Military Entrance Processing Station, or MEPS. Where men and women sign up to protect their country. They sign their name and raise their right hand to swear loyalty to the U.S. The day I went to MEPS, my nerves were jumbled and my hands were shaking. I was headed to sign away my freedom to the U.S. Marine Corps. Even though I was nervous, I had the determination to take my first step to become a Marine. My determination gave me motivation to continue.
From the beginning of my junior year, I came across the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps website and I decided to apply for the scholarship program. I analyzed every single information on the internet and took every part of the application process seriously, after all, this commitment affects a considerable amount of my future. I continued to research more about the Navy and prepared for the physical assessment test by running a few miles every day and beating my previous push-up and sit-up records. A few months later, after I had enough courage and hope, I excitedly sat down with my whole family and friends to discuss my plan. As I explained through the process, I cannot forget the anxious faces across the table; my parents were very uncertain
The truth was that I joined because I wanted to¬¬ help my country (Australia) show its worth to the motherland, Britain (Early Reactions to War, 2016; the rush to enlist, 2016). I was caught in the propaganda and heroic sense of duty of it all – to fight for the fallen (The rush to enlist, 2016; Propaganda, 2016). Enlisting seemed like a good idea as I thought seeing England and Europe would be an adventure and paid jobs were hard to come by (The rush to enlist, 2016).
After Reflecting on my past, present, and future I see and bright future for myself. I plan to reach for the stars. I will never let anyone hold me back from obtaining my goals. Also I plan to be my own character judge. These obstacles that I have face in the past will not hinder my future. Nor will I let it stop me. I am pressing on to see what God has for me. I have
Unconsciously adapted. I like to think I had served my country for many reasons. I was raised in a military family and our mindset was either you go to college on scholarship or you join the military. October 29, 2009 was the day I swore into the military, so I could achieve my duty of serving the Unite States and receive a scholarship in return. Because of my lack of consistency in my senior year in football, I discovered football was not my calling. Furthermore, I have always loved the idea of traveling and going to the beach was always a passion of mine: pursuing the Navy was the only logical option. After traveling to multiple countries over my six year enlistment, it did not take me long to acclaim that I have the best country in the world! With that chapter being closed, there are three things I took away and will forever cherish.
I enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 17 the summer before my senior year in high school. I left for basic training three weeks after my high school graduation. It was during this time I hit my lowest point in my life and lost focus on the reason I wanted to be there. I ended up failing out of basic training because I refused to train and went home thinking I had escaped. But in reality it was the start of literally the biggest regret of my life that still haunts me to this day.
I got drafted that summer and like most other people I tried a couple things, I mean I wasn’t sure what was going on, coming from Seattle to Vietnam wasn’t a an issue, it’s kind of over there, you don’t know what it is. I ended up going there. I actually was very lucky, I actually had a good time. I mean they do shave your head. And they put you through some grueling stuff. If they think you’re in pretty good shape, you might want to rethink that. But for some reason on my third day there this guy puts me in charge of 55 kids, I say kids because there mostly my age and I was 19 at the time. And I never got to know why he did that, but it was good for me because I didn’t do any KP, I didn’t do forced marches. I had my own rown. I had four guys
I question to myself still how much did I change? Was a huge change or a small change? I still face the same problems I use to; however, I try to overcome it and continue my life with a smile. One of my main goals in life to this day is to graduate and show the people in the streets and in school that someone like me who was always being looked down on and started their lives in the streets can still graduate and change. In other words, I believe the word change will always mean in the end to change people will smile at the
Everyone, at some point in their life, has made a mistake. Sometimes we get lucky and only falter a little, making it through the problem relatively intact. Other times, we mess up a lot and have to fix what was damaged over a long period of time. However, the same is true for most, if not all cases—those who make the mistake learn from it. Often times, our failures teach us valuable lessons that we only gained because of the experience we gathered after messing up. I have personally achieved a wealth of knowledge and experience just from all of my own little mishaps, and a few major ones.
When I was a little girl I dreamed to be a doctor, but I changed my mind. Since high school I wanted to join the military, but I could not because of my weight. So, in my second semester during college; I decided to join the army to have a professional career and at the same time took a break for college. For all my experiences that have happened to me; I can only say that joining the Army was the best decision I have taken. In addition, I learned to live by the army values which are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. These values helped me
Each of us make mistake, either big or small mistakes. According to author and Stanford psychology professor Carol Dweck , the key to achievement and success is one’s perspective on the belief of ability. In my personal view, ability is something that can be developed. The position you take represents a part of your personality. People that have the ability to learn from mistake is the person that able to overcome his or her weakness. This kind of people always learn to see his or her mistakes without people telling it and will easily adapt the situation because they are already been in that situation
From the very start of my enlistment, once I stepped foot off the cattle truck it was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I was climbing towers and ropes higher then I had ever wanted to. Operating weapon systems that I had only seen in movies and on TV. The days of