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If you knew me at all you would probably ask yourself how a girl like me came to join the military Let me tell you it wasnt always the path I had planned for myself If you were to ask me before the age of 17 what I wanted to do after high school I would have told you I wanted to go to college to be a teacher and play any sport in which I could make the team Many things happened from the time I decided to join to the time I was sworn in It all started with my older brother Joel He was recruited from high school to wrestle for the Air Force Joel is 9 years older than I am so for years I would listen to stories of him traveling and having fun during his enlistment in the military Now I have always been a very smart girl achieved good grades played lots of sports and had a large group of friends It wasnt until high school that my older brother moved back to our hometown with a family of his own that I really paid attention to his never ending stories of fun traveling and new friends that he made while he was away I became envious and I started to compare his life to mine The more I thought about it the more I wanted to take off and experience a little bit of what my brother didIt was maybe 2 weeks before the catastrophic event of 9-11 happened beginning of my Senior year I was sitting in my home room listening to our teacher go on about our futures and how this year will make or break most students planning on attending college It was then I decided I was going do it I was going to enlist in the military I was going to put college on hold for now or at least delay
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