I am about as far from being pro-rules as you can possibly be without being a full on sociopath.
Not to say I am "Down with the government", but I am "If I don't respect you, I don't give a shit what you say - Go eat a dick."
Yet I am thinking about the military, or rather the benefits.
My old man is a vet, and my oldest brother is a Lieutenant Colonel, and they get decent benefits.
But I know the military doesn't like my type of mindset.
While I keep getting told: "Your mindset will change."
Believe me, I'm stubborn as shit, and smarter than most - I don't see that happening.
Yeah, I could be wrong (so says the vets) but I don't believe I am.
If I could withstand 12 years of brainwashing, I can withstand 4.
What are the pros and cons of the military?
How is it really?
Most Helpful Girl
I’m a military brat like you, so I’ve seen some of the stuff first hand... Remember that practically every soldier cries in boot camp... and all who go on deployment come back with at least mild ptsd... and many more suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts from time to time... My dad just got medically released mainly for his mental state of mind due to war... you can only survive so many near misses before you flip...
On the pro side, health, dental, and eye care are provided as well as housing... and it is a really steady income... and you get to see the world.1
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Pros: only if you are a commissioned officer or qualified to be one, when it comes to benefits, etc.
You'd get much respect for your hard work and sacrifice. It is no simple walk in the park.
And if you qualify to be the best of the best such as Navy Seals, Special Forces, etc. then even more respect, since not many can or are able to get that far. But only if that is really your goal.
You also become better physically, but you'll have to work hard and push yourself and motivate yourself to become stronger and faster physically. You'll also become smarter too.
Cons: it's a hazardous job, you can get seriously hurt or die, especially if you are in Army or Marines. You can always talk with all recruiters of all branches first and then make a well informed decision. Risks from combat related deaths and injuries seems to be less for Navy or Air Force when compared to Army and Marines, but you'll have decide which branch is right for you and you'll have to stick with it till your contract is up.
You're essentially sacrificing your own personal safety and comfort so regular civilians can have them and enjoy it. Keep this in mind. It is not a walk in the park. It be 4 years of this if you are regular full timer (Active Duty) or 8 years if part timer (Reservist or National Guard).
It's very tough physically and mentally and if you don't like it you can't simply quit and resign or leave the military. You can be disqualified and get the boot if you failed to meet their standards. Unlike a regular job, where you can simply just stop showing up and quit altogether if you hated the experience and don't want to do it anymore, you can't.
In military, there's no such flexibility, you can't come and go freely if things did not work out as you originally had thought or had expected it to. If you tried to just quit and leave then there will be some serious consequences for you.
You are expected to lose lots of sleep.
You are expected to follow and obey orders and instructions at all times from those that are in charge and rank above you. Don't ask why, you just do as you're told without questioning. And by not doing so or failing to do so will also come with serious consequences and punishments.
You're expected to move quickly and get things done quickly on time and always arrive on time. It's not meant for somebody that prefers to take it slow and easy and frequently such as taking their sweet time to get things done and frequently and constantly tardy and late.1