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Joining The Military

Some students choose not to go straight to College but rather than go into the military. There is the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines any of these would be a good choice. They offer some great benefits like a steady paycheck, food and housing allowances too. Is joining a military organization right for you? This is something that you really have to sure about before signing any paperwork. Once you sign the contract you may be obligated to continue whether you want to or not. Though you have right to change your mind you should change your mind before signing a contract.

When you enter into the military and you really donít want to be there your decision not just affects you but the other soldiers as well. Before making a decision, make an appointment to visit a recruiter and get all of the information that you need. Each branch of the military has its own website, log onto each one and see which has the best benefits. There is nothing wrong with going to a recruiter from all branches.

Make a list of pros and cons for each branch, then talk to your parents and see what they think. You may still need some time to consider this life changing opportunity. Each branch has its own benefits and each offers things like food and clothing allowances, education opportunities, retirement funds and travel. You get some great opportunities to see the world and to be a part of something that most people donít.

If you have a spouse and children, you should consider the effects of what joining the military will do to them. Can they survive without you if you get stationed someplace else? Are they willing to move if the branch will relocate the entire family? These are questions and concerns that have to be asked to both your recruiter and your family.

Would you be able to handle it if you were deployed to another country? With so many conflicts these days, over time it could happen, maybe not right away but over time after you complete your course of training. There are so many things that you have to consider. You will also want to make sure you can meet the physical requirements too.

Make a list of each item that is offered such as education, cost of living, recreation, insurance, food and career opportunities. Find out which categories offer the best benefits and find out what training entails for each and then compare the others and make a decision, which is the best. Then take that information to your family and take a few weeks and decide.



The military is not going anywhere so you can take some time. If you canít stand behind your decision 100% then put it off for a few months and reconsider. Remember that your decision does not just reflect your future but the future of your family and the future of other soldiers.
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