Acquaintances are those people to whom I have been introduced at some point, perhaps a meeting, seminar, volunteer function, or online event. We share something in common as the basis for starting our connection – membership in an association, attendance at the same university, a volunteer activity or the same soccer team for our kids. I view these connections as informational relationships which, over time, can move into another category, but many will never progress beyond this category.
the decision to join the military is one with pros and cons. However, a career in the service carries with it a unique set of responsibilities. While I still recommend a career in the military to young people, I do so with the caveat that each person should fully understand the unique nature of the military before they join.
The Crucible is the application of the 12 weeks of training, including trust building exercises and camaraderie over a 36 hour period. We were required to hike to an area with huts and a forest. The weather was extremely hot. While wearing our full gear, flak jacket, uniform and a rifle, we had to complete various tasks and missions where we had to rely on fellow Marines.