During the process of going over all of this, an Army recruiter knocked on my door asking me if I was interested in joining the military. Until that day I had never considered joining any branch of the military because I really wanted to go to college and get a higher education. I started considering the military as a viable option and researched every branch. I came to the conclusion that the United States Navy was the best fit for me. I took my oath and flew off to boot camp, all the while asking myself if this was want I really wanted to do? I decided it was and that I was going to push through it no matter what obstacles came my way. I had also decided to join the military because it would allow me to attend college for free. Ever since I was in middle school I saw myself becoming a teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed every opportunity that I received through the military to teach someone my trade or assigned job.
I would always do it to the best of my ability because I thought of it as practice for when I would get my teaching degree later in life, and it also provided me with quite a bit of life experience to be able to share with my teachers and, one day, my very own students. I was able to achieve the goal of getting my education benefits because I am now attending college for free. My final reason for joining the military was to improve my leadership skills. I wanted to gain leadership skills so that when I reentered into the civilian world, I would be able to make decisions for myself and for others that are looking to me for advice. Within the military I gained leadership skills of all kinds and feel much more comfortable leading a group of people than when I was younger and not yet experienced. I used to be very shy about being in charge of people, but thankfully joining the military changed that and took away my shyness.
I enjoyed being in the military very much. I feel that I accomplished all of my goals. As a result of being in the United States Navy I have become a much more outgoing, and educated person. I did get to travel during my career and it was very rewarding. I thankfully did not go to any of the war zones, but I did get to go to Rota, Spain and also to Portugal. They were both very beautiful countries and I hope to visit them again later in life with my husband. I feel that my decision to join the military has made me a better person all around and prepared me to take on the challenges of college and eventually becoming a teacher. I am very excited that I am finally following my dream of becoming an educator and hope to share my worldly experiences with anyone who will listen.