I didn't have to have an interest in the military.
I came home one day and announced that I'd quit high school; my dad threw my in the car and dumped me at the Recruiters, saying "make your own way home." Five weeks later I was in Cornwallis (recruiting timelines were apparently magical back then )
Yes, he was, but it still meant that my grandfather at 17 had to read the telegram about his going missing to his mother. He cited that telegram as the reason he eventually became a pacifist (and the reason why he went to enlist).
The funny thing is, essentially the only reason why he got caught is that the recruiting station he went to.... was manned by the principal of his high school.
I've always been interested in military history, video games, novels, all that jazz, and I've always had an inkling that I would be interested in joining the military, but in my school years I was completely out of shape. In the last year I have shed a bunch of weight and with me not being sure what I want to do with my life, the military seems like a good option now. Serve my country and find out where I want to go in life and all that jazz.
I too, was always in awe of the military life, going way back to when I was playing FPS-multiplayer games like CoD, Starwars Battlefront and Killzone on the PS2 at my relatives house, when I was a wittle lad. This shifted over to games on the computer like Combat Arms, Red Crucible, ARMA, Arctic Combat, etc. After high-school, the most recent games I recall playing is World of Tanks and War Thunder.
But all that virtual fun aside, I wanted to pursue a career in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) that would help me develop as a person, and to learn as much as I can from my future instructors, and my colleagues throughout my career in the CAF. I am blessed to be born and raised in such a peaceful nation as Canada and want to give back by serving this country as a sailor. The salary, benefits and pension also is a plus beside the experience and learning. It will help support buying a house, a future family when/if I plan to marry and have kids, and finance their education ... the generic happily ever after story I guess.
I was also told that I am the first member of my family, enlisting in the military. I hope to make my family proud with this career. I was born and raised in Toronto with a younger sister. My parents and majority of my family are from Vietnam.
My future plans in the CAF is to serve the full 25+ years in the Navy, and hopefully reach RAdm rank before I retire. Idk how realistic that goal will be, but ik I will have to work my arse off to earn it!