my name is Sandeep Navinchandra Patel and this is a short story of my military
was the year of 2010 when I started having the urge to join the military for
real. Since I was little I have always
admired soldiers, deep down I always knew I wanted to join the military whether
I was going to end up in India or the United States of America. My parents were of course a little worried
when I decided to join the military however I knew they would come around
eventually which they did. My father,
when he was young wanted to join the Indian Navy however his parents didn’t let
him. So I kind of feel like I fulfilled
his dream by joining the military.
at the start of 2010 I started looking into the process of how to join the
military. At the time I had not thought
of a specific military branch. A
recruiter at the community college I was going at the time helped me make the
decision. The recruiter was from the
United States National Guards and he convinced me. However, I ended up joining the United States
Army Reserves. On March 10th,
2010 I sign a contract stating I will protect the United States from all the
foreign and domestic enemies at all cost, and this contract was for 8 years.
had come to the United States with my family in April 2007, not being able to
understand or speak English so fluently.
And in June, 2010 I was taking orders from drill sergeants yelling in my
face. Not being able to understand the
foreign (at the time) language so fluently had I worried the most during Basic
Combat Training (BCT). After completing
the BCT I was headed to Advance Individual Training (AIT). I had chosen to be a mechanic (MOS 91B) in
the United States Army Reserves. Despite
the hurdle of not being fluent at English I had completed both BCT and AIT with
flying colors. The military also assisted
me financially while I completed my Bachelors of Science in Mechanical
Engineering from Drexel University.
Throughout my 8 year career
in the military all I really wanted was to get deployed overseas but
unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to do so. In despite of that my journey from Private
Patel to Sergeant Patel in the United States Army Reserves was a priceless
experience. I am very grateful to have
met so many wonderful people and to have learned so many things I would have
not learned otherwise. This journey will
always be in life’s highlights.