1. Know Your Purpose
The purpose of getting ready for the military is to serve your country. You need to know what it is that you want to do when you grow up and why you are going into the military. If you don’t have any idea then read some books or watch some videos about it.
Some people think that they will just join the army because they like fighting wars. That’s not true at all! There are many other options available to you if you really want to serve your country.
2. Get Fit
You need to get fit so that you can perform better in the army. The best way to start is with some exercise classes. These are very useful in preparing yourself for the physical demands of the army.
You may even want to go through some boot camp exercises before starting these classes. Exercise helps keep your body healthy and strong which makes you less likely to get injured during combat situations.
3. Focus on Your Diet
You should at least try to eat healthy food. Yes, junk food tastes good, but it’s not good for you. Plus, eating healthy will also help you feel stronger and faster.
If you eat a lot of junk, then you won’t be very fast during the running portions of your training. Your diet can also affect your energy levels and even your mental focus. Get rid of all the junk food in your house before you go off to basic training!
4. Get a Hobby
You will be enrolled in a boot camp training program when you sign up for the army. It’s very important that you do well in this and pass it. One of the big components of this is physical fitness.
This is why getting in shape before starting is so important. You should have a hobby that keeps you fit. This can be anything from surfing to running. Getting this in your life before you start boot camp is important so that you don’t have to worry about starting from scratch.
5. Learn How to Deal with Authority
You need to learn how to listen to the orders of your superiors. This doesn’t mean you need to be a pushover, but you do need to be respectful. There will be a lot of different people in the army that are in charge of you at various times.
Each of these people out ranks you and you need to show them the proper respect. They could make your life a living hell if you anger them. The golden rule is: If they are in charge then do what they say.
6. Get Familiar with Firearms
You will definitely learn how to shoot a gun in the army. There are many different kinds used for different purposes. You will probably start off first with a traditional rifle.
After that, you may learn how to use a shotgun or a machine gun. Each of these requires a different approach. Not only will you learn how to fire them, but also how to take them apart and put them back together again.
7. Be Willing to Face Danger
You need to be prepared to face danger when you go into the army. You may even be killed if you are in a really dangerous situation! After you get more experience you may learn how to use a heavier and more powerful weapon.
The more familiar you are with firearms the better you will be at using them in combat situations.
7. Get to Know Your Surroundings
Get to know the area that you will be stationed at before you actually start your duties there. This may not be the easiest thing to do since you will likely be kept in a barracks most of the time and not allowed to explore on your own. This is war after all.
If you go into a war and you never get hurt, then you aren’t fighting hard enough. The good news is that your chances of being hurt are a lot less than they used to be. This is because of all the new technology that is available to the military now.
8. Respect Other People’s Opinions
Even if you disagree with them, it is very important that you respect other people’s opinions. When you are finally allowed to explore the surrounding areas, make sure you do so and learn them as best as you can.
8. Be Willing to Get in Shape
You will need to be willing to get in shape before you start your duties. Your superiors do not have time to train lazy people who are out of shape. If you’re not in good physical condition before you join, then you’ll need to get there before they put you to work.
You are going to be working with a lot of different people in the army. You need to get along with all of them as best you can. Even if you don’t agree with someone, you can still be friendly with them. If you ever find yourself in a disagreement then take it up with your commanding officer. That is why he is there after all, to make the important decisions.
9. There is no time to get lazy once the bullets start flying.
9. Be Willing to be in a High Stress Environment
The army is a very stressful environment. At any moment, you may have to go into battle against an enemy that wants to kill you and make no exceptions for civilians such as yourself. Keep an Eye on Your Surroundings
Whether you are in the field or in the barracks, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings. There are terrorists and enemy soldiers that would love to kill you. You should always have a weapon within reach at all times just in case.
Even when you’re sleeping, keep one hand on your weapon. You may not be ready to use it, but they will definitely take you by surprise if they do pop up! You’ll have to deal with a lot of different personalities and still get the job done. The world has become more survival of the fittest than it has ever been. But you knew that already, you don’t want to be a casualty, so you need to adapt as quickly as you can to your new surrounding so you can survive.
10. Respect the Chain of Command
You are not in charge, nor are you higher than any of your commanding officers.
10. Listen to Your Superiors
In the army, you’ll have superiors. This includes people that are in charge of smaller groups of you such as a squad, as well as people in charge of larger groups like your company. It is very important that you follow their orders when they give them.
They have more experience than you and also have more knowledge of the bigger picture. If they tell you that something needs to be done, it’s for a good reason. As such, you need to respect their decisions regardless of whether you agree with them or not. If you disrespect them in any way, you could find yourself in a lot of trouble. More trouble than you can handle probably.
There are all sorts of new gizmos and doodads for sale that can make your life a lot easier during your service. Everything from watches that can access the GlobalNet to devices that can locate other soldiers in your platoon. If you have a problem with them, take it up with your commanding officer.
Otherwise, don’t question the chain of command.
11. Get in Shape Beforehand
You’re going to be trained in combat and other military tactics, so you need to make sure that you’re in good shape beforehand. The training itself will take a lot out of you. If you need to, drop a few pounds and eat a healthier diet before you enlist.
Buying a Car
You can buy or lease an average vehicle for $20,000. Leasing is affordable at $500 per month. You can also pay for the vehicle in one lump sum.
The more expensive the vehicle, the more it will cost to buy but you will be able to sell it for more if you want to get out of the car business before your service is over. The training is going to be hard enough and you don’t want to fall behind because you’re tired.
12. Be Realistic with Your Goals within the Military
You probably don’t have much military experience, so trying to become a general is probably unrealistic. Pick something that matches your skillset and goals. If you just want to be on the frontlines and fighting, then go for a combat position.
Selling the Business
If you decide to sell your business before your service is over, you can sell it to the Government at a price set by them. Your manager and staff will be taken care of in this situation.
It Takes Time to Sell the Business
The process takes about 6 week to a month. If you want to stay back and operate drones, then go for a support role. The important thing is that you serve the best you can within your abilities.
13. If You Are Enlisted, You Can Transfer Between Branches
If you enlist, you may be able to transfer between different branches of the military if your scores and positions are open. For instance, if you got a high score on the intelligence test, then you may qualify for a position in the Air Force. During that time, you will receive some money from the sale of the business but it won’t be the full amount.
This is so you have some incentive to stick around for a little while after selling it to finish your service.
Going into the Military
If you choose to go into the military, you probably won’t see your family or friends for quite a long time. You might not even return at all if you are sent on a dangerous mission.
Decide if you want to enlist initially or go straight into pilot training. You don’t have to pick one or the other, but you might not have many options if you have a civilian job.
If you want to enlist, this will give you time to get prepared for boot camp and learn military protocol.
14. After all is said and done, you will definitely get the remainder of the money, but as you know there are also other risks involved than just not coming home or getting wounded.
Your first step is to contact your state’s National Guard representative. This person can go over all of your options with you in much greater detail. It is highly recommended that you do this in person so they can assess your mental and physical capabilities.
Go to the Doctor
If you are enlisting, you need to get a full medical checkup before you leave. You have to be at least 5 feet tall and 10 feet tall to enlist in the Army. Your eyes, teeth, and hearing all need to be normal as well.
If any of these things do not meet standards, then you will not be able to enlist until these issues are fixed.
You can go directly to a military recruiter if you want, but if you do it is recommended that you have some background information on different military jobs and branches of service so you know what questions to ask. You can always get this information from the recruiter, but the internet is also a good source for this type of thing.
15. Finally, decide if you want to enlist or go through pilot training.
If you have a chance, talk to people in your community that are in the military and see if they like it. You can also look up famous people that are in the military and see what they have to say about it. However, keep in mind that just because someone didn’t like the military, doesn’t mean you won’t.
It isn’t for everyone.
Good luck on your decision and remember; your country needs you! Once you make this decision, you must abide by it. There is no going back and deciding later.
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