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5 Reasons Why it Sucks to Join the Military from a Military Family

Pvts. Haley and Ashley Cook (front row); Pfc. Nicolette Bailey and her brother Pvt. James Dongarra; and Pvts. Andrew and Jacob Strength pose for pictures at the 16th Ordnance Battalion headquarters Nov. 16. The Soldiers -- the females are assigned to Alpha Company and the males to Charlie -- are all undergoing training in the Wheel Vehicle Mechanic Course at the Ordnance School. (U.S. Army/Terrance Bell)
Pvts. Haley and Ashley Cook (front row); Pfc. Nicolette Bailey and her brother Pvt. James Dongarra; and Pvts. Andrew and Jacob Strength pose for pictures at the 16th Ordnance Battalion headquarters Nov. 16. The Soldiers -- the females are assigned to Alpha Company and the males to Charlie -- are all undergoing training in the Wheel Vehicle Mechanic Course at the Ordnance School. (U.S. Army/Terrance Bell)

Families that are made of generations of proud military service members are one of the reasons why this country is so great.

Many troops join the service because their father, cousin, or even grandpa had served before them — which is badass. Now that the youngest generation is old enough, they want to carry on the family tradition of service.

It feels honorable — as it should — but coming from a large military family can have plenty of downsides, too.

Navy Lt. Cdr. Anthony Scott stands with his twin brother Master Sgt. Antone Scott, 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron, after administering the oath of enlistment to him June 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force/Samuel King Jr.)
Navy Lt. Cdr. Anthony Scott stands with his twin brother Master Sgt. Antone Scott, 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron, after administering the oath of enlistment to him June 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force/Samuel King Jr.)

1. Branch rivalry

When you join the military, it becomes immediately clear how much competition goes on between branches. The Army and the Marines are constantly talking trash about who has won the most battles. The Navy and the Air Force will constantly debate over who has the better fighter pilots. The list goes on.

Now, imagine what Thanksgiving dinner will be like after two new, motivated service members from different branches have a few drinks -- honestly, it sounds like the perfect setting for reality TV.

2. The grunt-POG divide

Grunts and POGs typically don't get along. However, when two siblings are from the different occupations, they'll put a ceasefire on any shit talking... for a while. The subject will arise in conversation eventually.

Senior airmen Kamuela and Kimo Kalilikane are identical twins assigned to the 91st Missile Maintenance Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Kameula is a team chief assigned to the Facilities Maintenance section and Kimo is assigned to the Hardened Intersite Cable Systems section. (U.S. Air Force/Brittany Y. Auld)

3. Bragging rights

The military is full of braggers. Although we might not openly say what we've done throughout our career, our "chest candy," or ribbon rack, tells the story. Many siblings, however, will admit to their brothers or sisters what they've done to earn those ribbons.

Others might keep their stores to themselves, but if you're family, you're going to tell those tales.

4. Higher standards

It's no secret that the military holds its troops to a higher standard in all things. Sure, some branches have more competitive rules than the others (Marines were looking at you), but when you run into your Army-infantry cousin, we guarantee that you two will conduct a quick inspection of one another before moving on with any conversation.

Cpls. Chandra House, left, and Chayna Blackwood, right, identical twins from Houston, Texas, pose for a photo, May 22, 2012. (U.S. Marine Corps/ Richard Blumenstein)
Cpls. Chandra House, left, and Chayna Blackwood, right, identical twins from Houston, Texas, pose for a photo, May 22, 2012. (U.S. Marine Corps/ Richard Blumenstein)

5. No sympathy

Time and time again, we hear stories from veterans about how hard life was during war. In modern day, troops' living conditions are like a five-star hotel when compared to our grandparents' experiences in the Vietnam or Korean Wars.

So, when you tell grandpa about how you don't have WiFi in certain spots of the barracks, don't expect him to give a sh*t.

 

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