Why Did I Join the Army? Independence.

Posted February 15, 2016 by Bobette Brown

Throughout the month of February, Got Your 6 will be celebrating veterans to commemorate Black History Month. We will share stories of what led them to serve in the military and how they’re still serving here at home.

If I had five bucks for every time someone asked me, “Why did you join the Army?” I would be a wealthy woman.   Honestly, my response can be summed up in one word. “Independence.”

After I graduated from high school, I went to a local college on an athletic scholarship and stayed on campus. I relished in the freedom of “being on my own!” Unfortunately, after my freshman year my financial aid decreased and my parents could not afford to pay my tuition. I did not have many options and the thought of returning home and abandoning my short-lived freedom was much more than I wanted to endure. With no money saved to live on my own and no job prospects, I decided it was time for me to join the U.S. Army.

Growing up in a military family was all I had known. My father is a highly decorated career officer, army ranger, jumpmaster trained, and Vietnam survivor. As my dad’s, namesake, it was the obvious choice for me. I went into a recruiting station, took the test, enlisted, and when the recruiter told me I could also experience airborne training school, I jumped at the offer, especially since it meant I would get a sign-on bonus. Then, I went home and told my parents what I had done.

I stayed in for five years, I was a part of the elite 82nd airborne division, and when I was discharged I had reached the rank of E-6 (SSG). I am absolutely glad I served. I enjoyed traveling, meeting phenomenal people, being exposed to new environments and cultural diversity.

The training and discipline was a welcomed challenge for me. The more I was pushed, the more I achieved, but I also longed for others to succeed. I believe that is one of the reasons my life is so rewarding today. As a speaker, certified coach, and author I still have the opportunity to help countless other people soar in their life and business.

Learn how Bobette is transforming obstacles into opportunities here.

A former 82nd Airborne Paratropper, Bobette took charge of her life when she left the U.S. Army. Bobette went on to help others regain their momentum and leverage their personal experiences. She is a Transformation Architect, speaker, certified life and relationship coach and a best selling author. Learn more.