How the Military Has Shaped My Life and Prepared Me for the Future

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How the Military has Shaped My Life and Prepared Me for the Future Barry Coleman
PSY 202
Dr. Moore
December 19, 2010

How the Military has Shaped My Life and Prepared Me for the Future For me the decision to join the military provided me with discipline and taught me leadership skills that will forever have an impact on who I am as a person. Many young people in United States decide to join the military after high school each year. Although military life can be challenging it can be rewarding and beneficial as well. I grew up in Virginia the second oldest of four children. Both my parents were hard working people. My father often worked multiple jobs and my mother worked out of the home as well as prepared all family meals and doing most of the household chores, with the help of my brother and sisters. My parents believed in honest work and obeying the rules and this message was delivered to my siblings and me on a regular basis. I was shy and introverted during my childhood. My family believed that children should be seen but not heard and that certainly fit my personality. I was a very good student throughout my school years and although small in stature was also athletic. I played basketball and ran track in junior high and high school. Although I was a good student, I didn’t know what I wanted to do after high school. I had an interest in government and politics however I knew I didn’t want to be a politician. I applied to college and was accepted as a political science major. My family could afford to send me to college however it would have to be close to home so that I could stay at home and commute, thereby saving the cost of room and board. However, I was not completely comfortable with that choice. What I really wanted to do was to go away to college and gain some independence. I believed that once young people graduated high school they were supposed to leave home and be more responsible for their lives. As a result of this belief...
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