“I joined because while I was working in New York, there wasn’t much to do. Usually the average ranged from working minimum wage and living check to check. In order for me to actually succeed, I thought, ‘Why not join and improve myself as a young adult who goes to college?’
So I took one step forward, I took the oath, and I enlisted.”
“I wanted to join ever since sophomore year (high school), just because I thought it would be fun to serve the country.
But as I got to my senior year, I realized that my family couldn’t pay for education, so that’s another benefit that I got from the Army. Not a lot of people get to go to college, but I’m the first one in my family to join the Army and go to college.”
“I serve the Army to better myself as a person and to improve my physical and mental toughness. I wanted to find a better purpose in life.
I felt that (joining) could lead me on a right path, a better path, for my family and I.”
“The reason why I serve is to give up who I was to become who I can be — a better person.”