Hello everyone I'm not sure if it was last week or maybe 2 weeks ago that the idea first hit me, but I keep getting more and more confident that it's the right choice for me. I am nervous as I assume many are when they first decide to join. If i'm being completely open, their are plenty of things that aren't what I imagine to be the way I want them in my life. A lot of things I want to fix but it seems the right avenue isn't opening up. I have a job but not a career, it's disposable with no room for improvement, no brotherhood, no leadership. Feels like i'm dragging my feet with it. My city is pretty bad with crime and job oppurtunity. I have the education, I put in a lot of effort over the past few years getting certain licenses but once I feel things are looking up, they don't really go any further then scraping by or being complacent. I think many of these things the brotherhood and the leadership mentality of the US Armed Forces would help me conquer and in a sense I will find myself. Although I do have a job, I wouldn't call it a career. I don't feel fulfilled with it. And it might even be all in my head as my friends consider it a good job. I'm still only 22, but time is ticking away fast. And before long I will be too old to turn back and undo what has been done. It's essential now I try new things, become a better man and build upon my knowledge for the future. I used to always tell myself I'd fight in a war once their was a war worth fighting in. But WW3 is never going to happen at least not for the next 30 years and I think it's time I enroll. Main questions I have Is basic training as bad as the movies proclaim? Is modern Basic Training as bad as it was before? My main haunting shadow of doubt is Private Pyle from Full Metal Jacket lol. But I know that's just a movie and I have also heard our current Basic Training isn't as harsh as it was circa Vietnam era. Do you reckon they will put most people as a ground troop or will their be a possibility i'm a chef or a barber? What happens to all my stuff when I leave? Who will pay the tag on my truck or keep my things from getting stolen? Protect my guns. The rent. My Truck's insurance, and things of that nature. How do those things get paid under my name if i'm not around? Do they let you pay for those things online? I'm really not sure what to expect, which is why I am here to ask fellow gun lovers, and the many brave veterans on here about their experiences. I would like to know the basics of what to expect. What I want from the experience at this point is way beyond money or a job, I need structure. I need to meet new faces and feel like I pushed myself to be better. It's essential for me. Thank you for any help.