I have given thought about the army for months. I have a large background in cooking, have the degree, and although I have a job I don't care for it much. I have felt futureless for far too long and the benefits of routine will come as a blessing to me. Every relative I've talked to that enlisted has come out more empowered, more self-reliant than before. I'm in okay physical condition, and although I'm sure I won't like bootcamp, that's a blip on the radar screen compared to the rest of it. My health will improve. A drill sargeant yelling at me doesn't not intimidate at all. This is to make me stronger in every way, and get out of his shithole I live. I'm tried for months to get another job---I've had offers with little money, however. This will (at least) give me the security I need and after a couple of years, I will decide whether or not I want to re-enlist. The economy is still shit despite the fact I have a job. I don't want to be a doomsayer, but I fear that it will be a long time before it recovers. Plus, after much investigation I think this will bring a positive change for me. My sister says that her survival instinct kicked in after being there, and she was a drug addict and penniless before she enlisted. She's transformed. I want that, too. I'm not the most patriotic person, but I'm still a fighter. I don't want to be too old, broken, and no job prospects or hope at the end of my existence. That would really make me do myself in. I'm longing for a new lease on life, and I think this is NEEDED, not just wanted. Out for now.