I served for years in the Navy. Now that I have gone home, most people have one question they love to repeatedly ask me, and it is a question that made me realize how much of a good decision it was to be part of the Navy.
The question is: What do you get from serving the Navy?
Of course, the obvious answer would be to receive good compensation for you and your family. Putting your life for your family has its price too, and its a good thing that the government realizes that.
However, because of this question being repeatedly asked from me, I also thought of other possible things that I got because I decided to join the navy.
One thing I had to do in order to pass becoming a Navy is to study, and to study really hard. A good mind will help make you think and make right and sound decisions when you are in the battlefield. It is not all guns and bombs and diving and maneuvering ships out there. Brains are needed to function not only so that you can perform your designated tasks correctly, but also so that you could formulate strategies that would help you survive during difficult times.
Because of this, I know that one benefit of joining the Navy was me, becoming smarter as a person. Of course, there is no saying if I would have the same determination if I should have taken another career path, but since this is the life I took, I am still thankful that I got to be a better person, mentally, because of this.
The next thing I came to realize is that even when I am already old, I still feel very young and healthy. Joining the Navy requires physical strength more than anything, and the only way for that to happen is if efforts are made to take good care of the body. Right now, even when I am off the hook from all the strict physical requirements, I still keep myself healthy because I am already accustomed to it.
I still follow this so called food list for caveman diet, which I got from this site called Paleo Compass. I have been an avid Paleo diet follower since the diet made waves years ago. Eating all natural things and following this strict diet has helped me a lot while I was still in the Navy, and even now as I stay at home and spend more time with my wife and my kid.
See, a healthy body is a difficult thing to achieve, especially now that the world is full of tempting foods that do more harm than good. If I had not been in the Navy, I know I would be one of those people who just eat and eat without minding what is being eaten.
Hence, this healthy body that I have write now, is something I really am thankful for because I know I won’t have this if I did not join the Navy.
There are still a lot of things that I know I got because I joined the army. For one, it is a fulfillment of my dreams. I have served with what I can, and I hope than young people will follow, too. I know it may seem a short time to serve but I have a daughter now and I don’t want to miss her growing up, and I don’t want her to not have a father.
Also, it is better to have the younger generation of soldiers do the battles for the country. For those who wish to become a soldier someday, there are a few things you have to work on even before you apply as a soldier.