Alan Urazov, a 26-year-old US Army Staff Sergeant, is sharing his incredible army experience and explaining why young people are attracted by the opportunity to serve in the American military.
Today, serving in the US Army is highly paid, prestigious, and a great honor. Any American citizen can be inducted into the US Army, get a good education, and move up the career ladder. The US Army also gives equal opportunities to immigrants with permanent residency, who choose military service.
Alan, why did you choose to serve in the army? This is a voluntary matter in the USA, which means that you could choose any other way to fulfil your potential.
When I was in high school, I didn’t have a clear vision of who I wanted to become and what career to pursue. I made my choice in favor of the army after a conversation with our neighbor, a retired military colonel. He told me that he started to serve as a simple soldier at the age of 17 and rose to such a high rank. Also, the army gave him the opportunity to get a paid higher education. I realized that in this case, the choice between study and service is not worth it. And then I also wanted to test my strengths and capabilities, to test myself. The army, in this sense, could become that place for me.
Alan, tell us where to begin with if a young man decides to join the ranks of the American army?
You will need to pass the ASVAB entrance test, which includes sections from the school curriculum, and you will also need to pass logic questions. There are physical tests for certain jobs that prospects have to pass and a medical commission.
How are things with hazing in the American army? Should young people who want to serve in the US Army be afraid of this?
There is no hazing in the US Army. When a recruit enters the army, he is not singled out as an immigrant. He will also receive all the privileges like other recruits. In America, people are used to the fact that the country has a wide variety of ethnic groups, so everyone here is just a soldier who came to perform his duty and that’s it.
Alan, could you tell our readers about privileges that a soldier could receive in the military and what are the downsides of serving in the American military system?
As with any profession, there are always pros and cons. The main advantages, in my opinion, are guarantees of a job, a paid pension, and free medical insurance for the soldier and his family. In addition, we have the opportunity to get a free higher education and pursue after that in the career field.
There are not so many cons, in my opinion. One of them, for example, is that military personnel are often far from their families and their desire for a place of service is not always taken into account when decisions are made regarding deployment. Undoubtedly, the advantages that a soldier gets when he chooses his own path in joining the ranks of the American army clearly outweigh the disadvantages.
Alan, now your rank is Staff Sergeant, how do you see your future? Do you have any plans to continue your military career in the army? Is this your calling?
I have big plans for the future, and the army provides excellent opportunities for this. In the near future, my plans are to get an education while continuing my career growth.
Thanks to the army, I have free health insurance for my family and great job benefits. After 20 years of service, I can already retire with a paid pension and continue to work in a profession or open my own business.
Alan, there is a popular belief that soldiers serve 24/7. Can military service be equated with ordinary office jobs or is it different?
Of course there are situations where you need to work 24/7. Most of the time it happens when a soldier is performing his official duty. In general, the schedule of work in the army depends on the profession and type of activity of the employee. In terms of my schedule, I am currently a recruiter and my working day is from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm, five days a week. Yes, it can be compared to an office worker’s schedule. I also have 30 days of paid leave and sick leave. I help young people, who are interested in joining the army, to make their choice, as my neighbor once helped me. I strongly believe that every person should have a mentor in his life who would help him in choosing the right path in life. I will be happy to help all readers who are looking to build their careers in the US Army.
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