My Experience Living the Military Life

Imagine living in a small town at 17 with no idea what to do upon graduation. I was a girl that was ready to move away from my one horse town and see the world. College did not hold any appeal for me at that time so I needed another plan. The military was just what I needed.

The Military Call

Desert Storm was big news and one day I just had this strong desire to join the military. Since my dad was in the Navy, I originally intended to join that branch. A friend that I worked with suggested the Air Force would be a better fit for me as a woman. My dad agreed with this assessment so the decision was made to join the Air Force.

The Military Life

The military was a perfect option for me because it gave me a chance to move away from home with a certain level of security. For the first few years, I lived in the dorms and ate in the mess hall. I met some great people during this time. Another great thing was having virtually no expenses.

Aside from a great deal of training and the occasional temporary duty, I spent much of my time in an office. My typical day was working in an office that did simulator training. Part of my work was to help with training missions. Public speaking was another valuable skill I acquired. I also learned teamwork as well as navigation and survival skills.

The Challenges

Most people I knew would not have imagined me joining the military. Even now, people seem surprised to learn of my military background. I did have some tough times in the military and I was not good at everything, but I am proud of my accomplishments. I am honored to have served my country.

The Gains

My military time gave me a great jump-start into adulthood. I gained valuable work experience and help with college. When my enlistment was up, I was able to work as a contractor with the military. It was a good job and I never would have had the opportunity without the military experience. I will always remember my world travels as a definite highlight of my life. If I had it to do over again, I would make the same decision. The experience and confidence I gained from the military is priceless.

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