Choosing a Military Career
Are you thinking of joining the Army, Air Force, Navy,
Marines, or Coast Guard? Some see this
as an attractive choice. Recruiters emphasize benefits,
like money for education, learning job skills, opportunities
for adventure and travel, and health care.
Critics say that these benefits are over-rated and that
people need other information to make a good decision.
What is the truth? Unfortunately, it is not easy
to know. The recruiters have quotas to fill; they want
to sell you on the military. And, the critics want to persuade
you; they often have a strong bias against the military
and want to discourage you from enlisting.
You can be sure of one thing. Choosing a military career
is a big decision. It will have a major effect on your
life. Unlike choosing any other career or job:
- Once you are in the military you cannot change your
mind and quit, without serious consequences;
- You are legally committing yourself to this career
for several years; and
- You are choosing a career which may require you to
harm other people and risk your own life.
How should you make a decision that is this important?
One that you won't regret? Thanks to science, we
know the steps to take
to make a good decision.