Pros: benefits, good pay, knowledge gained
Cons: fear of having to leave family during deployments
I was taught a lot about how to be a leader during my five years served in the Army National Guard. I spent two months in combative and fitness training; immediately followed by another four months of Automated Logistics training. Once completion of my training, I began drill weekends, summer training, and deployments with my fellow soldiers. I spent four weeks training on heavy equipment, such as a frontend loader, trackhoe, bulldozer, grader, scraper, 18-wheeler, and dumptruck. I also spent almost three months deployed during the BP oil spill in 2010, which was a clean up detail and attempt to conserve wildlife and wildlife refuges. I am proud to have been given the opportunity to contribute at all, in serving my country, especially during a time of war.