I served in the Navy for four years, during parts of that time I was confined to solely being on based and around the military community on the island of Oahu. During the latter part of my time served, I ventured out of that community, and into the realities of an unfamiliar culture. The generalized stereotype was that the local populations of Hawaiians were sometimes extremely aggressive towards the military members serving on the island. Some viewed that we moved onto their island and stole land from them, as well as Americanized their society. I can definitely see where they are coming from. Recalling the similar situation of early settlers of the United States, who drove out the Native-American-Indians, slowly pushing them from their homeland in the Americas.
In my time spent in Hawaii I felt a double standard of judgment, where it was socially acceptable for the Native Hawaiians to stereotype the members of the armed forces living on island AKA the “haole’s,” and us being non-natives essentially had to keep our mouths shut and accept that, or feel...
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...ng the time I had served. I am sure my experience would have been considerably different if I were stationed in a place like San Diego or Virginia Beach, where a military presence is more respected and appreciated.
In my time of being in the military, there was much that I learned as a young adult. Living in a vastly differently culture compared to the one I was raised and lived in my whole life, was extremely eye opening. There was much in the military that hindered me, as well as much that aided my journey through life thus far. In this essay I illustrated how the military hindered me at that point of time in a specific environment, which I was essentially forced to live in, due to enlisting in the military. The biggest take away for me was, if you treat others the way you want to be treated, with respect and kindness, in general, a person will treat you similarly.
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