When I Joined the Marines

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An event were I learned a lesson from was when I signed up for the military. Even though I don’t regret joining I did learn a lesson and that is to not sign up for something that I don’t know much about or haven’t done any research about. When I was in high school I signed up for the Marines poolee program which is a program where you have to go do exercise once a week and sometimes one Saturday a month with other guys and girls that also want to join the marines . I was enrolled in the program for approximately two years before going to boot camp. I was enrolled for that long because I flunked my senior year of high school and I also changed my date to leave to boot camp twice. I kept changing the date to leave to boot camp because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to join the military. When I signed up for the Marines I didn’t know much about what they did or what they were about, I just knew they had a nice uniform and that they were the first to fight but I didn’t really worry about that because there were no wars going on at the time that I joined, which was a year and a half before 9/11. So as time went on I didn’t attend the meetings every week. I believe that out of the two years in the program I only attended six or seven times, because I was either working or I just wanted to hang out with friends or sometimes to tell you the truth, I was just too lazy to go do exercise. I also didn’t like going because I was not in shape at all, I was not able to do even three pull-ups, so because of that the recruiters were always yelling at me because of my weight. I used to weight around 230 pounds, and according to marine corps standards the maximum weight for a male that is 5 feet 8 inches was supposed to be 177 pounds, so I was a little too far from that. I have a cousin that also joined the Marines and went to boot camp about a year before I did. Three

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