Pros: Stability, Benefits, Advancement, Health Conscious Culture
Cons: Stress, combat and hazardous conditions, variable lack of freedoms
To this day I do not regret my decision to join the National Guard. Although I originally joined in order to pay for college, every aspect of my life has benefited in some way from my experiences as a Soldier. I have learned invaluable life skills such as integrity, determination, and leadership. If I had neglected to join, I am certain that I would not be the same independent, conscientious and productive member of society that I am today. Being a Soldier tests your resolve and forces you to transcend your own limitations. I am grateful for who I have become thanks to the National Guard.