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Top 10 things you should know before joining the military

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Serving in the military is a great honour in the nation. Fighting for your country is a great feeling that you can get. However, not all of them can get into it as not all of them fit the criteria. There are a few things that you should keep in mind before joining the military.

Best Fitness

You should consider getting into shape weeks before joining the military. The military has a “Boot Camp” with the purpose of turning recruits into fit Soldiers. The significant components of this training include Education, Physical Strength, and in some cases skills such as swimming. So make sure you that you are fit weeks before joining the military.

Best Behaviour

The core characteristics of the Military are Good order and discipline. There is always a background check that goes around the recruits to check for any disqualifying events in their history. Criminal behaviour comes under that kind of events. It would be best from your part if you tell them if you have anything rather than them finding it.

See the world

Enlisting in the Military often means that you will be far from your family, loved ones and your home. You will travel and experience things that the shape your thinking about the world and the way you see it. This is bound to happen when you are in the Military.

Self Motivation

The biggest thing that you need to factor before you join the Military is if you want to go there. It is nearly a life-defining decision. If you are being “talked into” joining the military, then your career as a soldier or even the chance of getting into the army is at significant risk. Make sure you have the desire to join there and be confident enough to go there.

Personal Initiative

The ability and the courage to take the initiative is a high quality that we find in many people. In the military, taking the initiative is a skill they teach you, but it is better if you start practising earlier. Research everything you can about joining there and things related to it like current events.

Gather Medical Records

You need to specify and tell them if you have any broken bones, fractures, illnesses. They need to know about it and should file the proper paperwork for it. The military will screen you medically anyway. Make sure you know the problems that are disqualifying.

Discipline

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A successful career in the military depends heavily on discipline. It also depends on trust. That discipline starts the minute you enter the boot camp as a recruit. A higher discipline requires a positive and optimistic outlook for all sorts of feedback.

Ace the ASVAB

Learn how to take the test. It stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. Take some mock tests and read some books on strategies for taking the test. 

Plan your interview

You need to have a specific plan on how you are going to attend the interview. You need to practise on some prototype answers and mannerisms. Work out on scenarios on how the interview can go.

Accept the change

You will undergo a monumental shift in behaviour when you work for the military. The person you were in college and the person you will be in the force will be entirely different. The military will change the way you react to things and the way you see the world. You need to accept the change and be ready for anything.

The hand salute

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The salute is not simply an honor exchanged. It is a privileged gesture of respect and trust among soldiers. Remember the salute is not only prescribed by regulation, but also the recognition of other commitment, ability and professionalism.

Some historians believe the hand salute began in late Roman times when assassinations were common. A citizen who wanted to see a public official had to approach with his right hand raised to show that he possessed a weapon. Knights in armor raised visors with the right hand when meeting a mate. This practice gradually became a way of showing respect and, in early American history, sometimes involved removing the cap. In 1820, the movement has been modified to touching the hat, and has since become the handshake used today. Hail to show respect to an officer, the flag or our country.

The salute is widely misunderstood outside the military. Some consider it a gesture of servility since the lower extending a greeting to the top, but we know the opposite is true. The greeting is an expression that recognizes each other as a member of the profession of arms, which have made a personal commitment to self-sacrifice to preserve our way of life. The fact that young people extends the first greeting is simply a point of etiquette, a salute extended or returned makes the same statement.

The way we greet says a lot about you as a soldier. A proud salute, intelligent shows pride in yourself and your unit, and having confidence in your abilities as a soldier. A sloppy salute might mean that you are ashamed of your unit, lack of confidence, or at least they have not learned to salute properly.

In saluting, turn your head and eyes toward the person or the flag is waving. Take your hand until the correct one, smart motion without any preparatory movement. When dropping the salute, bring your hand straight down to his natural position at his side, without hitting your leg or moving your hand to the side. Any flourish in the greeting is incorrect.

We lost 8 of our own

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I wanted to post really quick about this weekend’s deadly attack in Afghanistan as I’ve received lots of phone calls, emails and IM’s asking about SGT Daddy.

As you probably have heard, this weekend 8 of our 4th ID , 4th Brigade soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice in an attack from the Taliban(along with other groups) in Eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan Border.

I do not believe that SGT Daddy was one of the 8 (i would have heard by now), I haven’t heard from him yet either since the attack. In these types of situations, there is usually a communication blackout so that the families of our fallen warriors can be notified. I’m sure that is the reason for not hearing from him.

As the details get released about the 8 soldiers, I will of course update as much as I can. I will make sure to let everyone know if there is anything you can do. Of course, in the meantime, please pray for our soldiers and comfort for their families.

Ceremony drilling and Terminology

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Element-This is an individual, team, section, platoon, company or larger unit formed as part of the unit of higher order.

Training-This is an array of elements of unity in the prescribed form as an online training, in which the elements are side by side, and the formation of the column, in which the elements are one behind the other. In a column section, the members of each team are one behind the other with the current squad.

Front-This is a space on one side to the other side of a formation, and includes elements of left and right.

Depth-This is a space from the front to the rear of a formation including front and rear elements.

Distance: This is the space between the elements are one behind the other. The distance between individuals is one arm more than 6 inches, or about 36 inches, measured from the chest of a soldier in the back of the soldier immediately to his front.

Range: This is the space between elements from side to side.

Rank-This is a line that is only one element in depth.

File-This is a column that has a front of one of the elements.

Guide-This is the person responsible for maintaining the prescribed direction and speed.

Post-This is the right place for an officer or petty officer standing on a prescribed training.

Head-This is the main element of a column.

Base-This is the element around which a movement is planned or regulated.

Rate-This is a uniform rhythm or number of steps or counts per minute.

Time: This is a fast cadence of 120 counts (steps per minute).

Double Time This is a cadence of 180 counts (steps per minute).

Soldiers of the German Army

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An army (from Latin gun “of weapons, weapons” through Old French arm? E, “armed” (feminine)), in the broadest sense, is the ground-based army of a nation or state. It may also include other branches of the military as Air Force through media Corps aviation. Within a national military force, the army word can also mean a field army an army of career soldiers full-time ‘are more’, ie that do not dissolve in peacetime. They differ from army reserves who are activated only in times such as war or natural disasters.

In several countries the army is officially called the land army to differentiate it from an Army Air Force called air, especially in France. In these countries, the word “army” on its own retains its connotation of a land force in common use. The largest army in the world today, the number of active troops is the People’s Liberation Army of China with 2,250,000 active troops and 800,000 reserve personnel.

By definition, irregular military means, in contrast to the regular army, which grew slowly from personal bodyguards or elite militia.