Why do people join the army / air force / police when they know they can die?

@pitstop (5628)
India
February 20, 2008 12:06pm CST
I've always been fascinated by people who join up with the army / navy / airforce / police etc when they know that their line of work actually endangers their lives itself! What is it that motivates them to join? How do they feel about it? Are there any of you from the army / navy / airforce / police etc here at MyLot. I'd love to hear all your opinions and views on this. Cheers!
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13 responses
21 Feb 08
Hy! My dad is in the air force, and i must say that yeah, it is a dangerous job. But from his achievements, I am very proud of him. Probably one motivation of joining the military is -- the salary. not only is it sufficient, the benefits are pouring as well. And even if you retire, you will receive a pension. so the family benefits a lot. imagine, free housing, service car, gas, medical care, dental care, and education allowance. the job is rewarding because you get to be a hero serving the country and fellowmen. at the same time, you will be fulfilling the duties of being a provider for the family because of the fair wage.
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@pitstop (5628)
• India
21 Feb 08
Kudos to your dad. Is the salary and remunerations good in ALL the countries? Some military people live a terribly meagre life after they retire in some countries
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
20 Feb 08
I can not answer for everyone,there are many reasons for one to join the forces,some claim to join for the schooling they get,some figure it is an easy job for pretty good pay,(hah),but I would say,the majority join knowing they might go to war to save the type of country we have,I personnaly joined to fight communism in Viet Nam,I knew what I was getting into and was prepared for it by training very hard,with this training,I am still here and in one peice,but unfortunatly,I cannot say that for many of my friends that went with me.
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@pitstop (5628)
• India
21 Feb 08
Hats off to you! I appreciate your experiences!
@bbsr13 (4198)
• India
20 Feb 08
Hello,pitstop!people know some day they would die,so there is nothing to fear.rather accept it gladly as a gift of god.serving as a police man or army man is some thing special in ones life because thereby you do some thing good for the society and die for the good of the nation.unfortunately i do not have any of my relations working in this line.thank you.
@pitstop (5628)
• India
21 Feb 08
Thanks for your insight. I appreciate your thoughts
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
Because it is their dedication to your country . Even they know that their life is at risk they are willing to offer their souls just to fight for what is right or the pride of the country. I myself wants to be a military my mom use to cry because we are arguing about the course in college that I want to be in military school. Why, woman like us can fight right??
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@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
20 Feb 08
People who join these services don't think they're going to die. Every soldier who goes into battle thinks he's going to live and jokes about dying. They also think about security. All servicemen and women get lodging and food and other benefits. Its a better deal than staying out there and fighting to keep a job and make money. Thats how it is with them.
@AVFC91 (24)
2 Mar 08
Well many people join because it is a job, and pretty good money with the benefits too. I've considered joining the army, but decided against it. Although I don't think I even thought about the danger of dying when I watch thinking about it. As it is, not many people die in the army. Some people like military life and the fact that they are serving and protecting their country.
@urbandekay (18312)
29 Feb 08
Wars go on till men refuse to fight. all the best urban
• Kottayam, India
24 Feb 08
if they do not go you have to go ?
• Nepal
21 Feb 08
I think there are many reason first good employment opportunity than for the nation and society.All the people knows that life is not certain, they feels life is a challenge so they take it easy.
@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
21 Feb 08
I'm not any in of the above, I'm a wildland firefighter, however, my son-in-law is in the army, my s/o is in law enforcement. For them and for a lot it's the feeling that maybe they can make a difference in this crazy world, if it's defending our great country, helping someone out of a bad situation, taking one more killer, drunk, etc off the roads, it's the fact that no matter how small the act may be, they are doing their part to make a difference and make this country a safer place to be.
• Malaysia
21 Feb 08
hmm I'm not sure. If it was me, I wouldn’t want to because I'd fear that I'd get killed or something. I guess those people wants to help out and serve / contribute to the society and to their country. We should be thankful for them hehe!
@nilouette (635)
• Philippines
21 Feb 08
I'm not in the army but I guess they have childhood dreams that they always wanted to be in the army, or some circumstances where they joined like their family members were enlisted too, or the benefits and compensations from the government...
@kbourgerie (8774)
• United States
21 Feb 08
My father joined the Air Force, basically because he had to. It was either that or go to jail for being an unruly teenager. I have to give him credit though. He stayed in for 27 years and never once complained about being a member of the Armed Forces. Personally I'm grateful also because I grew up in that enviroment and my life was completely enriched by it. As someone else commented I don't think anyone goes into the service thinking they are going to die although I'm sure its a realization that they all have to consider at one time or another. My father didn't die in the military, but he saw his fair share of war and he was never able to talk about it. My hat goes off to every single person in our military. God bless them all.