Honestly how would you know whether I know or not? I am not entirely unaffiliated with the military. My brother is a veteran although he was not an officer. My grandfather was as well as several other members of my family. None were officers though.
In regards to selflessness. I am sure every single person who ever enlisted or became an officer did it for entirely selfless reasons. I am sure we could get into a philosophical debate and I could argue that not a single person joined for truly selfless reasons because regardless of why people join all probably get some sort of personal satisfaction. They have some sort of personal non-selfless motivation for joining. Either way that is not really what I would want to discuss.
How many countless people enlisted because they felt they had no other options in regards to their future or just wanted the security of a steady paycheck or to run away from their current situation. I would rather have someone who knows totally and completely what they are getting into rather then someone who just as an idea based on movies or whatever else they might have seen elsewhere.
You cannot know what you want unless you are aware of all the opportunities and possibilities out there. I came here because I know there are several members of the armed services on this board and that I would likely find some good insight here.
My family is the most important thing to me. I could have left that part out but I wanted to show people where I was coming from. I care very much about my fathers opinion. He raised me kept a roof over my head and helped support me through college. His opinion is one I value over pretty much everyone elses.
Either way thanks for your post.
You are 24 years old, and undecided about what branch you may or may not aspire to join. You say you like all things tactical and enjoy training, but honestly how would you know?
Maybe becoming an officer in the United States military isn’t for you. I don’t see a whole lot of selflessness in your post. Each person on here who has responded KNEW what they wanted - and that is why I don’t see you as being too serious. You are fishing around on the internet to hear some cool stories or vignettes and maybe someone here will vie for your services in their particular branch. Do your own research (*ahem…this aint it), person who aspires to be an Officer in the Armed Forces.
Alas, you’re not a kid. Push your chips in the center of the table and decide what you want- who cares what your old man wants for you. Or, more likely walk away. We do not need indecisive and uncommitted Officers. Sound harsh? Am I a dick? I’m not a recruiter.
The Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force will do fine without you- as I don’t detect anything burning inside of you to be any one thing. [/quote]