Every choice that I have made in my life has led me to where I am today. I am a 22-year old wife and mother of one and one on the way. I am a soldier in the U.S. Army.
I graduated from high school in 2006 and thought I needed a year to relax before I started college. I had a job since I was 16, so I was used to working and paying for my own stuff.
In that year I met my husband and had our first child. I tried to do school online while getting a job and being a mommy and eventually a wife in 2008. I never finished my degree.
In 2007, I worked in a gas station after having my daughter and continued to do so until I joined the Army in April 2009 and finally left for basic training in September. I joined the Army because without having a degree in anything I could only work low paying, zero benefits jobs. I wanted money and chose a job with a big signing bonus.
I had kicked the idea around when I was 18 but put it aside after awhile. It was probably the best thing I could have done for myself and my family.School is not for me
I don’t like school. It was always hard for me to get up and go, and I barely squeezed by graduating even though I always got good grades. Having to write papers was the reason; I’m not a good writer and can’t stand doing it.
I actually dropped out of my high school and went to an alternative, so I only had to go to the one class that I had left for graduation. I still got my high school diploma; I just didn’t have to be there all day.
I guessed I just needed a better incentive to go. Being paid, fed, housed and clothed was a pretty good incentive for me.
It’s kind of strange, though, how I wouldn’t get up for school, but I’ll be there at 5:45 am for P.T. or even up quick with 30 seconds to get down to a formation. I guess it’s because the consequences are much worse than being grounded or detention. I can hardly believe it’s been four years already since I graduated; the time has truly passed by before my eyes.Loving my job
The Army is not for everyone. If you can’t handle authority figures telling you what to do, how to do it, and when to have it done, the Army is probably not for you.
If you don’t mind being told what to do, where to be and when to be there, join the Army. I’ve been told many times the secret to success in the Army is being where you are told to be, when you are told to be there, and in the right uniform. That’s really all there is to it.
I graduated from basic training in November 2009 and graduated advanced individual training for radar repair in October. It was a very long MOS (job) to be trained for and most don’t take that long to learn.
I totally love my job -- it’s challenging and even a little dangerous. You never can tell when something is going to break down, and you never can tell if it’s something that’s going to take two minutes, two hours, or two days to fix.
I am about to sign in to my first duty station at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, and I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all I have without the support of my husband. It’s hard for me to say whether or not I am going to make the Army my career or take the skills I have learned to a civilian job. I guess time will tell.