Should I join the military in my teens?

Should I join the military right out of high school?

I have been asked this question a lot. Below is an answer I have submitted in the past. I know how many young people need financial help with their future education and how they also need support in today’s job market. Some young people don’t feel that they have anyone supporting them and joining the military creates an instant family. My thoughts are based on my career in coaching and not based on my personal feelings one way or another in terms of the military.

dear jane’s advice: Hi, I have been a career coach for over 13 years. I have worked with people from all ages, backgrounds and professions. I have also worked with miltary clients who are now trying to work in the private sector. First I would ask yourself, Why do I want to join the military? Second, have you interviewed with the military and asked them a lot of questions? Do you like their answers? Also, if you are looking to get your education paid for it’s a great way to go. It’s a short commitment and it looks great on a resume and you get paid. So unless you are worried about going to war, I would say just do what your intuition tells you. Trust yourself. It’s hard when you are young and you can’t make any mistakes in terms of your career because when we interview people about their specific career and education choices, as long as you tell the truth of why you made those choices, most human resource professionals and hiring managers understand because they are people too who had to make similar choices at your age. I hope this helps.

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