I am going to assume you are already down the path of enlisting and will give you two pieces of advice:
- Attention to detail. Learn attention to detail. Practice attention to detail. Generally I would define this as the ability to do ALL of a task given to you, accurately, in the prescribed time frame, using the resources at your disposal. Why is this important to the military? Because attention to detail will get you through boot camp with simple things like taking care of your gear so it functions properly, and then putting your gear away in the proper place so you know where to find it. A prepared soldier, sailor, or airmen will be more successful.
- Pay Attention. This is an important lesson and not subtly different from attention to detail. This is being able to watch a whole situation and take in the entirety of what is going on. Anecdotally, it could be thought of as the ability to put down the phone and WATCH what is going on around you. This isn't just a younger generation problem at this point as people in their 50's are getting hit by cars because they walked out into traffic staring at their iPhone.
I hope this helps and Good Luck.
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Wow, that’s a great thing to want to look into. First do you know what branch your looking into joining? Is there a career or training your hoping to learn while your enlisted? Best piece of advice is go to a recruiters office that has multiple branches in there and listen to them and see what each will offer you and see what is going to be the best option for you.