There are many benefits to joining the military. Sure there are many sad stories of soldiers who don’t come home, or ones that have PTSD, and more. These stories happen more often than we would like. However, there are a huge variety of benefits. I can’t say that everyone SHOULD go serve the US Military since everyone is in a different situation. I do believe that it is something everyone should seriously at least consider.
Also just to be clear, I’ve never been in the military, but it has been something I’ve considered time and time again, and these are the major factors that have drawn me.
1) It will build character. Better work ethic, more reliable, trustworthy. All great traits that the military has been known to build into people. Sure, not everyone comes back an ideal citizen, but it’s possible that they came back better than they would have been if they had just been doing other things.
2) Pay for college. This is pretty common knowledge, but the military pays for you to educate yourself to become a better member of society. This is good in so many ways.
3) Build strong friendships. Anyone who’s been on a sports team can tell you that sweating and puking with a group of people is bonding. The only sad part is that, in the military, you may have the chance of losing them.
4) America loves its’ soldiers/marines/seamenwomen/airmenwomen. Soldiers coming home, dogs missing their parent, kids missing their parent, wives missing their husbands, husbands missing their wives, parents missing their kids, brothers missing brothers, sisters missing sisters, etc… etc… I think in terms of endearment, American businesses tend to put them on a pedestal. While it’s not always deserved, it’s pretty common to automatically hold them in higher regard.
5) You do a lot of really cool stuff. I’ve never shot a .50 cal sniper rifle before. I’ve never thrown a grenade, learned to shoot a mortar, or practiced breaching, but these are things I think would be exciting to do.
6) There are a lot of opportunities in the military. Whether you want to be a doctor, a financial analyst, marketing, infantrymanwoman, or anything you want, you can probably find it in the military.
7) It pays comparably well. Looking into the actual salaries, compared to a majority of entry level salaries that I’ve seen, the military compensation is pretty good. You probably won’t be a millionaire when you get out, but you’ll have plenty of skills, an almost automatically good reputation, and likely lots of money saved because you probably weren’t spending much of it.
8) You get to travel. This is a pretty incredible opportunity as they have stations throughout the world. I don’t know how they decide where to send you, since maybe you don’t get to pick, but exploring the world seems very exciting.
9) You want to stay in shape. You can’t be lazy, and in the military. I’m not saying every person in the military is a healthy, world class fitness and nutrition expert. But they are forced to do more activity than the average person does. Sometimes it’s good to have that extra push.
10) You just love the USA. Why not work FOR the USA? This countries pretty cool. I’m not saying this is the only way to show your appreciation. However, their is still a view that those who have served, really care about the country, even maybe a little more than the average citizen.
Bonus 11) The government makes great efforts to “promote” veterans. Ever fill out job applications when it asks whether you were a veteran? Or wonder about why Obama makes speeches about veterans? Or why everyone loves those “veterans coming home” stories? It’s because it matters. The government has put a lot of investment into making you a “model citizen.” This is something you should definitely take advantage of. And I’m not saying trick the system, or “take advantage” in the sense of manipulating a system to your own benefit. But knowing that you have extra opportunities out there for yourself that are in your reach, that you should use as a stepping stone to be the best you can be. After all you did work your butt off in service.
Why didn’t I just put “11 reasons why” in the title? I came up with this after I almost finished writing, and 10 is a good number.