Mike, filled out some questions I send out as (homework, ha ha). I asked the questions to get the ideas and thoughts flowing. Below are the answers to his questions which I thought were very good and funny.
What got you interested in joining the service or why did you join the service?
- Backstory - I went to college to be a teacher. I was undisciplined, immature and felt entitled. I was on the 7 years to get a bachelors degree plan ( more focused on the social aspects of college than getting a degree ). I was self aware enough to know to needed help growing up, and with the finances of college.
- My original plan - Join the Air National Guard. My thought ( knowing not much about the military ) was I could join the national guard ( go to basic, get some discipline, and get some extra money to help with school )
- What actually happened - Air Force recruiters wanted nothing to do with a college drop out ( thought I was a dummy ), the Army recruiters were more than willing. As good recruiters do, he convinced me that the only way to get a decent amount of money for school was to go full time for 4 years to get the full college fund.
- Army prep - I remember being worried about being able to handle the mental grind of basic training. I signed up in Oct ( ish ) but didn't leave for basic until January. So everyday I watched the first part of Full Metal Jacket. I figured if I could get used to that level of yelling, nothing the modern Army could do would affect me. It actually worked too well. The Drill Sgts yelling at me never bothered me, in fact I used to get in trouble for grinning while they yelled, as I thought it was pretty funny.
WHAT ARE YOU SMILING AT HAMMAN, DO YOU LIKE ME? ,etc, etc. etc...
What is the best and worst things you like about the military?
Did you deploy anywhere and how did it go on the deployment?
What is a memory that still sticks with you?
What is the funniest moment you remember?
What is the most serious moment you remember?
What does your career look like today?
Closing question, what one thing did you learn from the military that you would like to pass along to your family?