I regret joining the army. When I joined up in 1977 it was a different army than today's army. Pay was low, moral was bad, and the leadership confused. Everyone drank a lot. When I was in, the army was like a factory that produced alcoholics. Before I went in I had been accepted at Washington University at St. Louis, a very good school. My parents were ready to pay my whole way. What I regret most about it was the disruption of my intellectual development because I joined the army. When I was eighteen I was ready to blossom intellectually. Instead, I joined the army and spent four years drinking myself silly every night. When I think about where I would be intellectually if I hadn't joined the army in 1977 I ache with remorse.
On the other hand - I've always had ample time to further my intellectual development on my own, which I have done, at least to a small extent. Also, I would have become an alcoholic even if I hadn't joined the army. I got to see Germany. What a beautiful country! I also would have become sz even if I hadn't joined the army. And I did have some good experiences in the army. I did my four years and got out with an honorable discharge, but just barely. In 1980 I voted for Ronald Reagan solely for his defense policy. The army got better when he was in office. When I was in we didn't have a strong faith in ourselves as an effective fighting force. We didn't think we could beat Russia. They had 45,000 tanks, and we had 7,000, and our tanks were not better than theirs. They outnumbered us many times in every catagory of weaponry.
Today I sometimes regret joining the army, but then I think that my life today has rewards that it wouldn't have if I didn't join the army, so I say, "what the heck".