I have a lot of thoughts about yesterday- the anniversary of 9/11- and about how that day shaped my life. I was eleven years old, walking between classes in middle school, feeling that something was off, on my way to math class. The TV was on when I got there, which was completely out of the ordinary. None of us in the class knew where the Twin Towers were, so our teacher, Mr. Myers, showed us on the map. People were falling or jumping from the towers on TV as we watched. I cried. I was afraid. On the way home from school on the bus, the armory parking lot next to the Weis grocery store was dotted with military vehicles like something out of a movie. When I got home, mom cried in front of the TV, and we all held each other. I kept a journal of the details from the news, because I didn't know what else to do. There were no planes in the sky that week, and I remember Dad saying I'd never see that happen again- he was right.
Each country has built its history thanks to the bravest figures, and in the USA's case, many of them have been Navy SEALs, who have risked their lives to maintain America's greatness along the history. Today I would like to talk about the most famous Navy SEALs throughout history.
When I joined the Navy at 18 years old, right after high school as a wide eyed naïve teenager, I never could have imagined the journey I was about to set out on. My whole moral being was about to be shaken to it's core. It was going to be rebuilt. My sense of self, what I had been taught was going to go out the window for self preservation. You see, I signed on to be a Corpsman in the United States Navy. It was during the time of mass deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. I was a sophomore in high school when 9/11 happened. I was a junior when we found Saddam. My first boyfriend joined the Marines in 2003, my cousin joined the Navy in 2003 also. I left in September 2004 for bootcamp under the impression that "females don't deploy over there". I was fine with that. I wasn't ready for college, and I just wanted the G.I. Bill. Once my six years were up I was out. I had no intention of deploying. I wanted to learn a few medical skills and head to college to be a doctor. The Navy was my way in.
Many years ago, the Royal Navy was deemed to be the most formidable fighting force in the world with many ships in its arsenal ready to be mobilised.
Though there are tales as old as time, being in the military is one of those "you have to see to believe" life experiences. It's impossible to realistically imagine life in the Navy unless you've lived it yourself. The Navy is a family. Sailors are brothers and sisters. They have each others' backs. There are many things to consider when deciding whether to join the Navy so learn about what it's like to be a sailor. It's probably not at all what you think it is.
Joining the Navy is a huge decision for anyone to make. For most men and women making this choice, going through the enlistment process is their first experience as an adult after receiving their high school diploma. When you are getting ready to join the Navy, there are many requirements—mentally, physically, and emotionally. If you are joining the military, or if you specifically want to prepare for joining the Navy as an enlisted sailor, an officer, or even a Navy Seal, here’s a list of how to do so.
A man had two women in his life. One of them was his beloved girlfriend, the other a longtime family friend. He cared and cherished them both. They each held a special place in his heart. However, his adoration wasn't reciprocated completely by one of them. It would be too late before he realized his mistake.
A couple days ago I had a cousin that I don’t often talk to reach out to me on Facebook. After pleasantries she got to the real reason she sparked our conversation asked me if I could do her a favor. Her boyfriend has been thinking about joining the Navy as a Nuke Engineer; he wanted an opinion that didn’t come from a recruiter's mouth. That was something I could sympathize with, as someone who made the mistake of going in blind as a bat and trusting my recruiters' words like they were gold. I ended up in and out of the most exhausting, confusing, dangerous, and life changing four years of my life, and I wish I had twenty more to give.
On March 20th 2018, I left to RTC Great Lakes. This was the day that my longtime dreams of becoming a United States sailor began. I went through weeks of training I know everything there is to know about bootcamp and everything you learn while in training. I became the starboard watch for my division, which was great. I made the watch bill for the female compartment, and took care of the deck log. The deck log is something that the watch stander writes in, when certain things happen in the division. I also was part of division front, which is the part of the division that leads all of the other division when marching. I enjoyed my div job a lot!!! We went through basic damage control training, firefighting, small arms training, and many more things! It was the best experience of my life! A week before graduation, I got ASMO’d into a week two division, for failing my final run. So since I had already gone through all of the training that my new division was about to go through, I figured I would go to medical for an ongoing headache and slight dizziness I had been experiencing. For almost two weeks straight the doctor was trying to figure out what was causing the headaches because I was perfectly healthy. I had told the doctor that I had already felt better, because she had given me Tylenol and it helped tremendously with the headaches and I could continue on with training. But she insisted to find out what it was to make sure it was nothing serious.
On April 18, 2018, my husband shipped out for boot camp to start his career in the United States Navy. I knew that day that I wouldn't be able to talk to him on a regular basis like I normally did and I wouldn't be able to see him at all. It was difficult. Very difficult. It was one of the most difficult things I ever had to do in my life. From then on I knew life would never be the same again. That there would be many laughs and smiles but also just as many tears. That was the day that I became a military wife. And I soon learned that it would be one of the hardest things in the world I would ever have to do.
No matter if it's for the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, or beyond, joining any single branch of the military is no easy task, and neither is what follows if you actually get cleared for basic. As when joining any organization or systematic group, one must know the concerns and necessities inherent with the particular place, in addition to the people involved. For this reason, if you're leaning toward the Navy, my advice would be to not only to read up on all that you can in context with the history and the ideologies of the military branch, but to also soak up as much information as is possible when literally signing up.