Like all things in life, you get out of something whatever you put in to it. To use a somewhat common analogy, you won’t get a home run if you don’t put your shoulders into the swing. They key to success is dedication and commitment. A half-hearted commitment is hardly a commitment at all.
As a sailor in the US Navy, this holds true. You get out of the Navy what you put into it. With hard work, dedication, and commitment, you will earn promotions, awards, and recognition for excellent service. You may even find a fulfilling career within the US Navy. While obeying orders is necessary for success within any branch of the US military, it’s still important to remember that you are not merely a machine, but a thinking, living being with just as much potential as anyone else.
This is why it’s important, upon enlistment, to set goals for yourself. As a sailor, you will have to continue to attain and maintain a certain level of physical fitness. This keeps your heart fit, your mind sharp, and your body ready for action. Setting weight , endurance, or strength goals can give you something to work towards and move beyond, so that you can continue to better yourself on and off duty.
Alternately, you can also set saving and educational goals for yourself. Perhaps you will want to have a certain amount of money saved for your next leave or vacation. Work hard, set some aside, and keep records of your purchases. Be smart with your finances. This way, you can afford your education, and any credit-hour or semester goals you’ve also set for yourself. While you’re working on strengthening your military career, you can prepare yourself for the professional world by setting ambitious yet realistic academic goals for yourself while serving as a sailor.
With enough hard work and discipline, being in the Navy will change your life for the better.