What don’t some people tell you about serving in the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard)?
It gets lonesome as fuck without your teammates. Sometimes you will chill with your squadmates, but rarely will you talk to people outside your squad. If your 3 team mates are out doing shit, youre gonna be alone in your room for however many days off you have.To cope with said lonesomeness and boredom, you will gravitate towards sleeping. It also never fails when the nyquil and sleep aids fail to knock you out.You will drink whenevet you can to stop the hell inside. I mean wtf are you gonna do? You make E2 pay, no girlfriend, no car, no nothing.If you arent old enough to drink, youre so fucked lol.Youre gonna start smoking and dipping. When I was in basic i made a promise that i wouldnt smoke again. I didnt even last a day at reception.Smokings are infinitely worse than basic. Imagine the biggest in thd field smoking you got in basic, but magnify it by duration and intensity by 50%.Sleeping in the cold. I was used to it because i was homeless before i joined. I wasnt sucking, but you will be tho.Dont ever be late, not even once. Oh dear god please dont. I beg you.Dont ever call someone the wrong rank. Oh my god.You better stand at parade rest when talking to a specialist, and address them as such or youre gonna have a bad time.If you dont have your papers, youre gonna have a bad time.The shots. They never stop. Immunizations, immunizations everywhere.Fucking ammo guard and sorting links and brass.Setting up literally anything.Organizing 70 pound ammo crates.Putting all of the crates back on the main black pallet thing because the nasty girls decided not to show.Police calling STX lanes. Ewww.Fucking cock roaches. I dont really care but normal people might. Like the way they move is just alien.The amount and diversity of spiders is insane.You get quite a few days off sometimes. It would be suicide inducing if you didnt tho.Carrying a saw and 240 looks cool and feels cool, but it doesnt feel cool for long, believe me.22. You will have the gayest time of your life with people you see everyday. Not only that, but they get you, act gay with you,share a morbid and suicidal sense of humor.23. Sleeping all day and also playing football in the field. Fun times man.24. Sitting in a circle eating Mr. E’s, playing cards and telling stories and dipping away. Also, smoking.25. Barracks parties.26. “PT runs”. IE, Wafflehouse.27. PT tests. Pop those aspirin, smoke that cigarrette and drink that Monster, its go time. Again. Except it actually counts this time.28. When your room key doesnt work so you have to walk to the UACH office29. Locking yourself out.30. Blowing 1700 in one go.31. Getting turnt at the Hilton.32. How fucking much an M249 jams33. How much does an M249 jam?A. When you need itB. When its shootingC. When youre about to shoot itD. All of the above.If you answered D, you get a cookie.34. Riding in the bed of an LMTV is the most yiyi/yee yee amazing thing ever, especially when its fish tailing and the road is bumpy as fuck.35. Fights are extremely common in basic but almost non existent in the real army.36. The Police here are fucking amazing omg.37. Food is only cheap at the comissary. Everywhere else is just as expensive as its civilian counterpart.38. There are literally signs for tank crossings.39. Tanks are actually quieter than I expected them to be, but you can easily hear. Them 500 yards out. Its weird. Theyre quiet when theyre moving next to you but super loud when theyre farther away.40. You wont hear a Stryker. IFV until its about 50-100 yarda away. Its fucking crazy.41. Turning on a Bradley IFV feels exactly like this:42. Military Police are always happy as fuck.43. Gate Guard is way better than ammo guard.44. Night Vision sucks ass. It either droops too low below you your eye or you cant see anyone more than 25 yards away. Like they begin to blend in.45. NCOs are funny as fuck and teach us shit all the time.46. Its true. The E4 Mafia is real. I have seent it. They know everything, can do anything, will help you with anything, and can disapear forever. Where they go, I have no fucking idea.47. An entire ant colony attacking your leg doesnt burn or hurt. It kinda itches alot and it stings somewhat. My leg was covered on black. It was crazy48. The Army alone can turn a profit big enough to keep Dominos in business. All we eat is Dominos. The only cars you see are Dominos. Im literally ordering Dominos in 5 minutes.49. There is no such thing as Oscar Mike50. If you want to fuck with people, say tracking, read ya lima charlie, roger, wilco, and stuff like that.52. You cant get a reaction out of us. Were all dead inside but were made alive by each others company.53. Private News Network is run by the Mafia. Privates just havent figured it out yet.54. Dont be surprised when your shit gets borrowed in basic. Theres only one thief in the Army, everyone else is just trying to get their shit back54. Wearing civilian clothes becomes a new found appreciation.Me on a PT run lol. Wafflehouse is pretty chill55. You havent lived until you rode in the back of a Deuce going 60 and he slams on the brakes and yall werent wearing seatbelts so you go flying lmfao.56. Were really good drivers. 100mph, bangin Uies, drifting and such.57. If you think rucksacks were heavy in basic, youre wrong.58. The whole “ Where is your water source” line never stops. But you can use a canteen if you dont have a camelbak. Your team leader wont smoke you.59. You can use your dogtags as ID if you forget your CAC.60. We all run like hell to get inside at 1700 every day. RIP the poor fuckers that get caught outside.61. We were literally trained to shoot from the hip while using our nods. Just point the laser on the target and hip fire.62. Do not assist someone at night. My battle buddy couldnt see targets but I guided him good enough to qualify while helping his belt feed. At one point he said fuck it and sprayed everywhere violently moving his weapon left to right up and down, it was epic. I got smoked mercilessly though, even though he said he asked for my help.63. Shooting is fun as fuck. Its fun trying to get as many bullets into the tombstone as possible, and i will be damned if i didnt say that the SAW is way more accurate than the M4. The sound of it and the vibration is awesome.64. Getting tangled in vines at night is the most frustrating thing ever.65. I shoot better without earpro for some reason. Like way better.66. Getting tear gassed is not that bad. It only gets bad when you step outside, but heres something crazy. While everyone else was coughing and snotting like crazy, I was just standing there looking around and shrugged my shoulders. When we walked out though i couldnt open my eyes but ove, it wasnt that bad.67. Smoke em if you got em, push if you dont.68. Wall to wall counseling under FM 22-102 exists in basic. Ive seent it happen to people. Just not by drills. Well ok one time but it was during our last ruck, the 12 miler.69. Working guard on weekends. Ewww.70. 24 hr CQ is the shit because youre away from the company for 24 hours. However, you dont sleep during this time to my knowledge buuut you get to skip work doing CQ and you get a comp day the next day. Ive never gotten it tho.71. Depression reigns supreme in my unit. I can name 4 people in my squad that I know for sure, and 3 in our fireteam. I know other people in other platoons that have the depression as well. Like seriously bad depression to the point where they openly talk about suicide and how bad they feel. But if we talk about it and say how they feel….. Dishonorable Discharge.72. The standards are fucking insane. Its easy to meet them when you know them all though. But still, holy fuck.73. Fuck fuck games never stop. Never.74. You can literally get in trouble for following an order to the letter, given by a Sergeant, by your team leader. Because doing the right thing is wrong and doing the wrong thing is wrong. Youre just wrong. If youre doing anything, youre wrong.75. Dont join up if youre an SJW or a hardcore feminist or Liberal type person. Oh my god. Youd kill yourself. Literally all of our conversations involve body parts, death, suicide, misogyny at new levels. We talk about everything SJWs and Feminists talk about, but literally in the exact opposite way with more degradation. This is coming from someone thats bi, and my team knows this because infantry convos: I dont care about the super totally offensive F bomb. I use it, my team uses it, its cool. Its fine. It doesnt trigger me, it doesnt give anyone owwies or boo boos. Were Infantry ffs.76. We dont wear seatbeltsAddendum: a commentAnd sleeping knowing that you, as a collective, have the blood of countless children and innocent civilians on your hands? :)First of all, let me express my gratitude and appreciation, knowing that someone cares about how I sleep at night. If anyone is a caring empath, it is you.Now onto my response that is sure to cause great displeasure. I sleep perfectly fine at night, I have no guilty conscience. I take great satisfaction knowing that our regulations, laws, and orders prevent us fron killing our civilians. I sleep perfectly fine at night knowing that we, as a collective, are a force for good. And that many people are jealous, maybe envious that we are the most powerful military in the history of the world. Not Rome and its Legions, nor Germany and its Whermacht had the logistics or power that we have now.As is obvious, our military had killed civilians. Accident happen, period. That is the cost of war. Even the way we treat detainees in war is tame compared to most armies now and in the past. Search, silence, segregate, safeguard, speed to the rear.Surely, if we as a collective are so evil as you imply, then our regulations would be much more barbaric. What is more barbaric is the terrorist who uses civilians as human shields. Sometimes, a pilot cannot see that.Also, i can assure you that if i ever saw a soldier massacring civvies, i would shoot him on the spot. Anyone would. It would surprise you to know that many regular Landwher German troops in WWII had the same stance, even moreso towards their heavily brainwashed and indoctrinated SS/Schutsstaffel counterparts.We and I as a soldier are also reminded constantly that we can refuse any order we deem illegal.As a collective‡ What an interesting concept. By using this same argument, I can make Liberals and Conservatives equally have blood on their hands too. Actually, all of humanity must have blood on their hands. Even you.Things are what they are. Individuals in the end can make entire organizations look bad, as the old saying goes: one bad apple spoils the bunch.But then again, individuals i guess do as group form some sort of collective dont they. I guess i must have blood on my hands for slavery, and every massacre that happened in this country. Just blame it all on me and the Army. Just blame us all for the Rawandan Genocide, My Lay massacre, Kenyan Mall Massacre, the Dresden Bombings, Mandalay Bay massacre, Kent State Massacre, the Holocaust, just blame it all on us.If we as the world are just one big fuckin collective, then everyone is guilty of everything for something they never did nor ever will do. And such is the failure and hypocrisy of so many social groups, i mean collectives, these days.See how big this mess gets? That I as a person should suffer, all of us even, for something we never did? Seriously think for a few hours about the concept of collectivism.Further more, I went on this persons profile. Going for a med degree I see. Just like I will as well. I have a Veterinarian degree in my sights as well.So why is she pursuing this degree? Why am I an Infantry soldier? Whu do I want a med degree, preferably EMT training and a VA degree?Im a soldier and she is studying medicine because we both want to help people, serve on our own way, and honestly just be helpful servants to society.But of course, me and the fam have to get shit on by a troll that happens to share strong empathic desires and urges to help people.I take great pride and sleep well at night knowing that my job is more miserable than yours, more demanding, and more everything. Youre so lucky not to be in a unit. You can thank the collective soldiers in your army that you werent drafted.