Choosing the Military (Needs Assessment)
You should have made a list of your primary motivators before you ever set foot in the recruiter's office. Whether your list was long---containing such items as money for college, job security, opportunity to travel, technical training and good pay---or contained only one item, such as having full-time employment, the number of items on your list is not what's important. What is important is that you are able to satisfy those motivators.
are YOUR Motivators? Make a List. Check it Twice!
It should be noted, however, that at this time you may not have all the information necessary to determine whether or not you should enlist. For instance, if your most important primary motivator is receiving technical training, you will not know if the military can meet this motivator unless you have taken the Armed Services Vocational Battery (ASVAB) and physical examinations. If this is the case, you must make the assumption that you will qualify for technical training and base your decision on the information provided to you by your recruiter. It will then be necessary for you to return to this chapter later on and reevaluate your situation if needed.
If we apply the car-buying scenario here, your primary motivators may be finding a car that costs under $20,000, has a four-cylinder engine, gets at least 30 miles to the gallon, has leather interior, is available in blue and has a sunroof. If you put those motivators in rank order, your list might look something like this:
You'll notice that the number one, or most important, motivator in this case is cost, while the last, or least important, motivator is color. The more important the motivator, the less likely you'll be willing to settle for something different or to live without it altogether.
Your Needs (Motivators)
If you find that all your motivators can be met by enlisting, that's great; but even if only some of your motivators can be met, you may still want to consider it. Seldom does a product meet all our needs and wants, and you may be able to make satisfactory compromises and still be happy with the outcome.
What is Really Important to YOU!
Let's further assume that the local factory offers its employees tuition assistance for college similar to that offered by the military. It also has an on-the-job technical training program and a great track record when it comes to keeping employees. However, since this is a local company, your opportunity for travel will be nonexistent.
You may need to
modify your approach to your motivator list depending on the alternative.
For instance, job security really does not apply when you are talking
about attending college as an alternative. You might, however, consider
things like the job security of people in occupations related to your
intended major or even the graduation rate of the college you are thinking
Can YOU Live With? What Can YOU Live Without?
The same applies to enlisting in the military: There may be certain things about military service that would conflict with your desires. For instance, if you wanted to stay in the local area, you would probably not want to enlist for Active Duty, although you might want to consider enlisting in the Reserve or Guard.
It All Together
Whatever your decision, it should be made based primarily on the facts, with very little emotion as part of the equation. That said, I must also say that although I am "preaching" about keeping emotion out of the decision process, there may be times when emotion may be the one thing that will sway your decision. In fact, emotion may actually be your primary motivator.
As A Primary Motivator
Your Head for More Than a Hat Rack!
The emotional reasons people have for enlisting in the military are many and aren't necessarily bad. However, as a word of caution, be very careful of making any "buying" decision based on emotion alone.
"Excerpt from the book Guide to Joining the Military, by Scott Ostrow (ARCO Press, 2001) used by permission. (Available for sale online and in book stores)"
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