Originally Posted by Garfield
Thank you all for your input. I've never put any thought into joining the airforce, but after looking into it, I can't really say that its ruled out. But originally I was thinking more of the Army or Marines. And I don't mean to offend anyone, but I have been told that joining the army is a death wish. I don't know how much I believe that, but it does freak me out.
I may be out of shape, but if I do decide to enlist, I'm planning on getting back in shape a year or two prior. As for me being scared, I really don't know, I feel like this is something I need to do, but I can't get over the fact that I might end up paying for it with my life. Some people have told me that they were scared to, but they just bit their tongue and tried not to think about it. I don't know, I really feel this is the only thing holding me back. Its like I want to be right in the action, but I don't know how to handle all of this.
For the people who have served time, how did you cope with all this? I'm having a very difficult time doing so.
Anyone who has been in combat and tells you they weren't scared is lying. The question you have to ask yourself is if you think you can manage your fear. That's what soldiers do. They learn to manage their fears and complete their objectives. Having lead slung at your head is a scary thing no matter who you are. I commend you for admitting your fear, but you should know that everyone has those same fears at one point or another.
I coped by remembering what I was fighting for. I was fighting for my family and friends, innocent people I didn't even know, and for myself.
Some people join the Army just for the benefits and pay. In my experience, those are the ones who can't cope. If you truely want to serve your country because you love it, I think you'll be suprised how easily you overcome your fears.