When i heard about all the benefits and things you can gain by joining the military service i started to take this option more serious and I’ve been researching a lot with the purpose of helping me find an answer. Is either "I join" or "I do not".
I have one big reason and that could be the one that will make me take this decision, that reason is the personal life experience, like I will be more mature, disciplined, respectful, and a better person.
Another one is, I can imagine (picture) myself wearing that uniform and experiencing the most proud moment i will ever have in my life, that would be becoming a Marine with the purpose to serve my country and fight for what’s right if it’s necessary.
More reasons, and this ones are probably the ones I have for the last, those are the benefits. I heard the military can help you build your future, I give some examples: College, Medical, ETC…
Not to mention the possibilities of going around the world, and like I said before my first reason and most important one, the one that will keep me going and never would make me say that "I shouldn’t have joined" is the word "Marine" that’s the best way to describe it, no need to explain just imagine.
I want to join for the right reason, I want to be a Marine. I don’t want to tell everybody "Hey, look at me and my pretty uniform" or make myself look like the though one… I just want to go there and give my best, I want to go there and make my Family and Friends proud, and if i have to go to war, no worries because when you join you need to have no fear and be prepare because that’s what pretty much you go for, that was your decision, that’s what the Military is about.
Anyways that was my explanation about my reasons and the things that keep me thinking about taking this HUGE step.
My actual question is:
Does anybody please and I really hope a real Marine, experienced Marines can help me by giving me some really important tips. What i mean is like a "pros" and "cons" about taking this decision. I know is the most dangerous job I can think of and a lot of people that are close to me feel like this is something that i really need to be sure i want to do it. I also know that becoming Marine requires a lot of potential and a lot that I don not know, and that I will find out what it is when I’m there, but whatever it is, I have to be strong (physically & mentally) to get through it.
I am a Sophomore in High School and possible graduating early, i should be a junior, but is a long story… so i want to get over with school already. I have pretty good grades, my GPA is around 4.0 and believe i do not want to become an officer or something like it. Still i think i might do good in the ASVAB test.
I am in good shape, I know getting in shape will not help me in boot camp that much, but at least i am giving it a shot.
13 weeks of hard work and discipline, I’m not afraid, I just need people to tell me their experiences and maybe help me take this decision. Parents are cool with it. All the branches of the military are great, but the Marine Corps are the ones that take more of my attention.
If i was a senior in High School right now (I WILL FOR SURE JOIN THE MARINES NO MATTER WHAT, THERE IS SOMETHING THAT MAKES ME WANT TO JOIN AND I KNOW I WON’T REGRET IT) I’ve researched a lot and I know most of the basic stuff, still I’m not afraid of war neither of having a Drill Sargent screaming on my face. I go because I like it and I see this like a serious and great experience.
I will appreciate your help and let’s see how this goes.