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I believe what happened on December 20, 2008 changed my life forever. I was at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Jacksonville, Florida.
I will never forget that day. I found myself standing before a podium to swear my allegiance to the United States of America and to The Great State of Florida. I raised my right hand to the Governor, the President, and the most coveted Country in the world and the Great Constitution of the United States. That day changed my life.
On that day, I enlisted in the Army National Guard. This was the best choice I ever made because it made it possible for me to further my education and earn a promising degree and chose a career. When I read all the benefits, I knew this was something I wanted to do. While most college students are taking out student loans, the National Guard is paying for all my books and tuition while I serve my Nation.
During high school, I attended RSP (Recruitment Sustainment Program). This program put me where I needed to be both mentally and physically, in order to graduate from basic training. Last year, while most college bound students left for their university, I left my home for the first time, away from everyone. For some, this can be traumatic resulting in homesickness and loneliness. But for me, I had to grow up very quickly. I had to learn how to be on my own. I graduated about two years ago now from Fort Sill, Oklahoma. While at Basic Training, I was taught the Army’s values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. These are the skills that many businesses and organizations are looking for in individuals. Not only did I prepare myself for my military career, but I also prepared myself for the civilian world.
Moreover, I never had the intention of joining the military. My parents got divorced, I moved away, and I knew that this would be the best thing for me. The long, tiresome nine weeks were not easy, but with the skills I learned, I am confident in...
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