Military vs Civilian Life

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Dionte Lavette
Gary Henry

English 112

July 19, 2009

Have you ever sat a thought to your self “If I joined the military would my life be different?” Now when people think of the military they think of going to war and getting yelled at, but there are so many differences between military life and civilian. Most people sometimes believe that military life and civilian life are the same. Now there are a lot of differences their occupational life, living expense and some the freedoms they have.

Occupational life is an example of differences between military and civilian life. In civilian life, you have the choice to work different shifts, day or night, and when your scheduled hours are over, you are able to go home. In Military you are a 24-hour employee, as a soldier—meaning that you are continuously on-call and do not have the option to “call-off.” In civilian occupational life, you also have the ability to choose what job you would like to have. You have Option to choose whether you want to be a doctor or even a janitor; whereas, in the military, you do not have the option to choose, your job is chosen by an assessment, which may limit the career choices available. Job security in the military is an advantage, however because people in the military never have to worry about “down-sizing” or lay-offs. Job security as a civilian you do not know if you will have a job tomorrow. Your job, as a civilian, is based on the growth of the company and the state of the economy.

Freedom is another difference between military life and civilian life. Spending time with your family is very important as a soldier and as a civilian. The freedom of being a civilian is having the choice of going home and spending time with your children and loved ones. As a soldier, that option does not readily exist because deployments and missions take you away from your family. A civilian also has the choice to choose where they would like to reside. Now as a soldier that’s not...
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