I was in the US Navy for 4 years from 1989 - 1993. I was an AT (Avionics Technician) stationed on the USS Nimitz. I did 2 tours in the persian gulf, 1 during the first gulf war.
I went in because I was no where ready for college. The 4 years helped me mature and made me better prepared to start school when I got out. I also thought it was my civic duty as a US citizen to serve this country.