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If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck
I am starting this thread for the wannabes. Feel free to post positive comments about how the Army has helped you, either with a problem, helping you mature, teaching you skills whatever.
Wannabes, read the stories, take note of what the Army can help you out with. Have a question about something ask away.
Any negative posts will be deleted, any post that drift off topic will be deleted.
Ok, I wasn't in the real military (don't count ROTC as the real military) for long but I want to say that going to Fort Benning was the greatest decision I ever made.
Prior to going to Fort Benning, I had 0 self-confidence, was overly shy, and when I walked I looked at the ground almost seeming to be ashamed of myself.
Since the last two years I've got back, I'm a new person in a positive way. I'm not the most outgoing guy and still quiet but I've improved to such a degree that anyone who knew me before immediately comments on this. I now look straight ahead when I walk instead of looking in the ground and show a sense of pride.
Is this kind of thing what you're looking for grunt?
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If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck
I was a 17 year old high school drop out when I joined the Army. I was actually NG first, but when I joined the guard I was still in school. got sent to Basic and AIT under the assumption that I would graduate. Well, I dropped out like a moron. The Guard gave me 3 months the get a GED or get the boot. I decided I wanted to go regular Army but I still had to get my GED. I had a problem, wasn't good at math. Couldn't pass the test to save my life. I had a recruiter who went above and beyond, he motivated me to get the GED, kept me focused on the goal, hell, without that guy my situation in life would be very differant. He almost forced me into getting that thing. Helped me with the math big time, even talked to the GED lady and she helped tutor me also. Passed the test, finally, and joined the Regular Army. Every day since then I have been challenged. I have proven to myself time and again that not matter how hard the challenge, with disipline, drive, and determination I can accomplish anything. The Army taught me that. The Army taught me what duty means, professionalism, being a leader vs. being a boss, the honor of leading men. 9 years later I am a Staff Sergeant. I am working on a criminal justice degree, paid for by the Army. I have a brand new Car and a truck, I have been able to do things and see things I wouldn't have had I not been allowed to join. I'm in shape, not hurting for anything. All my needs and wants are only limited to how I choose to spend my money. I have met some of the most awsome men that have ever walked the face of the earth, and I call them my friends. The Army has done a whole lot for someone who at one point in life would have never gotten a job worth anything because I couldn't pass a math test.
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If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck
yea man, that's the kinda thing that needs to be posted in here. Might help a wannabe out. I was along those lines to. I was a total shy nerd, now I am amoung those called the Badest Mo Fos in the Army, the INFANTRY!
the army is making me the woman i wan to be thats what its doing for me. its letting me go out and see the world before i die. its also leting me do things i would of never done in the marine corps.
Where to start...I spent the majority of my adult life in the Army, and now that I'm retired and living and working with civilians, most of whom never wore a uniform, I find myself looking at them and life in general, differently. But I digress.
Some of the things I learned in the Army:
Never to quit no matter how cold, tired, wet, or miserable I was.
However bad things are, they can always get worse.
Self-respect(I really hate the expression "self-esteem")is something that is earned, not given. (Come to think of it, I never heard that expression in the Army. We used words like Honor, Duty, Self-respect, self-discipline, courage, integrity)
Some of the things that the Army did for me:
Gave me the opportunity to work and live in places that I otherwise would never had a chance to see - Europe, Greenland, The Azores, all over the United States.
Gave me the opportunity to meet some people whom I would never have met as an ordinary civilian (the Vice President, Secretary of Defense, Chariman of the JCS, Chief of Staff of the Army, Secretary of State, Several Senators and Congressmen, Foreign heads of state).
Let me serve with some honest-to-God heroes.
Let me experience the pride of wearing my country's uniform.
What hasn't the Army done for me.
I enlisted as something to do after I lost my law school scholarship (long story involving beer and women ). I got to go learn Arabic and listen to static for hours at a time.
Then I got the chance to jump out of airplanes and live in holes in the ground.
Oh, then I got to be stoplossed, so I figured I might as well be an officer if the Army was going to keep me.
I got to take an awesome business trip to Iraq and meet interesting people (who tried to kill me and vice versa). When I got home, I decided I had enough and that the civilian world and that elusive law degree were waiting for me. But, then my older brother was killed in Iraq, followed by two close friends.
Somewhere along the line I sold out and decided that the there were things bigger than myself. I made the choice to stay in until this mess is over, or the Army doesn't want me (which ever comes first).
Besides bad feet, a bum shoulder, and far too many desert boots, the Army has given me a foreign language, a security clearance, college loan repayment, a bonus, and now a Masters degree.
It's also given me the chance to meet some of the best people in world and the opportunity to continue my family's tradition of pride and honor.
When I was growing up I had a lot of dreams. I wanted to go to Alaska because I loved Jack London's stories. I wanted to be an EMT because they help people. I wanted to go to Ukraine because I loved the stories about the old Kievan Rus. I wanted to go to college to make a better life for myself. I wanted to wear an Army uniform because my grandfather did.
After I enlisted in the Army as an Infantryman I was stationed in Alaska for 5 years. I was sent to EMT school so that I could help my fellow Infantryman if need be. I just got back from Ukraine. I am going to college. My Dress Blue photo now hangs next to my grandfather's.
In a sense the Army has given me the opportunity to fulfill every childhood dream I had. Every one that I can remember having anyway. I owe the Army a lot and I am greatfull that I am able to continue to serve.
I grew up as a know it all street -punk from Chicago.
I used to get in all kinds of trouble with the law ( Thank God my father was a former Marine and Chicago Police Officer) so there was never anything serious.
I joined the Army at 17.
I never wanted anything else but INFANTRY.
The Army opened up my eyes to all kinds of things I was never aware of.
It showed me my true potential.
It taught me to never quit.
It taught me the value of teamwork and the ability to trust the guy next to me with my life.
I was lucky enough to have good NCOs to guide me away from destructive behavior and instill in me pride for my unit and more importantly pride in myself.
I have experienced things that I would have never had the chance to if I had stayed a civilian,
Not once have I ever had regrets about joining the military.
I constantly meet people that say "I wish I would have joined."
I'm glad I not one of them.
I have never had a problem getting a job.
In fact eveything that I've done since the Army has been easy.
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I think that one is the most important thing the Army did for me.
Great thread, gruntpain1775!
I'll try to think up a good list for this thread later. I don't know if I can sum it up any better than airdiablo6, though. The Army made the rest of my life seem easy.
I can talk to girls now without getting all nervous and sweaty.
That's all that matters, right?
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I joined shortly after High School in 1982 as well and was starting to drift from job to job. I will admit with all the research I did including a in person visit to talk to Soldiers at my local Infantry NG unit. I wasn't really clued in as to what I was getting into until the bus doors opened at Ft. Benning and the screaming started.
So what the Army did for me looking back:
1. Instilled self-confidence and broke me out of the being shy mode once and for all.
2. Taught me to ignore what others thought of me and for me to only pay attention to my abilities / strengths, taught me I could improve on my abilities and the only real obstacle to advancement in life was myself.
3. Taught me that others would tell me I would fail when they had no clue themselves. This is the best I think because I see it again and again. Before I shipped to Infantry OSUT I was told I would fail by peers in 1982. Even as recent as the Early Spring of 2007 I was told I would fail with losing weight. People will never stop telling you, you will fail or scoffing at your objectives in life.....they are always wrong, BTW.
4. Paid largely for my college education. Going through college is a lot easier when your not worrying about where next semesters funding will come from. Also nice to graduate almost completely debt free when your peers have close to a half a house in debt. Adds to your self confidence in life if you can pay for your own education instead of relying on your parents like some kids do. Your also more apt to study hard when you realize the hard work that went into that tuition payment.
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I had always wanted to be a Marine as a kid... not sure why, most the fam was Army or AF, but anyways.
There I was a 20 year old kid with an Associates degree making more money than a 20 year old should... but I hated my job. I wanted to go back to school but already had $20K in loans out. I was pretty shy and soft spoken, I shrugged off responsibility and was a "follower".
I think the proccess in the last, almost 4 years, was a gradual evolution... big up front from basic and then gradual, big in Iraq, and then gradual again.
I made some of the best friends I will ever know, I traveled to places that I never would have as a civilian, I did soo many cool things that I don't even bother explaining to my civilian friends about cause it would raise a thousand more questions. I can now ernestly say that I am a "leader" in personality... but part of being a leader is knowing how to follow, especially in the military.
As I am now in the Guard I can attend for free pretty much any school I am accepted to.
I have the pride of belonging to a time honored group, and the satisfaction and admiration from others for serving my country... and I would'nt trade my experience for anything.
I am most deffinetely a different person then I was 4 years ago, but for the better, not saying you have to go off to war to become a man... but at my current age of 23 I would probably more resemble that 20 year old boy still if it weren't for the US Army. I was an immature 220 year old as most are, but I'm constantly told that my maturity and wisdom is well past 23
I'm still a quite person at times but far from hy and far from being afraid to speak up.
Oh yeah, I'm not a recruiter, but about the pay... added up, the beni's are better than a huge majority of 18-30 year olds will get, especially in this economy. It'll pay your bills, and when it comes in lump sums(IE bonuses, deployment incentives and tax free) it comes big.
Joined out of highschool, 18x.
Airborne, Special Forces ,Sere, Arabic
Europe tour, free ski trips.
Witnessing Afghanistan on the downturn
My beautiful german girlfriend
Best friends I can imagine with the closes bond : war
My 2008 BMW 135i
Friends back home who arent doing JACK with a college degree
Life is beautiful thanks to the Army
I'm the guy most of you guys used to be except for the shy and miserable thing. I'm trying to get into the Army but I'm only 17 with a sixth grade education. I've been told that I'm eligable for the Army GED program. I want to be somebody and the Army is the only way I'll be able to achieve anything with my life. So wish me luck that everything comes out right.
I was very sheltered, with a lot of family support, when I grew up in a small village in Germany. My father died when I was nine years old on his fifth heart attack and with his death our family became fractured.
My mother re-married a soldier who was 14 years her junior. This soldier ended up raping several women in my hometown and nearly killed one of them. He also raped me at the age of 13 years.
I also was considered the ugly duckling in my class, since my eyesight was nearly non-existing and I had to wear very thick eye glasses, further being withdrawn after the rape and wearing clothing articles that were to large for me did not help my situation.
I married later on a man who turned out to be abusive and after seven years of marriage I left the relationship only to engage into another marriage, this time with someone who nearly financially ruined me ( I worked since I am 15, he was 14 years older and never worked, alcoholic etc.).
I think finally I decided that my choices were only hindering me in life to get ahead and I did not want to end up as a bitter woman, living for the next paycheck and depending on a man. I decided to hold off on relationships and focus on what to do with my future.
I decided to join the military and actually I did not even really think about how it could improve me, because I tried at this time to just keep my head above water. I did know that I wanted to serve this country who did allow me to take classes in college and at least give me hope that I had an opportunity, which likely I would not have had at my age in Germany. To my surprise while I wanted to serve my country, my country served me ten fold. Here is what the military done for me in the past six years:
1. Allowed me to complete my associates degree at age 37 and now to complete my BSN at age 39. Further, it developed in me a person who sets goals that are not only depend on tomorrow, but long term goals and I know that my accomplishments will not end with the BSN.
2. Taught me that I have a competitive nature and that I had the discipline to win boards and sculpt my body : Soldier of the month and SGT of the quarter, further winning competitions that involve running and even events that involve muscle sculpting and aerobics.
3. Improved my self-esteem and allowed me to grow into that woman that was always hiding beneath those frumpy outfits and thick glasses. Also, my choices in terms of relationships are very different now, since men can sense a strong woman and therefore I attract now those who treat me as a Lady should be treated.
4. Improved my financial situation to the point to were the bad credit that my ex-husband created is now changed to excellent credit with money left over every month, while driving my long wanted convertible!
5. I am now a role-model to my son who is nearly 18 years of age and has developed into a fine young man who himself sets goals and reaches higher than he would have if I would have stayed were I was.
6. At the age of 36 I was finally able to see without glasses after a Doctor gave me cataract surgery. Never ever in my life have I dreamed that I would ever see and this is by far the best gift ever. To not be able to see is very scary and to know that with age my eyesight eventually would have degenerated into blindness was a very frightening prospect. Today, I only wear glasses to read.
7. I am able to keep my promise to my father that I made when I was 8 years old. I promised him that I would become a nurse and help those who suffer, because the nurses during his illness made an incredible impression on my father and myself.
8. My confidence which was prior non-existing has now developed and allowed me to face a year ago my rapist and allowed me to tell him that his actions do not define today who I am and will be in the future. So while he serves in prison another sentence for rape; I serve my country!
So in the end I have to ask who served whom here? I have to say that the ARMY has been serving me for some time now and I know in my heart that I will stay until I retire. Therefore my service only touches a fraction of what this country and military has done for me.
~ Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.~ Lao-Tzu
I love that one, short and to the point!! lol
wow!!!! your story is very inspiring/// i am new to this forum. i am thinking about joining the military the only thing that is holding me back is my age, i am 36 years old.. i am in college and would like to pursue a degree. any advice for someone who is lost!!!
I obviously disagree that age should be a factor in not accommplishing your goals and certainly should be no reason to hold you back. I obviously can promise nobody that they will have the same experience as I do. However, I truly believe in my heart if you invest the time that is needed to grow, regardless in what you decide to grow and will be prepared to at times make some sacrifices you will eventually reach your goals. I was 33 when I joint the ARMY, therefore if you are contemplating to join the military and age is your worry I can tell you that you should not have to worry about such if you physical healthy. They will get you to the level you have to be and with a little bit work on your part and participation you will be successful!
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