I was blessed to have the opportunity to serve my country.
When I was in the Army my day would start at 4:00am. Accountability was conducted by 5:00am then we would get our morning briefing. At 6:00am we would conduct physical training (PT) until 7:30am. After PT we were released to shower, change, and eat breakfast. The work day would start at 9:00am and end at 5:00pm if the mission of the day was completed along with all necessary tasks.
I learned time management skills, leadership skills, equipment maintenance, crew drills and responsibilities as an Artillerymen and as an Infantrymen, tactical driving skills, mounted and dismounted tactics and operations, how to maintain and operate the M119 M109 M198 and M777 Howitzer as well as all small arms and crew served weapons. I was able to become very efficient in planning and problem solving while on the move as well as team work and trust in my team.
My "co-workers" were my squad/section and my platoon/battery. A very divers bunch but we all had a deep respect for each other. Not all of them are alive today but I am very thankful that I was able to serve with such hi caliber personal.
The hardest part of the job were the 12 month deployments. Being in combat and away from your loved ones takes its tool on even the strongest of worriers but if I had to do it all over again I would not hesitate to jump at the opportunity.
To me the most enjoyable part of the job is seeing what we were able to accomplish once the mission or task is done and coming back home to the USA!!