Former Cudahy Student turned American Soldier. Just here to share my experiences.
When you graduate from high school, your first thought is "Thank god I'm done with that place." But as you're hugging your friends and getting congratulated by family, you don't realize that this is the start of a completely new page in your life, becoming a stranger to the new places you'll go. Everyone goes a different way, whether it be college, a job or my choice, the military.
Since I was a little kid, I've always wanted to join the military. Being a "military brat" with both parents in the Navy, and my dad later being in the Army National Guard, it was a very obvious choice for me.
So in February of 2013, I went with my dad to see the Army National Guard recruiter for my school. Though I'm still part of the Army, the National Guard is a bit different then the regular Army. We go through the same basic training (BCT) and advanced individual training (AIT) as regular Army, but we are state-organized units.
Before you go to BCT, AIT or MEPS, which is the Military Entrance Processing Station (yes the military does love its' acronyms), I had to choose a job. That was a very hard task for me, and probably for other soldiers, because you have to do this job for six years, at least.
I had taken the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) during my sophomore year, and had a pretty good score so I had a lot of choices for jobs. I was looking more into medical or intelligence jobs.
There weren't many intel jobs so I looked at medical. The first day I went, the only medical job choice I had was 68W, which is a combat medic. They are pretty much the front line medics, and though I respect what they are doing, I, myself, wouldn't be able to do that. I told my recruiter that I had to think about it.
Two days later, he calls me saying a great job had come up, 68P, which as a Radiology Specialist. I got it as soon as I could. After filling out tons of paperwork and signing my name millions of time, I was finally able to go to MEPS. And just to think, that's just the beginning of my story.