There are a lot of good ways to serve your country without joining the military. Sure, serving in the military is a good way to serve, but there are many other great options as well. Many people want to do something to serve their country, but not everyone has the desire or the capability to serve in the military. Some folks have medical issues, arent’ qualified for service, or simply don’t have the desire to put on the uniform.
What I want to do in the paragraphs below is share 7 alternative ways to serve your country without joining the military. I don’t expect you to agree with every method that I suggest, but I think this is a good starting point. They are listed in no particular order.
# 7 Peace Corps
I am a big fan of the Peace Corps! This is a great alternative to military service for some people. The stated mission of the Peace Corps includes providing technical assistance, helping people outside the United States to understand American culture, and helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries.
# 6 Law Enforcement
I understand that not everyone is a big fan of the police. However, the police do have an important mission within each community they serve. Serving as a police officer, in any capacity, is a great way to serve your country.
# 5 Start a Business
What is more patriotic than starting your own business and creating JOBS for others? If you have the entrepreneurial spirit like I do, this could be a great alternative to military service.
# 4 Teacher
Teachers have a HUGE role in our society. Teaching kids how to be productive and responsible adults is no small task. If you have a desire to teach, this would be a great way to serve your country.
# 3 Working for the Government
Some people might not consider a “typical” government job as serving your country. I disagree somewhat. I believe that IF you have a government job and you do your best and are productive, that is a good thing. If you look at your government job as MORE than just a job, you have the right mindset. If you look for opportunities to serve the people you work for and work with, you’re doing things right.
# 2 Politics
I’m not a big fan of politicians. You probably aren’t either. That being said, being a politician can be a great way to serve your country IF you are in it for the right reasons. If your heart really is to “serve the people” I think you could do a very good job as a local, state or federal politician. We could use some more politicians who aren’t just looking out for themselves.
# 1 Loving Parent and Spouse
Without a doubt, the single most important unit in our country is the “family.” Without a strong family unit, our country would fall apart (it already is). One of the best things you can do is be a good spouse and parent. Love your spouse. Treat them well. Provide for them. Spend time with your kids. Build a strong family unit. Of all the things you could do on this list, this one is the most important. Don’t neglect or forget about your kids while you build your career.
The bottom line is that there are MANY ways to serve your country without serving in the military. Ultimately, you have to decide what is best for you and your family. Whatever career you choose or decision you make, I encourage you to be the best that you can be and strive to make a difference.
What are your thoughts? What do you think are the best ways to serve your country without joining the military? Leave a comment below to let me know what you think. I look forward to hearing from you.