It is, no doubt, a fact that we all love the country we are born in. Our birth land remains a special place for us always.
There are different ways by which people show devotion and attachment to their respective countries. Some people work hard as individuals to show their patriotism while some move to other places to earn for their country.
Some go to college and do a master’s in military history to get a degree and make a courageous effort to join the military to show their love for the country.
People who join military forces are usually the ones who have a passion for protecting their country from any harm. They want to serve their country, protect its liberty and integrity, and help to stop terrorism.
It is one of the most selfless jobs ever where a person is not concerned about himself or his family. His country becomes his number one priority. Walter Reuther once said, “There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.”
Just like every other job in this world, a career in the military also has its strengths and shortcomings. Let’s take a look at a few pros and cons of joining the military.
PROS OF JOINING MILITARY:
1. Free Health Insurance:
A military official does not have to be worried about his health care bills. They are covered by the insurance company, in liaison with the government. Any injury, health-related issue, dental issues, accidents are included free of charge. Their families have health insurance too. The military itself covers all its expenses.
2. Free college:
The G.I Bill ensures to cover college and rental fees if a military officer wants to complete his studies. He does not have to pay any fees or taxes for it if he gets the approval. The G.I Bill can also be transferred to the spouse or children for their college fees to be covered by the military institution.
3. Good paying job:
Other than the benefits of having college and health insurance, military officers also receive a handsome remuneration. Their house rents and other utilities are covered too, so whatever they earn goes straight in their pocket.
4. Free Travel and Paid Vacation:
The military gives its officers 30 days of paid leave per year, excluding weekends and federal holidays. So when an officer is on his leave, he can enjoy his free time with his family by traveling to any vacation spot without having to pay for it since they also cover it.
There are also different military resorts around the world where they can have a safe environment to relax and unwind.
5. Skills and Training:
One of the advantages of serving one’s country is that they receive various training in a variety of career fields. They also receive additional training, certification courses when they are off-duty. It also helps in increasing the weight of one’s resume once he decides to go back to civilian life.
CONS OF JOINING MILITARY:
1) Being away from family:
Being in the military makes a person healthy and muscular from outside, but sometimes, it weakens a man from inside when he has to stay away from his spouse or children for a long time. Especially if it’s his baby’s birthday or any other special occasion, he can’t be there with them because his service to the country comes first.
2) Strict Discipline:
When you become a soldier, everyone expects you to be a mature adult who strictly follows the rules and practice discipline throughout his life. People judge you if you become flexible. Therefore, you always have to pretend as a mature, responsible adult who doesn’t party all the time.
Ranking in the military is one of the most important things. It can sometimes create aggression when someone younger than you has a higher rank, and you have to listen to him dictating you. You can’t meddle in between because he is your leader so, in this process, a lot of egos get hurt too.
4) Wait for the approval:
One of the disadvantages of being in the military is that you have to seek consent for anything you plan on doing with your life. If you plan on taking leave, get permission.
If you plan on getting married, ask consent before planning. Sometimes, an emergency comes up, and you have to dismiss all your plans.
5) No Quitting:
One has to sign a contract before joining the military that states the number of years you have to serve your country. If one day you decide to quit and to change your career, you cannot do that easily because quitting involves a lengthy process.
If one day, you don’t feel like showing up at work because you feel sick, you can’t because you will have to go through their medical scrutiny before they decide if you are sick enough to get a day off.
Soldiers indeed work day and night to protect their country and their people. They do have a lot of benefits as well that they enjoy even after they retire, but as civilians, it’s important to respect them and appreciate their efforts as their jobs are the toughest ones in the world.