Once you’re in the military, you must get the most out of it. These eight suggestions will aid you in getting the most value from the military experience.

 

Pay Attention

Remember that you are just out of the basics and don’t know what you’re doing. If your supervisor in the first line advises you to take a step against the basics you learned, just nod thoughtfully and follow what they’ve told you to do. What you learned in elementary is fine and good; however, this is the truth, and everything is done differently. You should have all the necessary knowledge in your tool bag to survive in the army. 

 

Educate Yourself

The only way to get promoted is to convince your employer that you’re better than the other applicants. If you are able, learn at a college for civilians, and then join military correspondence classes if they are offered. Begin studying for your next exam to qualify. After passing E-4, you’ll need to convince the military that you’re worthy of staying.

 

Relax, but …

Remember that you’re part of the military now and not in the block. Except for the deterrent of a submarine armed with nukes and nuclear weapons, the military is simply an 8-to-5 work schedule, except that you can get in trouble when you’re late to work.

 

Keep Your Affairs in Order

The unit’s commanding officers are extremely unforgiving of people who make their commanders appear to be in poor standing. Keep out of debt, do not bounce checks at the Post Office, do not consume alcohol and drive, and don’t fight with the locals, etc.

 

Motivation and Excessive Flattery

There’s a delicate line between being driven and being a “yes man.” Do not overstep it. Being on time and doing it right will demonstrate that you’re a motivated person. Being the first sergeant around and assisting in every aspect handed down from the battalion can show that you’re a Sycophant (a polite word for butt-kisser) and doing everything to win popularity. Be assured that your chain of command will be able to tell what is a dependable actor and a worker.

 

The Rumor Mill

It is easy to realize that the military relies on reports. But, the truth is that rumors are generally false and can be disastrous for morale. If you hear of a rumor, take it at face value. You shouldn’t spread the rumor as you don’t have the truth. And whatever it is, do not let the rumors influence your thinking. Remember, rumors are 90% truth and 90 percent fiction.

 

Not Like Me

In the boot camp, there were no individual participants. It was mandatory to be part of a group or risk the consequences. Following boot camp, team cohesion isn’t automatic. You must work to achieve it. During boot camp, you’ve already learned that it is possible to be successful in working with people of different backgrounds and cultural backgrounds. Don’t ignore that. Do not be a lonesome person and avoid the urge to join in and make friends with people who are similar to you. Remember that you don’t need to be like everyone else (and you shouldn’t); however, you have to discover a way to collaborate with them (and them together).

 

No Excuses

Do not make excuses. Your NCO or commanding officer will not need to know your excuse unless they specifically request it. Any excuse you might give is considered an excuse.