Whenever you think of what life is like in the military, what comes to mind first? Is it the assumed thrill of a firefight? Perhaps the excitement of seeing massive explosions? Or maybe you simply think of the travel? Those that serve in the military will oftentimes tell you that what comes to mind for them first is payday, specifically the 1st and 15th of every month. Of course, when we do receive that highly sought after paycheck, we find that there never seems to be enough zeros at the end of our checks — only zeros in our bank accounts. Why is that?
Imagine: You're laying comfortably in your bed, snuggled deeply into your pillow and blanket. Perhaps you're asleep in the fetal position, drooling heavily from the bottle of Jack you downed the night prior. The sun has yet to bring the Earth into its warm embrace, birds have yet to whistle their cheerful tunes, the night sky serene and peaceful. You may be dreaming of winning the lottery, maybe the thrill of that game winning touchdown, or even of the attractions of an old crush. It's as if everything in this moment is absolutely perfect. Then that wretched sound tears away the fabric of serenity and you open your eyes to the horrors of reality. You are an 0311 in the USMC during peace time.