Personal Identity In Society

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Growing up I never would have imagined that I would join the military after high school. Most of family members are Chinese immigrants and have no military background, which is why I chose this picture. In the picture are my classmates and myself at our Airman Leadership School graduation.
Spending the last six years of my life in a military environment, I believe this image depicts a society that I am accustomed to. For a while it was the only society that I knew and the only society that mattered. After high school I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I knew college wasn’t it. I didn’t join the military because of any patriotic reason. I joined the Air Force because I needed to do something with my life instead of lounging around with my friends and working part-time at my mom’s restaurant. My mom decided that the military would be good for me because of all the benefits I would get, such as, health, education, and of course, a steady paycheck.
The picture captures a ‘society’ that not many people know of unless they personally know someone who is, or has a previous military background themselves. It is a society that is different from the one that we all know and live in every day. Our textbook defines society as a group of people who shape their lives in aggregated and patterned ways that distinguish their group from others. In my society, it doesn’t matter what race or gender you are, we are all brothers and sisters, with one goal, which is the mission and the
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