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Military or not?

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I know i will become a police officer, but have been debating on becoming a soldier. i want to, and i think about it alot, but i still dont know. to all of those officers in the military and those who have served, has it helped? Can you help me with this decision?


I also want to say thank you to all that have served. Thanks for watchin out for all of us.


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shockusmc87 says ...



You dont join the military to help you get a job. You join cause of a sense of pride and wanting to serve your country!


 


EXACTLY!



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shockusmc, you are correct that you should join because of a sense of commitment to serve our nation but, the military also builds maturity and helps one become a better decision-maker. If someone gets 3 or 4 years military service behind them they can decide if they wish to continue in the military or if they would like to serve closer to home in a law enforcement role. Having a military background will help you get hired a little, but the knowledge and maturity you will gain in the military will serve you well no matter what you do all through your life.


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Robocop33 says ...



shockusmc, you are correct that you should join because of a sense of commitment to serve our nation but, the military also builds maturity and helps one become a better decision-maker. If someone gets 3 or 4 years military service behind them they can decide if they wish to continue in the military or if they would like to serve closer to home in a law enforcement role. Having a military background will help you get hired a little, but the knowledge and maturity you will gain in the military will serve you well no matter what you do all through your life.


Jim (USN 68-75)



also so very true


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Very wise info in above post for you. I came from a long line of military family, and I was the one that broke that, I didn't chose to serve,I now regret it. Military can teach you alot, work ethic, discipline, honor and a better decision maker.

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View from across the pond. 5 things come to mind to consider when about to join the military:-




  • Step 1:
    Quit smoking and wean yourself off caffeine and other addictive substances. These substances are strictly forbidden during a recruit's 6 to 12 weeks of training, and there's no need to make your life any harder by having a caffeine headache for the first week of boot camp.


  • Step 2:
    Find out the rules before you head to boot camp, and follow them to the letter. This means no "what abouts" and "what ifs." The rules are the rules, and if you choose to disobey them or try to bend them in any way, you will pay dearly. Disregard for rules and regulations is for civilians, and you are no longer a civilian.


  • Step 3:
    Know what you have to do to pass the physical training (PT) test at the end of boot camp, and make sure you can pass before boot camp starts. Boot camp is not the place you go to get in shape; it's the place you go to get in the best shape.


  • Step 4:
    Accept that for the first few weeks of boot camp, you will be unable to do anything right. This kind of criticism from training instructors (TIs) and drill instructors (DIs) is not personal. Their job is to break down the civilian and build a military machine in its place.


  • Step 5:
    Wax your legs and other areas you normally shave right before you begin boot camp if you're a woman, (But, I am taking a good guess that you are not) You'll need those valuable minutes to do more important things than shave your legs. Also, have your regular stylist cut your hair short before boot camp. Military barbers are unconcerned with whether or not your head looks like a mop when they're finished.

I was a cop for 18 yrs, and in an earlier life I was in the RAF.  If I was in charge of U.K. I would insist on 3 yrs conscription for every kid in Great Britain. That includes the ragheads, and some of the many terrorists that are living in our country freely. If they do not like it, Get out.


I will get off my pulpit now, and drag myself to bed.