Originally posted by jpcoupe88
i am supposed to be leaving for basic training in about 12 days from now. does anyone think i am wrong for going? I am trying to decide if i want to stay and go to school at S.A.M. nobody that i have talked to in the last few months has any good advice about military life because they were in it 20+ years ago. i dont know if i should believe what the recruiter tells me because the benfits seem to good to be true. Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
Your recruiter is a liar.
That's jsut the way it is.
Now, jsut because he is a liar, doesn't mean he didn't mix some fact in with it.
Basic is......I don't know how to describe it. Life changing, for sure. LEarn therules of the game, quickly. If you don't learn the rules, Basic can really suck. And yes, it's one big game..a big head fuck.
Don't ever use the phrase "My recruiter said...." btw....your drill seargent/RDC/whatever will have a field day on you.
As much as I hated Basic, at the beginning, I loved it with as much intensity, toward the end. it was the most pure experience of my military career.....I was in 95-97, active. I still remember the day we shipped out of Great LAkes (Great Mistakes). We were packed up, seabags on back, and Colors struck up. Standing there, with like.....100 lbs of gear on my back, with all my buddies, at attention, saluting the flag, on a clear, cool Great LAkes morning....it was soul touching. very moving.
A school was a blast, too (Navy training for your actual job.)
What branch are you going in?