Don’t know what to do after high school? Have you thought about joining the military?

My Story of Joining the Military

I did not know what I wanted to do after high school. I never even thought about joining the military, but my graduation was coming, and I really did not what to do. So in many ways I was lost and was not too sure what to do.

Luckily for me my school told all the seniors that if we took the ASVAB (which is the military entrance exam which determines which jobs you qualify for) that we would miss the first three classes. So, me being me thought that was a great deal and I took the ASVAB. I didn’t think much of it and didn’t take the test too seriously.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and I get my test results. It was a decent score and didn’t think much of it at the time. I didn’t even think much of the military still at this point. I just didn’t want to go to class.

Around December of my senior year I started to really think about my future and what I was going to do after high school. I didn’t have much guidance, and this was the first time I was thinking about “what next”? I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career nor with my life. No college fund, so I knew that if I went immediately to college after high school, I would need to figure out how to pay for it.

My Decision to Join the Military

Then I thought about the military. One of my friends was joining it, but he was very motivated about it, not in an annoying way like the JROTC kids but excited. So, I gave it some thought and thought that it would be pretty cool to say when I am old that I was in the military for four years. So then I decided I would go for it. Also, I thought it would give me some discipline, some structure, my schooling would be paid afterwards, I also was thinking that after four years I would know what I wanted to do with my life, and the challenge aspect really intrigued me. It was the challenge of could I do this. Could I join the military and be successful at it? Could I do something that in the movies looks very hard?


What is your reason for joining? Or what was your reason for joining?

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