Why I Joined the Military

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Elice Meyer
WR 115a Laurence
January 25, 2013

October 28, 2009: I thought to myself “What did I just do?” During the next six weeks of Boot Camp in Great Lakes, Illinois I was constantly second guessing myself about what I was doing and if this was what I really wanted to do with my life. President Kennedy is well-known for his quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” For many people who join any branch of the military this quote holds true, however, this was not any of the three reasons that led me to becoming a sailor in the United States Navy. The main reason that I joined the Navy was to travel the world and experience life. I was raised in the small town of Alva, Oklahoma, and was from a poor family that did not have the means to travel outside our local area. As my high school graduation date was closing in, I was looking at all of my scholarship applications and all the possibilities of where to attend college. I was running the numbers and realized that I would have to take out quite a few student loans, which would end up leaving me with quite a lot of debt. During the process of going over all of this, an Army recruiter knocked on my door asking me if I was interested in joining the military. Until that day I had never considered joining any branch of the military because I really wanted to go to college and get a higher education. I started considering the military as a viable option and researched every branch. I came to the conclusion that the United States Navy was the best fit for me. I took my oath and flew off to boot camp, all the while asking myself if this was want I really wanted to do? I decided it was and that I was going to push through it no matter what obstacles came my way. I had also decided to join the military because it would allow me to attend college for free. Ever since I was in middle school I saw myself becoming a teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed every opportunity that I...
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