Enlisting in the armed forces carries a lot of challenge with it. The hardships are great, and any day you may be called upon to risk your very life in the service of something larger than yourself. Since there’s no draft, this is a volunteer military, so you have the option to think about it. When you do, a lot of things are going to go through your mind, both for better and for worse.
On the one hand, the military is all about keeping the country safe. This goal of safety is no easy task, and it can easily result in being badly injured. But on the other hand, there is also the issue of making sure the fight is as far away from the United States as is humanly possible. If the fight gets too close, let alone right on our soil, it can be disastrous. One of the most noble goals in the world is to serve other people, and keep them safe even if you don’t know them.
While the war on terror has not always gone as smoothly as one would hope, ultimately its purpose is a just one. But what about where you can go from the foundation of a military career. Not only do you receive training in a valuable skill. You also receive one of the best possible lines on your resume, for when you rejoin the civilian world. Sooner or later you’ll come back, and the more patriotic people might call you a hero. You’ll know you are one when you feel like you don’t deserve the title. Ultimately, it’s a decision that requires some thought.