What made you join the Army National Guard? That is the question I am asking my blog visitors to answer today. We all join the military for different reasons. I would love to hear what factors enticed you to sign your name to the dotted line and join the Army National Guard. All you have to do is leave a comment to this post to share your thoughts.
To get the conversation flowing, I will share my story about why I joined the Army National Guard. Here it goes.
In May 2005, I was living in Joppa, Maryland. I had just started selling life insurance and was starting to miss the camaraderie of the military. Approximately two years prior, I had resigned my commission from the Active Duty Army in an attempt to save my marriage.
I had pondered the decision of coming back in for a few weeks before I contacted the local recruiter. After talking to one of the local ARNG Recruiters, she put me in touch with the Officer Recruiter for the Maryland Army National Guard. I went in for an interview, took a physical, filled out all the paper work and was back in the military within about two weeks.
Looking back, here are the primary reasons I joined the Army National Guard:
1. To belong to something bigger than myself. I have always enjoyed being part of a team working toward a cause my greater than myself.
2. To earn some extra money. I had recently went through a divorce and was short on cash.
3. To serve my state and country. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve always enjoyed service. I like to give back to my country and state.
4. To earn a pension. At that moment in time I was at about the 8-9 year mark. I knew that if I got joined the military again I could one day earn a pension.
5. To face new challenges and experiences. I love challenges. I love doing new things and going new places. At that moment in time my life was boring. I was ready for something new; something exciting.
There it is in a nutshell. This is what made me join the Army National Guard in 2005.
I’d love to hear your story. What made you join the Army National Guard? Just post your story below, I look forward to hearing it. Thank you.