Everyone's story is different. I come from a family of military men so I grew up in the service and had it in my mind that a stepping stone in life, before setting off to the civilian world, was to serve in the military.
The other part of me didn't know what else I SHOULD do. Did any of you feel the same way? I was looking for something...and I found it in the Corps.
The Marine Corps taught me how to be a man.
The Marine Corps taught me how to work through adversity.
The Marine Corps taught me that life isn't always easy.
The Marine Corps taught me that you need to EARN a fellow Marine's respect.
The Marine Corps taught me how to be a leader.
The Marine Corps taught me how to make the tough call.
I learned a lot in The Corps and I'll bet you did too. It wasn't always easy and it wasn't always fun. But we can all look back on that time with pride and say we did something that most other humans could never do.
That's the beauty of the Marine Corps. There is no race. Background doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what brought us to The Corps. We're all green. We fought for that title. We are a family, The Marine Corps family until the day we die.