@risingbean: Well to be honest, YOU enlisted, meaning YOU knew what you were getting yourself into. I don't plan on having a family of my own for a while, I'm 21 years old. Sure you've had close encounters with death, and I'm aware that when I get deployed I may die, but its really no different when you wake up every morning. I know what I'm going to sign up for, I couldn't care less about missing some blockbuster movies. I might even miss The Justice League, miss my favourite Halo reclaimer trilogy, but the military is a decision of a life time. Either if you serve 1 year or 10 years.
This guy is 19 years old, he doesn't (shouldn't) have a family of his own. You were an infantryman, that doesn't equate to being a cop. If you want to be a cop you should have applied for the military police position. You could have been a close protection agent. Serving with the defence force will always look impressive on your resume if you're in the right field. You can't be a MP in the army and try and get a job as a doctor in the civil world. I'm not blindly leading this guy. Like I've mentioned before, I've been through enough sessions and interviews to know what I'm signing up for. I've spoken with recruiters to officers. I'm enlisting and I want to be knowledgeable so I know just as much as you.
Silkballfro94... while I don't think I have to point it out, I'm going to anyway... Think about the difference between the positions monsterstomp and risingbean is in. Monsterstomp is saying "you know what you were getting your self into" and "going to sign up for" and "when i am deployed"... Risingbean has been there, done that. The first thing is proved wrong by the fact that their opinions are so different. Monsterstomp, just like you, does not know what you are getting into. Risingbean does. Monsterstomp, just like you, hasn't signed up yet. Risingbean has already served. Monsterstomp thinks he knows what it is going to be like when is deployed...and thinks he is going to be deployed and has no doubts about whether he even makes the cut. Risingbean, was deployed, knows what it's like to be deployed, and has made the cut.
You would be an idiot to listen to someone like Monsterstomp over Risingbean, not only due to experience difference in the pertinent area, but in his attitude towards it in general. He has the personality of that guy you see in all those movies that thinks he's the shit, but when it's game time he wets himself and huddles up in a corner, or gets shot in the head and never sees home again. I would never take life advice from that guy.