My cousin joined the marine corps almost three years ago. At the time, we all thought it was one of the best decisions she could have made. She finally made it out of the rut we were all stuck in. She went on to bigger and better things. Or so we thought.
I recently decided to visit her in North Carolina, where she was relocated. Shortly after my arrival, I started to realize just how shitty the military was. And not just to her (although they are pretty mean to her). They treat everyone like shit. It’s ridiculous.
In just the short amount of time that I’ve spent here in Jacksonville, North Carolina, I’ve met dozens of people that are in the military, along with my cousin. This city is a haven for Marines. And the irony of it all is that every single one of them says the same thing. The Military sucks.
If you’re thinking about joining the Military, here’s why you shouldn’t:
They love hazing.
One of the people I met was a Sergeant in the Military who pretty much admitted to hazing people who don’t listen. If you’re unfamiliar with the term hazing, it means to be forced to perform often humiliating tasks as part of a program of rigorous physical training and initiation. How fucking professional is that?
She told me how she would deliberately pour trash out of the garbage and make people who were late clean it up. So you mean to tell me that this is where my tax money is going? Cool. Anyone who’s of high-ranking status can basically do and say whatever they want to you and you have no choice but to listen.
But wait… There’s more!
There's no such thing as discrimination.
My sweet baby cousin, and I really mean it she’s the sweetest, is constantly being discriminated against due to a medical condition beyond her control. They make her feel like garbage and tell her that her condition is not an excuse. A condition that I actually believe they help to enable, by the way.
I don’t know about you but out here in the real world, I would have sued you a long ass time ago for that shit. But that’s the thing about the Military. You sign a contract that states they can do all of this to you and you can’t do anything about it.
Another thing that literally blows my mind is that these people have to stay on duty for days at a time. Like where the hell is your consideration for their personal lives? There is none. And you have to do everything at the drop of a hat. You’re basically on call 24/7, even if you’re not on call.
Let's see, if your hairs too long you get in trouble. If you wear your uniform out of the office you get in trouble. If you live on base and don't wear protection while cutting the grass you get in trouble. The list is endless. And ridiculous if I do say so myself.
There's just so many rules that out here in the real world wouldn't even fly. I know that personally, I wouldn't last a single day in the Military if this is the way I was treated. And I also don't think it's fair that the U.S. Military thinks that it's ok to treat our Marines this way. Because it most certainly is not.
The point is that the Military isn't all it's cracked up to be. If you're thinking about joining, I hope that this article makes you think twice. Or three times just to be sure.
If you or someone you know has been treated unfairly by the United States Military help is available. Many times people feel too intimated to take action in fear they will be punished for it verbally as well as physically. But if no one speaks out, nothing will ever change.
Nothing will ever get better. And our future generations will continue to suffer greatly. We have to be the ones to stop this, to make a change in the way our Military treats their employees.