Lesson 21: Keep all your hopes and dreams to yourself

It is important to keep all your hopes and dreams alive for as long as possible.  Most things in life that are worthwhile take a lot of patience, hard work, and time.  It is easy, when denied a dream, to let that dream die, or adopt a new, lesser dream, for the sake of easier …

Lesson 19: If you’re going to use public showers, wear shower shoes

I am not saying this specifically for your benefit, although you are the one who has the most to gain from this practice.  Have you ever looked at the floor of a public bathroom?  Disgusting right?  Now take that mixture of all the nastiness coming from people’s lower half and add all the nastiness from …

Lesson 18: Those before you had it rougher, those after you have it easier

Time goes on.  As we evolve, some things get easier, some things get more difficult, and the only thing that stays the same is that change is inevitable.  Young people tend to think they know everything, old people know that they know barely anything, and no matter how many answers you find, there always seems …

Lesson 13: Superior rank does not indicate superior intellect

I have met people with their Doctoral Degree who have been morons.  I have met college dropouts that are among the smartest people I know.  The military is no exception to this.  I have met high ranking officers that I wouldn’t choose to follow across the street, and I have met low ranking enlisted members …

Lesson 12: Respect is earned by enlisted, expected by commissioned

Deciding that you want to join any branch of the armed forces is a big decision.  People do it for a host of different reasons.  Raising your right hand and swearing the oath are only the first step.  Words are valuable, but it is our actions that determine that value.  It doesn’t take any courage …