Welcome to Confessions Of, a weekly series where Task & Purpose’s James Clark solicits hilarious, embarrassing, and revealing stories from troops and vets about their job, deployments, and time in service.
Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was a force that continually defied military odds. With exceptional leadership at every level and an impressive will to win, they brought continual defeat to numerically and technologically superior Union forces during the first two years of the American Civil War.
Getting out of the military is like being born again, except this time you’re not a baby. You’ve got money, and skills, and muscles. The world is your oyster! Maybe you plan on using your newfound freedom to write the great American novel, or summit Mount Kilimanjaro, or learn Spanish. But first, you need to have some fun. You’ve earned it.
Sooner or later, almost everyone in the military will say the following: “I didn’t sign up for this shit,” followed by, “My recruiter lied to me.” Sure,, many service members enter the military with the understanding that sure, maybe they won’t get their ideal duty station or an endless volleyball match in the sun. But certainly, the military will never be so bad that someone would lament ever signing up, even for a moment? It can’t possibly be that bad, can it?