I am engergetic, confuzzled, and gynormous
I know that might sound a weird, but the first time I remember thinking that joining the military would be a good idea was after watching Starship Troopers in 1997. I felt that the film had a sense of civic virtue that I had not seen before. The idea that people who sacrificed their time and quite possibly their bodies in service to the country deserved more than your average Joe appealed to me. At that point, I had not fully entertained idea of joining, but I definitely felt respect for those that had taken the plunge.
In my first year of High School, my class was asked to up what our resume would look like in the future. I didn't really know any specifics about military other than I'd be putting my life on the line for the United States and it's citizens, but in my resume I put that I'd be a computer programmer in the Marines. I did not know of any specific MOS, but I was positive that there would be something along those lines. Why? Well I figured that it would just look badass on your resume if you could show the dependability that is required in the military and that it would give me an edge over the competition when it came to getting a job.
In my Junior year, I actually went to a Marines recruiting office and took a paper asvab test because I wanted to compare the benefits of joining the military versus going into college. My older sister and a friend of the family went with me when I went to the recruiter so that they could be assured that I would not actually sign anything and so that they could help me interpret what I was being told. My mom and father totally hated the idea of me joining the military especially the Marines since Marine is a rifleman, first and foremost. Of course, I did not join. I used to tell myself that I didn't sign up because it would give my mother a heart-attack, but I know now that I didn't join because I was scared of such a big change.
In my Senior year, the attacks in NY made me want to quit school and go straight into the military, but to get into the military I would have to finish high school.
I took a trip to UCF and spoke with the Air Force ROTC recruiters and honestly, they did not impress me.
About 2 years after graduating high school, I was at the gym and they had an Air Force recruiter there who informed me about the opportunities of joining as a Reserve while I went to school. I got the information and spoke with a recruiter at Patrick AFB. I knew which job I wanted so he sent me to MEPS and I took the ASVAB again and got my physical. I qualified for the job, but the only position available was at Robin AFB, GA. I would have to find my own transportation there each month, so I declined to sign on.
In April of 2006, I decided that I should look into enlisting into the Air Force and contact a recruiter. After doing a great deal of research as to what opportunities there are for me and after coming to terms with the fact that I know my family doesn't want me join I finally decided what I feel is right for me. I am 100% sure that I want to enlist. I want my family to be proud of me even though I am sure that they believe I am making a mistake. I do not want a handout. I want to forge ahead and make it on my own merit. I believe that joining the Air Force will help to bring out the strength in me to accomplish the goals that I enthusiastically set for myself. I have retaken the ASVAB and got a 98 AFQT, now all that is left is to retake the physical and take the EDPT (not the pregnancy test).
I am excited about this and I cannot wait to begin.
//2012 update: Happily married with a little baby girl. Still in the military and moving to Alaska!
//2012 update: I've added being an awesome dad to my list o'skillz