to where I am today. If I could go back, I would do it again. Ironically, the results of this action are far different than I expected them to be.
I don’t really have much of a history with service. I have wanted to get involved ever since I was little. My parents worked a lot when I was younger, though, in order to keep my family afloat and so they never had the time to take my siblings or I to any extracurricular activities. But my parents understood that even if we weren’t very rich, we were still more fortunate than some, and ensured that we didn’t just assume that we could get away with doing nothing just because someone else could do more. My family did the best we could with what we had. My parents always made sure not to throw away anything if it could be donated. They grew up in very large and fairly poor families, so they learned how to take care of things well and make it last,
After my father was released from jail when I was a young child, he would always tell me stories of his past within the United States Army as a soldier. In his own words, being a soldier was one of the greatest honors he has in his life. Moreover, being a soldier allowed him to defend the country that made him who he is today. From the way he would talk about his experience in the military, I progressively became interested in it. Eventually, I made it my goal to surpass my father’s accomplishments in the army. To go a step further, I wanted to become one of the greatest soldiers of my nation.
Everyday over 180,000 people enlist in the United States Armed Forces and nearly another 20,000 become officers. The military provides the United States with protection and support in times of need and war. Not only that, the service branches provide benefits to the men and women who serve and the service provides a better life for the people that join and that in the future both men and women will have equal in the military and not have a double standard for women.
I have been in the military now for 8 years. That is the biggest life event/ experience I have achieved and faced for myself. Being a part of the military has formed me into a leader and a follower. Those two traits alone have giving me the self awareness that I can do and achieve anything and everything I apply myself too. I have been to several bases in the world and I have learned other countries, cultures and inter strength to with stand the changes I consistently face as a military member. I have been back in the states now for a few years and I have been working on my career progression and I am at the point in my career and my personal life where I need to achieved and focus more on my personal goals and achieve a higher level of education.
To start I like to begin with the reasons that I believe influence my decision to join and serve in the military. Since I was a child, I always wanted to play with G.I. Joes and I watched high school students that were in JROTC jog and P.T. after school on the way home. Playing with those toys and observing that comradery made me want to join and experience that also. Now in high school myself I signed up for JROTC and began to realize that this type of work is something that I excel in and I know that in the military it will be more difficult and challenging but I will accomplish that work too because I love the military and it won't be work for me because when you love what you do
At the age of seven, my mother enrolled me in Cub Scouts. My father had recently deployed to Iraq for a 15 month tour, and I was struggling to put it mildly. I was an active child with a passion for the outdoors and a fondness for all things adventurous. I immediately fell in love with the Scouting. Being surrounded