Re: What is the guard REALLY like?
more than likely, you will get through basic/ait, and get to your unit and see guys that have been on 4 deployments and are highly decorated, and all they will talk about is stories from the deployments. This will make you want to be deployed, and then find just being at drill useless and you will want to get out and do something. Im not sure which area you are looking to go into, but in the Infantry, with a few exceptions from the permanent profile guys and the wonderful deployment dodgers, we live to deploy, and hate going to drill when there is nothing going on. My point in all this is, dont worry about getting deployed, if it happens, it happens, it will be good experience, and you can say you were on a combat tour on a resume. Being in will also probably make you want to get back into school and get college out of the way, especially with the military paying for it. Don't just look at the guard as a way to get some tech experience and a very less than adequate paycheck, look at it as an opportunity to gain more experience in life than your peers and have a leg up on them in college because you are more disciplined than they are.
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