Proud to Serve: An Experience in the U.S. Military Narrative Essay by Nicky

Proud to Serve: An Experience in the U.S. Military
An American soldier relates why she is proud to have served in the United States Armed Forces.
# 149405 | 1,107 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 13, 2011 in Military (General)

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The writer asserts that serving in the military has fostered within her the qualities she likes best about herself and has provided her with a diverse family that exposes her to many different peoples and cultures. The writer presents the belief that the ability to enlist in the United States Armed Forces is an integral component of any individual's optimal and complete sense of fulfillment that offers the opportunity to demonstrate honor, commitment and devotion to the entire nation. The writer discusses the split-second decisions soldiers are forced to make and describes how her husband experienced a moral quandary firsthand.

From the Paper:

"The army is a diverse family that exposes an individual to many different peoples and cultures. Growing up a typical 'military brat,' I experienced this firsthand. As a tiny child, I did not always like this--all too often, I had to leave friends behind, and fight to make new ones. This made me a stronger person and also gave me greater understanding of the diversity of world--I could not pretend that my own way of seeing things was the only way. My family also gave me a core sense of values that lived within me, no matter where we were. I came to see that so long as I stayed true to myself, I was home: "every where could be home to some extent" although it was "not home to some degree" (Iyer 259).
"The military does not simply 'take' from those who serve: it also gives back a great deal to the men and women who wear its uniform. My father was the first member of his family ever to attend college. The military made it financially possible to do so, and not only did he get his BA (an undreamed-of accomplishment when he was a child); he went on to get his MA and PhD."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Frost, R. (2009). The death of the hired man. In G. Perkins, & B. Perkins (Eds.), The American Tradition in Literature (12 ed., Vol. 2, pp. 888-891). New York City: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
  • Iyer, P. (2000). The empire. In The global soul: Jet lag, shopping malls, and the search for home. (pp. 234-265). New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
  • Martinez, R. (2007). The crossing. In C. Colombo, R. Cullen, & B. Lisle (Eds.), Rereading America: Cultural contexts for critical thinking and writing (7 ed., pp. 574-583). Boston: Bedford/St. Martins.

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