My roomate in college was in the National Guard. He explained to me why he went
into the military, and all the benefits that he got. After seeing his basic training
video, I decided that it wasn't that bad. I had wanted to go into the military after that,
but I didn't want to leave my friends behind on those precious summers that were always too
However, right now, since I've moved to Tucson, I'm willing to go for it now. I didn't get the exact job that I wanted. More important to me was leaving sooner than getting a good job. I sort of took an in-between. Patriot Missile Systems Operator/Maintainer. I get to put to good use all of the skills that growing up on a farm taught me, and I get to learn a whole slew of new things.
I'm excited to learn more about electronics for sure. The things I learn fixing those systems should be definitely helpful in my career goals. I'm looking forward to traveling, and from what I understand 14T's get to do a lot of traveling. Well, maybe not much traveling, but a lot of being away from home and the US, which is what I'm looking for. I get to drive big trucks. I've done a lot of that already, but I really like doing it, so it's all a good fit for me.
As far as maximizing my career options... I hope to be able to take a correspondence course, or attend a technical college. My degree would be something along the lines of graphic design. Maybe even computer animation, 3d graphics, something like that. This would be accomplished while I am in the army, assuming I have time, or can find a way to make time. It'll put me in a good position after I finish my four year stint.
As far as after the Army. Right now my goal would be to attend college full time again. This time majoring in Computer Science. That's a definite. Attending college again is one of my total goals in life, and to be able to do that almost brings a tear to my eye. *sniff.
However, I might choose to continue in the army. That doesn't bother me at all. I know people who have retired and been very happy with their decision. If I like it that much, I'll re-enlist right away. However, if I still want to go army, but I want to get the degree more, I might go to school, then come back, re-enlisting as an officer.
All in all, I'm really excited about all my options, and I love thinking about what the army can do for me, besides giving me the opportunity to travel and get an education... I'm sure I'll be a better person.