My military career has ended, unfortunately. While I was training I developed stress fractures in my legs, so I had to be medically discharged. While this is very disappointing, I'm not bitter like a lot of the other people I met who were being discharged. Basic Combat Training was a unique experience for me, and I do not regret going at all. I met a diverse array of people from all walks of life, and learned a great deal about the military and how it operates. Oh, and now I can disassemble and reassemble an M16 just over 2 minutes (I'm pretty proud of that one )! In addition to this, I've developed an immense respect for the infantrymen and other combat soldiers in the military. They are the most physically and mentally tough people I have ever met, and they are responsible for the most important job in the military. Those brave men who deploy to far away wars will always be in my prayers.
Military training made me realize that being a soldier is about risking your own life to kill the enemy. Its a responsibility and a sacrifice that I was willing to make, but now I admit that I am relieved to have it taken from me. I'm a civilian now, and I need to focus on getting a job and an education, as well as examining the other options that are open to me. I can reenlist in 6 months if I want, but a lot can change in six months. I'll see where I am then and we'll go from there.
Additional note: I want to learn a language, and I'm thinking about Farsi and Arabic. If you know any resources, please message me.