When I joined the Marine Corps, I had no respect... no respect for my parents... no respect for wisdom... no respect for tradition... no respect for... well, anything really.
The Marine Corps gave me the discipline to see things through to the end, no matter how uncomfortable or difficult.
Oh sure, I had friends before joining the Marine Corps. But these relationships were nothing compared to the bonds I formed during my enlistment. I have a lifelong connection to all Marines, whether or not we served together... even if we've never met. This bond also helped me realize the importance of relationships in my civilian life.
The Marine Corps trained me as an Avionics Technician. I later used this knowledge to become an IT professional.
-Love of Travel
The Marine Corps sent me to over a half dozen countries, where I experienced a multitude of climates and cultures. During this time, I met countless people from many walks of life. To this day, traveling and meeting new people is still one of my favorite things.
It's impossible to sum up six years of my life in a short story, but I will say this: I firmly believe that if I hadn't joined the Marine Corps, I'd probably be dead or in jail. I received FAR more from the Marine Corps than the Corps got from me. This is why, when people thank me for my service, I tell them that it was an honor and a privilege to serve, not a burden. Unfortunately, it's only through hindsight that I learned just how much I got out of my enlistment. I'm definitely a better Marine today than I was during my actual service.
And it all started here...