Joining the military is a huge adjustment. Preparation for military life is all about over-preparation. Basic training is a meat grinder, intended to hammer recruits with military life in the extreme, so that if there are any issues they come up when life and limb are not on the line. Can you take orders? Can you shoulder a heavy pack and hike through a mountain range? How clean can you keep your bunk? These become yardsticks for measuring the feet needed to live in the military.
Of course, after years of living a certain way, coming back to civilian life can be challenging. There will be times when instincts lean toward harmless habits that are a must when in the military. Other times, it might be confusing for your friends and family. Life at work may, too, be affected, as your old habits show up, creating an environment more reminiscent of the barracks.
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