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Service Before Self

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English Composition/ Illustration Final Draft
Service Before Self

The day I finally signed up to join the military I knew I was taking a risk in my life. I believe it is important to take risks in life to move into bigger and better things. My first huge decision I made in my life was to join the United States Air Force. My uncle was the main person who put the idea in my head but my dad and my friends thought otherwise. My parents were divorced when I was young and I didn't have the privilege like my friends to sit down and talk their decisions through with their parents. My father was excluded from the draft after he got in a car accident and I didn't think he was very fond me joining the service. The main reason I chose to go into the military was make the decision to serve the country. The major decision in my opinion to join the military is to have the privilege to serve your own country. I think it is great for young men and woman to have ambition to serve and it can change a person into very motivated individual. My uncle and my mother were both very supportive and thought that it would be a great decision in my life. My mother knew it would be hard to see me go but was excited of the idea of coming to visit me in Texas. I knew it was taking a big risk being on my own but I was ready for a change in my life.

With all the excitement of joining the military everything was moving very fast and it was already September 25 and it was time for me to get on the plane to basic training in San Antonio, Texas. During basic training I have never been linked to a more motivated group of people in life. Everyone had a fresh start in life and was very optimistic in where they were going in life. The six and half weeks of basic training went by very fast and I was sent to my tech school upstate in Texas. I was making great friends and had the best grades in my class. Everyone had a great attitude about what they were doing and couldn't wait to get...