Name: Justin Sheets
Branch: United States Marine Corps
Age Joined: 27
Rank: I was a contract PFC (private first class) when I joined.
Years Served: Currently Serving
What made you want to serve our country?
I always have had a drive to help other people. I felt that the military was a great way to make me feel like I was making a difference. I wanted to challenge myself and work beside the men and women who I have the ultimate respect for.
What advice would you give someone looking to go into the military?
My advice to someone thinking about the military would be just to make sure of your decision and stay positive throughout. It’s a big sacrifice and there will be ups and downs but you have to stay positive and you will be fine.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.” -Ronald Reagan
Did you make any close friendships while in the service? Did you continue any of those relationships?
I have made great friendships here in the service. We are all brothers and sisters and I plan on keeping those relationships after my service is over.
What was the best and worst ‘military’ food you were served, and why?
The best food I had was steak for the Marine Corps birthday. The worst I had was during boot camp. It was some kind of meat but I had no clue what kind. But you don’t pass it up either way.
Tell me a funny story you experienced that could only happen in the military.
A funny story I remember was when we were doing a training exercise and we were all hot and tired and miserable. But we all started imitating our instructor and we all were having a good time cause we were all going through the same thing together. The instructors eventually got in on it and wanted to hear the best impressions we had of them. Through all the rough times you go through it together and you have to make the best of it. That is a story that sticks out for me.
How does your military experience affect your life today?
I am currently still serving but the military has definitely changed how I am and will have an affect on my life. I hold my head up higher and truly know the importance of being there for a fellow Marine or anyone at all that may need a helping hand.
Were you awarded any medals or citations?
So far I have received a letter of appreciation from the commanding officer at Marine Combat Training Battalion School of Infantry-East at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina for supporting in the recovery operations following Hurricane Florence.
Where did you travel while in the service?
So far after my training areas of Parris island SC, Camp Lejeune NC, and Camp Pendleton CA, I am currently stationed in Kaneohe Bay Hawaii.
Why did you pick the service branch you joined?
I chose the Marine Corps because I have always looked up to them as an elite group and I wanted the challenge of earning the title of
United States Marine.
Do you recall your first days in service?
Some of the first memories were obviously stepping off the bus at boot camp at Parris Island SC. It was a wake up call of transforming from the civilian life and earning the title. Was a transformation I will never forget where I learned the beginning steps of how to conduct yourself as a Marine and begin the basics of leadership.