12 Things I Learned In The U.S. Military

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1. It’s what you know, not who you know.

2. Survival is about effectivity in handling physical and mental stress.

3. Physical training is more endurance, less strength.

4. Rank progression is heavily based on length of service, not experience.

5. Leadership training is unlike any other.

6. You’re never alone: the “buddy” system.

7. You’re seen and treated uniformly and equally.

8. You’ll be punished for mistakes you didn’t do.

9. Rules, patterns, structures, and jargons are abundant.

10. People join for various and diverse reasons.

11. You have to memorize everything—and a lot.

12. In the end, your cadres do care about you.

“I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade.”

If you’re interested in and/or want to learn more about serving part-time in the Army National Guard, e-mail me at joshuaorven.l.domantay.mil@mail.mil.

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