"For me, it was a true learning experience."
My name is Jeffrey Cross and I was a boarder technician in the U.S Navy from 1980-1984. I was motivated to serve by my desire to travel the world and learn trade. Before me, my dad and brother had also served, which played a role in my decision. Prior to my service, I was a high school student.
Adapting to military life was not a problem for me personally. It was, however, tough and rigorous, as I was regimented and in charge of my boot camp company. I was home ported on Aircraft Carrier Coral C. I was a boarder technician, and my role was identical to that of an engineer; I did maintenance on the ship. During this process, lifelong friendships were made.
I grew up during my service. I used my experience to find work and get on with life. For me, it was a true learning experience. You can do anything if you put your mind to it, but make sure to surround yourself with positive people. You can achieve your goals.
I feel as though war is the failure of communication among people. We force issues and do not let them arise by forcefully suppressing them.
When I look back at my service, I remember all the happy moments. There was lots of sightseeing; we traveled all over Asia, and throughout Europe as well. I feel as though every high schooler should serve 2 years, it is an eye-opening experience.