Would You Join The Military?

By: Jose Resendez

A huge decision I have recently taken is to join the military. The united states marines to be specific. Of course there is the question of why did I make such a decision? Although there are many reasons, one of these “many” is an article I read of an ex-Marine. Now in this article he does not speak specifically about what he did while serving, however he spoke about how it was after serving and adjusting to normal civilian life. He explicitly explains that there is absolutely no pride when you leave the marines. That at the moment you turn 21 after serving 4 years, you are just trying to get out and escape from that “hell” like environment. Now I am not going to lie, a part of me is also frighten about what there is to come while serving, and after reading some facts like joining the Marines increase your chances of death by 20. He goes on to explain that adjusting to college was also difficult being that he was 21 and everyone else was 18 and they had absolutely no experience in the real world and that they were ignorant to the value of their life’s. Why does this inspire me? I felt like this challenge will really build me like a person and learn to value life and therefore get as much of life as possible. I believe we all need a level of “danger” before we can come to reality and value things as they are and be appreciative. There was much more to the article however there is a saying that the Marine Corp’s has that is really striking. That is “some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem”-president Ronald Regan. I would like to make just one last statement, Joining the Military was my own decision, no one “brainwashed me” into joining; it was on my own accord. “It's no ones fault but my own, it’s the path I have chosen to go”-Eminem