Being in the Navy was mentally, physically, emotionally draining. It also was very rewarding and gave me a sense of pride. No one can take away or credit themselves for my accomplishments. I worked my ass off and proved myself in a male dominant field that I would be equal if not better than my subordinates. When I decided to join, I was 18. Attended one year of community college and I felt stuck. You're probably thinking, "If you couldn't commit to going to community college, why make a four year commitment in the Navy?" That's the million dollar question. I still don't know why or what made me take a drastic change in direction. It just felt right.