I was a very naive 19 year old leaving for boot camp. I thought I should be in college and that was the only road to success. I couldn't have been more wrong. The problem with college is that it cost money and I didn't have enough. In 1993 things were also much different. I did join after the first World Trade Center bombing but we didn't have war to truly worry about. I was also involved in Operation Joint Endeavor but again not the same fear of war that exists for a young person joining today. I truly admire the post 9/11 military generation. Joining during two major wars takes a lot of courage.
By the way I'm not saying school is not important I also went to George Mason after I got out but I would not be where I am today without my service.
Looking back 20 years later it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I met some great people and the entire experience expanded my view of everything. You will often hear guys in the military talk about fighting/serving with their brothers. I can attest to that being true. In my case Daryl Penn, Todd Hurley, and Will "Big Perm" Forbes are my brothers. Todd ended up going back in and fighting post 9/11. In addition to those three guys there were countless other people. The list is way too long for this blog but a heartfelt thank you to those I served with.
Everyone joins for different reasons but the military fraternity and camaraderie is something that will stay with you forever. I'm now in IT and a few years ago I got to go back to Ft. Huachuca for work with the Army. I had gone to MOS (job) training there and all those years later I still carry many of the lessons with me.
Hooah! and thanks to all that are serving or have served!
|Laid back off-duty look...I wish I was that thin and in-shape now|
|Post Gas Chamber...old school BDU|