I’m a lifelong civilian, and have never been interested in joining the military for a number of reasons. I’m a nonviolent person (don’t conflate this with being a pacifist, I just don’t want to shoot anyone), I like having my personal freedom and I am not sure I would do well in such a structured environment.
That said, whenever I see ads for the military, or the recruiting offices at the local shopping mall, I can’t help but imagine myself in the military in some capacity. Upon consideration, I think the branch I would most want to join would be the Navy, for a few reasons:
-Safety (virtually no casualties–only 2.2% of the deaths in Iraq/Afghanistan were suffered by the Navy.)
-Travel (if you’re stationed on a ship, you will get to see other parts of the world in some capacity, rather than being stationed on a base in Kansas somewhere.)
-Technology (I find advanced warships to be fascinating. Not as interested in mechanized infantry.)
But this really isn’t about me. I’m curious about how those of you who have served or currently serve in the military decided upon your branch. What factors were involved? Do you regret your decision? Has anyone served in multiple branches?