Stay in Military Vs. Going Back to Civilian Life
So here’s the deal: Right now I am young, and have so many opportunities I am a little lost. I want to do something good with my life, something fulfilling where I can help fulfill others too. I am a Lance Corporal in the Marine Corps. I am about half way through my enlistment (2 years down), and I have to decide whether to stay in or go back to school full time. I already take classes now, but I don’t have enough time to study as I am on ship half of the year. At the moment finishing out my enlistment is a very attractive idea, but so is extending two additional years with the Marines and changing my boring administrative work out for something more fun, and interesting. Not only more interesting, but I could get a higher security clearance and possibly have a job with the FBI/CIA when I get out. That in mind, I don’t think I really want to work for the government after this. So my problem is, do I choose the obvious path to success or pursue a less stable route by getting out of the military and actually trying to find the right, fulfilling career for me? I’m just curious to see what others’ takes are on this.
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@sgt-joplin, Also, you have to understand the difference between a 17 year old mind, and a 19 year old mind. If the military works for you, cool..have fun killing people. Do you even have the slightest inclination why we are at war? Or even how many places we have military bases set up at?
I will think for myself, thank you.
And no, the military isn’t hard. You’re told what to do all the time. That sounds pretty brain dead to me. It’s just a bunch of fucking drunks with guns.
@sgt-joplin, it’s a damn shame how simple minded you are. it’s people with your mentality who become the sheep, absolutely brain washed. stop “merging” for a second and realize what you’re even talking about. the big picture rather than the tunnel you live in. you’re part of the herd of sheep who would rather hear about car crashes, murders and sex scandals in the news rather than the REAL issues going on in the world. ones that affect us as a humanity, not ones that are purposefully meant to dumb you down and forgo thinking for yourself… seems like you’re already in too deep in the shit water.
@sgt-joplin, LOL!!!! Hahaha
You really believe that? Damn…. This place is getting full of the brainwashed. One deluded guy in the other thread with a imaginary friend… and this one believing everything Fox news tells him.
Go fight this religious War for Oil and money. You believe the bullshit they spoon feed you.
It kinda depends on who you would like to be down the road. Because it seems to me the military fosters a certain mind set, as in, there is not much room for individuality. And I am not sure if I would call the FBI/CIA a success. I doubt it’s anything like hollywood shows us.
actually trying to find the right, fulfilling career for me?
Why would you want success if something else is fulfilling? ;)
My bad for idling on this thread for so long. I have been reading all of your posts over the past several months as they hit my email inbox. I actually just read ALL them again. It’s been well over a year since I posted this and I genuinely have considered EACH of your perspectives.
Anyways I won’t beat around the bush. I am reenlisting tomorrow. Most of my Marine friends are actually getting out and are surprised that I’m staying in. That’s right, many of my peers have and continue to get out. They understand though. And a group of civilian friends who are brothers to me and my blood relatives understand my decision too.
The Marine Corps is giving me a new occupation, and I am excited by the prospect the challenge that awaits me. I’m not going to lie and say I’m not nervous and that no part of me is conflicted, but this is an outstanding opportunity. I will have regrets, I’m sure, but I will not lose sight of my goals. I still love helping people and volunteer about every chance I get. I’d ask all of you who put down the troops to remember that at the end of the day Marines and service members are still people. There are criminals, rapists, warmongers, drunks and every other negative archetype you can think of in the military RIGHT NOW! And trust me when I say their fellow service members are almost always the ones to catch, and testify against them. But since when have those people not existed everywhere else? Where do you think the military gets these folks? I wasn’t born in a uniform. I never thought I’d be here now…But I’m glad I am. Yes, I have endured a litany of degrading tasks, of assholes who think their rank makes them better than me and warrants those tasks. Not too positive so far eh? Well, the fact is that I’ve also met amazing INDIVIDUALS, caring people, strong leaders, mentors, brilliant people, artists, musicians, and brand new Marines who will face similar if not much worse struggles. I wouldn’t trade those relationships for anything. I’ve travelled to countries many people never will. And since I’ve distanced myself from ships, I’ve had more time for school. I’ve also had more time for introspection. I’m happy with my decision. And it’s my understanding that this is a fairly understanding community that tends to embrace diversity. Yes, clearly I’ve chosen an unpopular decision and I hope that whoever you are and whatever your beliefs, you can respect the choice I’ve made of my own accord.
Thank you all for weighing in. When I struggled to make this decision your thoughts helped me plot out my options…
The reason this appears tough is that you are giving yourself no options. You are considering Career A or Career B. Careers are not a good thing. No animal other than humans has a career. This should tell us something. You do not want a career.
Choose life instead. Figure out how to never work another day in your life. It can be done. It a like a vacation 365 days a year.
@samseekssamfinds, Get out and go to school. Don’t take the easy path simply because it is easier. That is the cowards route. You said yourself you didn’t want to work for the government, and by your words; you already fucked that one up, albeit you are more or less property of the united states not a worker. In this life you only get this life, so follow your heart. pursue your desires. chase your dreams. fuck it man, why settle for security?
I was in the military under a 6 year enlistment. Got 2 in and decided it was better for me to be elsewhere. The military can set you up for life, if you want to do that. It messes with your brain over time though, especially if you are that peaceful dude that likes to think about the Universe or something. (thats who I am, and it didn’t merge well with the military life)
I’m in debt now, but pretty damn happy too. :)
i am in the marine corps about to get out in aug. im going to go to school and use the gi bill and get paid for going to school. finally have my freedom, but if things get to harsh i can always just go back and as long as u go back soon enough u can keep rank. you can change branches, ive heard rumors that the army will bump you up one grade. but still u got time still find you and what you want to be and just follow it.
i would much rather be a trash slinging hippy than go back. and kudos to you @Alex
@ Alex..soldiers fought and died in order for you to have the privelege to “think for yourself” , and to “stand up for your beliefs”…i understand the “dude fuck this shit it aint worth it” lol trust me!..but thats because you were a private, and you were yet to be entrusted with responsiblilty to actually be able to make decisions on your own..the military isnt hard when your a pvt..right place, right time, right uniform..and do what your told…but when your in charge of molding, and mentoring the future leaders that will someday protect your children…its a lot different,… if you spent 2 years in the army, you might have thought it was a waste of time, but i bet you learned a thing or two about yourself, and i bet you use things..small things during your life and dont even know it…i bet you appreciate things a little more , ..and it doesnt matter “why we are at war” or “where out bases are”..or what kinda crazy conspiring goverment agendas are really going on..or…”kill the Hadjis !” what it it all boils down to, is we might seem like drunken idiots with guns….but anyone of us will die for you…without even knowing you…because its our job…and we dont have to like it…our families dont have to like it…but we took an oathe..and we will do it…with honor
“I thought this was ‘MURICA!!!”
Sgt Joplin, I assume you think the Vietnam was necessary as well? You know, to protect our rights to think.
You’re beyond repairable. Good luck finding your soul. It’s going to take a lot of mushrooms.
@sgt-joplin, Im sure their are horrific things that go on in other countries. I have no doubt about that. But you say you found “torture rooms”? Now what does our government use to interrogate people??? Torture??? I believe so. So that being said their are plenty of horrific things that go on in America as well but they are just swept under the carpet so no one can see them and so that we can make the “sheep” think this is a paradise.
Alex, so you got chaptered out because you thought the “universe” was full of unicorns, and rainbows, and so was the army, and it turned out to be too hard so you pussed out and couldnt “merge”….. basically it sounds like your a bitch….if your such a “peaceful dude” why would you join organization that kills people…