Many would ask what ever possessed me to join the army reserves.
I see it as mostly a learning experience. By joining the reserves,
I will enhance my physical as well as my mental abilities.
When most people think of the word "army", they
would think of grueling hard work, little sleep, bad food - basically
hell on earth. This is generally true with a few exceptions.
It sounds bad but I will get to meet a lot of new people, get
in good shape, and most of all, I'll get paid.
In the military, they don't just fire guns and learn how to
kill people. They use and maintain various weapons, handle, sort,
and store artillery ammunition, and learn how to engage in combat.
They also establish line communications using radios and field
telephones and drive and maintain various wheeled and tracked
vehicles. So you can see that in the reserves you will not just
learn to kill. There is a variety of skills and jobs to learn.
Despite what people may think, the food is actually good.
There are dieticians making sure that the soldiers are getting
the proper nutrition. This is also a good experience if you enjoy
the outdoors as I do. In the military, you are exposed to extremes
of weather and terrain, making for a good learning experience
and making your body a stronger asset to yourself. During combat,
you would be up against considerable physical exertion and extreme
mental stress. If you are able to overcome all of this, it will
make you stronger and less susceptible to it in the future.
To pursue a career in the army, you must be able to function
well under pressure, work as part of a team, and be physically
fit. In addition, you have to be self-reliant, courageous, and
adaptable. I believe that I have many of these qualities and
those that I do not possess, I hope to gain.
Another great reason for joining the reserves is that you
are not obligated to continue an army career after the basic
training. When the basic training is completed, you don't have
to have anything else to do with the military unless you chose
to do so.
By joining the reserves you are guaranteed to be paid. Most
people are there for approximately 10 weeks and for that, they
obtain from $3000 to $4000. If you are to return to the reserves
at a later point in life, your rank goes up, as well as your
pay and benefits.
Due to the fact that I don't want to remain home during the
summer, this is a good way for me to get away. Three friends
of mine will also be going to the reserves this summer making
it a more comfortable surrounding for me.
Now you can see why I thought it was good idea for me to go
into the army reserves. I see it as a learning experience that
will strengthen me physically as well as mentally.