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How To Serve In The Military

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How To Serve In The Military

Being a military man or woman is, in fact, one of the hardest things that you can do, especially when you are called to serve in an active combat theater. You will undergo one of the harshest transformations that you can think of, you will become smarter, you will become stronger, you will become faster, you will become a soldier willing to march through hell and back then back again for his country.

Going about it headstrong is not a good idea, and it is in your best interest to know what you are getting into beforehand so that you can prepare yourself properly. Without further explanation, let's get into how to serve in the military.

Fall In Line

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You know how you were taught to always stand out, always ask questions and always challenge everything? You'll have to forget that and fast.

One of the key things that you will have to learn is that you are part of a unit and no longer an individual.

That being said, standing out, questioning authority and challenging your orders is not only frowned upon, it is also punishable by court-martial or even short term imprisonment.

Orders Are To Be Followed, Not Debated

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An order is sacred, and once it is received it must be carried out to its full extent without any questions or delays.

The act of not following an order is called "insubordination" and it is an offense that is punishable by dishonorable discharge or even imprisonment, depending on the order itself.

Respect Your Brothers

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You and your teammates together form an outfit or a unit, which is, in essence, a bond stronger than the family bond.

You live together, you train together, you eat together, you fight together, you die together, and when you are in trouble or encounter difficulties you help each other out.

These teammates are your brothers, and together you trust each other with your very lives, so always respect your brothers and always stand by their side.

Get Ready For Intense Conditions

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The world can be a scary place - but you will have to be strong enough to stand up to it and take it on head to head. You're going to have to be strong, tough and fearless in order to do that, and nothing breeds strength, toughness, and fearlessness like harsh conditions and difficult situations.

Make no mistake about it, you will crawl through mud, dust, and sand, you will march for miles on end until you cannot feel your body, you will push your muscles to their very limit, you will be forced to survive for days on end in the wilderness, you will be deprived of sleep and you will become stronger, tougher and fearless as a result of that.

Honor Your Heroes

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They came before you, they fought some of the scariest battles in history and have made the ultimate sacrifice.

When you encounter hardship, before you go on a mission, when doubts are running through your head, think about the warriors that came before you and the honor that they have won in battle. Remember their stories and find your courage and inspiration in them.

Always Remember Your Loved Ones

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No matter how difficult things get, no matter how scared you are, no matter how tired you are and no matter how close to the edge you are, never forget who you are truly fighting for.

It's not the politicians that sit home safe and sound, it's not the history books nor the chance to be mentioned on a monument. It's for your loved ones at home, the people that you are fighting to keep safe and to make sure that they themselves will not have to fight in the future.

Serving in the military is a difficult honor. While you will become the best that you can be, you will gain the knowledge, the training, and the experience to protect the ones that you love and to fight for them when the time comes, you will be subjected to some of the harshest conditions in the process.

As long as you remember to fall in line, follow orders, behave honorably, honor your heroes and teammates as well as to take care of yourself and watch your back, you will be one of the best soldiers that your outfit has at its disposal.

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