From a young age, I felt I had a calling to serve America and its citizens in some way. I always wanted to find my place in life and like a puzzle piece, I knew when I was in the right place it would just fit. I used to have a decent job at a gas pipeline, but after thinking about it I finally gathered enough courage to quit that job and chase my inner calling to serve.
I had considered joining the Army for many years. My grandfather was an Army MP, who hit the beaches on D-Day. But as I grew into a man, I knew I didn’t want to be an average man. Because I wanted to be “the best I could be,” I chose to pursue Marine Corps. I liked that Marines are always held to a higher standard. Not to mention the super sick Dress Blues.
I knew telling my family would be a challenge because I would always be my parents “little fella.” They were worried at first, but as I explained my passion and the risks involved, they supported me and my dream.
Heading into boot camp, everyone faces the same obstacle of the “unknown.” For some, the hardest part may be the first push off the rappel tower or the first time shooting a rifle, maybe even swim qualification. You learn to lean on your fellow recruits that are with you to your left and right, and after the event is over, you share a moment of accomplishment together of overcoming that fear. That builds into a lifelong unbreakable bond.
Finally, when my Drill Instructor laid that sacred Eagle, Globe, and Anchor into my hand, closed my fist, and told me, “Congratulations Marine,” I knew I had made the right decision. It made those three months of blood, sweat, enduring sand flea bites, and those long hot days with early mornings worth it. I would do it all over again to just relive that one indescribable moment that few men and women get to experience. When hard work, a sense of belonging, and pride all come together to form chill bumps and maybe even a tear. That was the moment I knew I’d found my calling.
If you have the slightest doubt that you are not where you feel you need to be or not fulfilling your true purpose, and want to be tested, built into a more resilient and brighter person, then consider becoming a Marine. It’s so much more than a job, it is truly a lifestyle. I am beyond blessed to be able to earn the title Unites States Marine. I hope you take the challenge of overcoming your own fears to earn that same title yourself! It is a very hard decision, but you will never regret it. As the greatest coach that has ever lived once said “The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.” ~ Bear Bryant
For more information on the Marine Corps visit: https://www.marines.com/purpose