There are High School students today who will be making the decision to join the military. Although we would like to think that joining the military is as simple as contacting a military recruiter and signing a piece of paper, today it is not. With a military that is shrinking due in part of budget cuts and pretty much the end of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, joining the military today has gotten tougher than previous years.
For High School students looking to join the military, you may not find much help from your school guidance counselor, although below you will find rules to follow that will better your chances of being accepted into the greatest military in the world.
Keep your nose clean
First and foremost, getting in trouble with the law in anyway shape or form will not be tolerated in the military or when trying to join the military. Times have changed in the military with the downsizing of the force, today’s military is won’t be easy to join. When in previous times a waiver could allow a teenager who was in trouble with the law, give them a chance to still join the military. If you have had trouble with the law today, you more than likely ruined your chances of joining. If joining the military is your goal, then make it more of a priority to keep your nose clean, stay clear of getting in trouble with the law and make intelligent decisions, because once in the military this will be expected of you.
Respect others and your community
I can guarantee you will learn what RESPECT is if you don’t know by now. Although television does a pretty poor job at teaching us how to respect others in today’s society, you can bet military culture will teach you from the moment you walk off the bus to begin boot camp. You should know the old saying “Treat others the way you want to be treated”, and at this point in life it is best to start practicing that saying if you are still struggling to respect others and the community you live in.
The military today is an all volunteer force and if you find it difficult to take a little of your time to volunteer to help others, then you may find it difficult to serve in uniform. Volunteering can start right in your own home, helping mom and dad out, or any family member, friend or even a neighbor. We have many elderly veterans that can use a helping hand, and what better way to start learning about the military than to give up some time to help a veteran in a nursing home. Volunteering is not only important to prepare for the military, but it will be important later in life if you decide to separate and look for employment in the civilian sector. Think of this, every day our military volunteers to put their lives on the line for their country, family and the men and women they fight alongside. Will you be willing to do the same?
Work on your Weaknesses
If you struggle with any of the above subjects, I suggest working on any weaknesses that could hamper your chances of getting into the military and having a great career. Military standards are getting back to looking for the right candidates to join the ranks. Not a single person in this world is perfect, and we all have weaknesses, but our military will want students who are confident, team oriented, and ready to give it their all when called upon. U.S. Military is the greatest in the world, because we are constantly training to strengthen our skills, and make any necessary corrections to not make mistakes on the battlefield that can cost lives.
Joining the military is a huge decision, and for me it was the biggest and smartest decision I have ever made as a teenager. Once you have decided the military will be your next destination after High School, you need to be proactive in knowing everything there is possible about what the military is all about. Get your information through online resources and other resources readily available for someone interested in joining. One of the greatest resources could even be a member of your family who has served, or any one of the millions of veterans in our country. Learn what questions to ask a recruiter, learn everything there is about military service and becoming a veteran. Believe me; this will help you to prepare for a new life.
Prepare for a new life
As mentioned before, researching everything there is about military service will help you to prepare for this new life. Another great idea is speaking to us veterans as there is no better resource than getting firsthand accounts of what life is like serving in uniform. Having a father who is a Vietnam veteran helped me to prepare for boot camp, and what I learned is not much had changed from when my father was a trainee to when I was a trainee. Serving in the military will be a different life than being a civilian, and it will come easy for some and not so easy for others. But being prepared by knowing to expect and the bumps you may face will only increase your odds of having a great career.
If serious about serving for our military, you must take these steps seriously. As mentioned before, times have changed and the military standards have gotten stricter with who they allow to serve in uniform. In conclusion, be sure to make smart choices, respect others around your community, volunteer some of your time to help others, work on any weaknesses, research what it takes to serve, and be prepared for a new life as a veteran of the United State Military.