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Forging of a Man Upon graduating high school I searched myself and asked the most clich question of all time What do I want to do with my life I investigated and tried numerous jobs and also attempted school I came to the conclusion that school is most enjoyable when not attended and work is pleasurable as long as there is no work involved This is a paradox to which no man has the answer I realized that like everyone else who doesnt win the lottery I had to work hard to be successful In fact I wasnt enthused about the day to day grind of work Therefore I decided to take an alternate route to the sought after road to success I decided that I would join the United Stated Marine Corps in hopes that it would forge me into a disciplined and determined human being Upon arriving at boot camp I discovered that the mythical nostalgia associated with drill instructors did not do justice to the men who stood before me I then became used to daily life as an endless string of profanity and degrading remarks Their authoritative nature demanded a type of fear and respect that made the learning curve mandatory I was quickly educated in the daily life of a new recruit My days were filled with the fine art of polishing buckles and other ornamental items such as door knobs We recruits made this chore such a habit that the door knobs were rubbed thin I pondered many countless hours over the mentality of the drill instructors I asked myself Why did they seem so cruel I slowly began to notice a developing organization in our mechanized lives The change became more evident as the weeks passed by I rapidly began to adapt to the recruit lifestyle until a radical experience tested my will to continue the journey The test came in form of an injury which
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