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Coming into the school year, I had so many different options on what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go after high school. This different ideas and thoughts all jumbled together really had me stressing. Questions like “Which college should I attend” “What major should I pursue.” These thoughts, along with others, really had me worried about my future. I wasn’t quite sure if the careers I had in mind were going to be something I honestly wanted to do for the rest of my life. Along with that I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the rest of my scarce younger days studying my life away.

I have never really thought about being in the military until this year. That just wasn’t something I had wanted to pursue it “wasn’t for me.” I blamed it on the fact I had already found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, but it was honestly more of the fact I knew nothing about the different branches of our military. Heck, if I would have chose to go into any branch, it would have been the Air Force, or would it have been?

This past year has been a roller coaster of emotions from the fear of applying to colleges to opening acceptance letters. I’m sure every senior can agree there is nothing more terrifying than getting an envelope in the mail from the school you are dying to go to. The first time I even considered enlisting in the military was when Staff Sergeant Miller spoke to one of my classes about the NROTC Scholarship. I decided to look further into that and apply for it but ended up not being granted the scholarship. I decided that the Marines wasn’t the branch that I wanted to enlist into so I continued talking with other recruiters. I spoke with the Navy, and Army, and Air Force recruiters. After talking with each recruiter, I still wasn’t sure I wanted to enlist. So I talked to people I knew in each branch, and I set out to research the different opportunities in each branch. Ultimately, I ended up deciding to join the United States Navy.

Enlisting in any branch of government is a very time consuming process full of signatures and a lot of reading! The first big step that is taken in the navy is your ASVAB. This can either be done at school when it is scheduled or at the Military Entrance and Processing Command or, M.E.P.S. in Indianapolis. The signing into the military part is probably the most time consuming and almost annoying part of enlisting. During the signing recruites head down around noon on one day and stay in a hotel. The first night gives you time to conversate and get to know other enlistees, and even some people shipping out. The next thing you do is get up at four in the morning to head over to the M.E.P.S. building. At this building you will be briefed on different things, told not to lie on your records, given different types of medical screenings, given your rate, or Military Occupational Specialty or M.O.S. for short. Along with these things there are other minor details that you’d have to go through, but for the most part that is all.

As a future sailor I have a few different responsibilities that I have to take care of on a weekly basis. A few of these are to check in with my stations leading Petty Officer, attend our Dep. meetings every two weeks, and maintain good behavior and stay on track to graduate. So, if you’re not too sure what you want to do after high school and don’t have a set plan, then maybe you could check out the different branches of the military. There is no harm in simply talking to a recruiter to get information.

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17 Responses to “Enlisting In the Navy”

  1. Cjay74 on February 20th, 2019 9:57 am

    Uriah, this is a huge commitment. I am glad you were able to talk to many people and get into the branch that fit with you. I am sorry to hear you did not receive your scholarship. Good luck with all. Great article!

  2. Ashli Key on February 20th, 2019 11:49 am

    Uriah, this article was very laudatory and had powerful meaning into it. I am glad that you were able to find the career path that was for you. Of course, it is a huge commitment, but I believe you are ready. With graduation coming up, I am starting to get the gut feeling that I won’t see everyone everyday, but for you, that is a little more. I will miss you so much, pal. Good luck! I’ll always be here when you come home!

  3. Brooklynn Fye on February 20th, 2019 1:17 pm

    Great article! This has to be one of the biggest decisions of you life. Its great to see that so many kids my age are willing to step up and face this. I wish you nothing but the best! You did a great job in explaining everything and how challenging senior year is. Keep writing!

  4. Robert Fitch III on February 21st, 2019 8:11 am

    Great article Uriah. I loved how you explained your reasoning for enlisting in the Navy. We always love people that support our country and honnor them Uriah i think you would do great in the Navy. It will be hard but I think you got what it takes.

  5. Jack Salyers on February 21st, 2019 11:29 am

    Great Story Uriah! I enjoyed how you broke down the process with your choice of which military branch you wanted to join. Keep up the great work and have fun in the Navy!

  6. Dixon on February 25th, 2019 8:19 am

    This is a huge commitment to make. I like how you explained how you never thought about the military until this past year. I hope you continue your dream and good luck! Great article!

  7. Ephram Collins on February 25th, 2019 1:22 pm

    Great article. It is a tough decision.

  8. Elijah on February 25th, 2019 1:43 pm

    This Article is helpful to me.

  9. Anthony Leydet on February 26th, 2019 2:40 pm

    Good Story, I hope you found a college to attend to and I hope you over come all of your challenges you have.

  10. Alex Myers on February 27th, 2019 7:53 am

    Uriah this is a very cool article. I’m glad you are taking the next step in your life by going into the navy. This is a huge commitment and I am glad you thought very hard about this decision. Even though you aren’t going to college necessarily, you will still learn a lot and be able to be hired anywhere you want after you retire from the navy.

  11. Levi Dyer on February 27th, 2019 8:13 am

    I’m in the same boat as you. I have a lot of things I could do, but don’t know if I want to do it forever. I’ve considered joining some form of military, but can’t bring myself to seriously consider it. You have a lot of courage. I’m sure you will do well. Good story.

  12. Aiden Martinez on March 4th, 2019 1:21 pm

    Going into a branch of military is a very tough decision and can take a lot of time to prepare and ready yourself for. This article conveys that very well.

  13. Jon Emmons on March 4th, 2019 1:26 pm

    This is a really good story! I think it’s cool how you want to join the Navy you’re a really great guy. Keep up with the articles and good work.

  14. Madilyn Brown on March 4th, 2019 1:48 pm

    This is a great article, I’ve always wondered what a senior going into the military’s point of view was. Keep up the great work and have a blast in the Navy.

  15. Julissa Reynoso on March 4th, 2019 1:53 pm

    Great article! This is a huge commitment to make. I hope you continue your dream. Good luck!

  16. Haden McClain on March 13th, 2019 1:50 pm

    Great Article! I also want to join the military in some form but my Friends and family don’t want me too. I love how you explained it from your point of view to give me a perspective on what it will be like when I enlist or if I enlist. Good luck in the future in the navy and stay safe.

  17. Izaak Elliott on March 21st, 2019 9:20 am

    This was a good article I like that you talked about how you don’t need a plan. I’m glad you are joining the navy.

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