An Army of Matthew?

Army LogoI was watching the news last night and there was a report on how the military was having a hard time finding new recruits. I thought to myself, once upon a time I was young and reckless and I would enlist just to serve my country. I guess now I’m old and reckless because I went and talked to an Army recruiter today.

After high school I gave serious thought to going into the Navy. My friends even had a going away party for me and everything. At the last minute, a friend asked me if this was really what I wanted to do or whether I would rather go to college. Luckily she helped me from making a bad decision. I went to college and life was good.

I’ve been in consulting for 7 years now and have done pretty well at accomplishing my goals. It’s time for me to move on to something new. I don’t think the Army is for me but I found out that I qualify for the Air Force Officer’s School. I’ll be a pretty old guy compared to the rest of the class, but it would be an adventure. I’m particularly interested in their linguistics training. They provide a year of advanced language classes where you learn everything about a particular language and culture – probably Arabic. Afterwards, the CIA often recruits from this pool of available linguists. I have an appointment to go back next week and find out some more.

One of the things I cherish above all else is free will. I have the freedom to wake up in the morning and change my entire life if it’s not going the way I like. I think as we get older, we forget this. Even if I never wear an Air Force uniform, I have a choice to. It’s important not to lose sight of this fact. Life is too short to stick to a program or agenda that’s been handed to you by someone else. It’s my life and I can do just about anything I want. Now, that’s empowering.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – Marianne Williamson

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