Is the military for you?

After high school choices take thought, planning

Soldiers of 34th Military Police Company, Special Troops Battalion, 34th.Red Bull Infantry Division pay final respects during a memorial service.July 20 honoring three fallen comrades who were killed in action as the.result of a rocket attack on Contingency Operating Base Basra July 16..(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tyler Maulding)

Soldiers of 34th Military Police Company, Special Troops Battalion, 34th.Red Bull Infantry Division pay final respects during a memorial service.July 20 honoring three fallen comrades who were killed in action as the.result of a rocket attack on Contingency Operating Base Basra July 16..(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tyler Maulding)

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Deciding between college and the military work force is sometimes the hardest decision for seniors and rising seniors. They both offer such great benefits, and possibilities, but can also come with complications or disadvantages. If you are considering the military, it pays to look at the benefits and weigh your options carefully. 

Having a steady income, and a promised future is what pushed seniors Diamond DeLaRosa, Jeremiah Scott and Nia Francis to join the military.

Scott is planning on doing active duty in the Air Force. DeLaRosa and Francis plan on going to the National Guard and using the GI Bill to pay for college. In the military, those who enlist can travel all over the world while still getting paid. For some, the “free” trips aren’t what matters, it’s about serving our country and making something of themselves.

Battalion commander DeLaRosa said, “This is going to be my career, and I hope to work in the military.” DeLaRosa plans on taking this all the way. For her, the military isn’t just something to join, but it’s there to enhance or improve her future.

Francis said, “I feel as though my career would be a success in the Army. I chose Army National Guard because it has more medical jobs to offer than any other branch.” The army isn’t just about fighting in different wars or battles. It offers opportunities to learn skills that help you could become anything from a photographer to a doctor in the military.

The military is also there to plan ahead in the future. Scott said, “I’m going to work my way up to the top and with the money they give me I’m going to start a music production business.”

The military isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay, because there are always other options. Senior Channing Cross plans to go to college. She said, “I hope to have the college experience, meet new people and go to parties.” She believes that these are things that you cannot get while being in the military.

Senior Amaya Johnson, who is attending a South Carolina college in the fall, doesn’t like “the fact I have to risk my life for a country that I don’t want to be in.”

The military isn’t for everyone, but neither is college. It’s all about what appeals to you, and what you as an individual believe is a better fit for you. When thinking about life after high school, it’s best to have a plan, even if you don’t decide to go into the military or college.

 

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