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What made you want to join?

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David’s Answer

People join for different reasons. Lots of people it is a great job opportunity. People join for the education benefits. People join because it is a stable job and they want the long term benefits for their families. People join because they want to get out of their home towns or explore the world. People join out of patriotism. When the draft was around people would join so they could get a specific job, rather than get drafted and be assigned a combat focused job.

I joined the army to get the education benefits. My mother joined the army to get out of her home town. My uncle joined the army to avoid being drafted.
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John’s Answer

I hope this helps you.

When I began my senior year quickly turned 18 within a few weeks. My father sat me down and gave me three options.

1. You can finish high school and go to college, on your own dime, get a job to help pay for it and live at home.
2. You can get a job and live hear but you will have to pay the house 1/3rd of what you make.
3. Join the Marine Corps.

I thought about it for a few months. I came to three conclusions.

1. I wasn't smart enough for college. (Later I found out I was wrong. You can't imagine the idiots who have a college degree)
2. Getting a job and living at home is the easiest thing to do but what were am I going to work? What do I want to do? Who is hiring and why would I want to go to work 9 to 5 every day and be miserable like my parents and most of there friends.
3. Everyone in our family has said my Dad wasn't the same guy when he came back from Vietnam why would I want to do something like that.

I kept thinking, looking for work and visiting recruiters. Finally, I sat down with my father again to discuss my conclusions. The talk went something like this:

I have been looking around for work but I can't find anything I would like to do long term. I don't think I am smart enough for college at least not yet. I would like to join the U.S. Army. I think that would be a good place for me to go.

My father said it was okay and I went back to the recruiter to discuss careers. I decided to become a Water Purification Specialist. I entered the delayed entry program and left for basic training 15 Jan 1991. I did have a job before I entered the U.S. Army and I did pay my father 1/3 of my check each week.

The military did help me to grow and answer all the questions I had. I got my degree, actually associates, bachelors and a master's degree. I now work for the Army National Guard with almost 29 years of combined service.

One answer to "what made you want to join" is that my father insisted upon me having a plan as to what I was going to do. I saw the U.S. Army as a place when I could learn and grow as a person. An easier way of putting it might be, I wanted to be more from life and the U.S. Army was the path I found to get it.

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Michael’s Answer

I joined the Marine Corps in 2005 because I wanted to do something challenging with my life. After speaking with a recruiter I was informed of benefits the Marine Corps had to offer. School was an important benefit that I wanted to utilize. Health care provide by the military was another benefit that I was looking forward to use because I wanted to be healthy. Ultimately I wanted the challenges of what the Marine Corps had to offer. I also want to deploy to Iraq and serve my country. At the end of my career I was able to train recruits as a drill instructor. I have all positive things to say about the decision to join the Marine Corps.
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