If you decide to enlist, it should be an intensely personal decision. A person can have a lot of different motivations for it. Once on active duty you typically have very little choice about the nature of your service other than choosing from a variety of jobs based on your assumed ability. I thank Thomas Young for his service, and I hope for a peaceful end to his bitterness and suffering.
"Knowing there is a world that will outlive you, there are people whose well-being depends on how you live your life, affects the way you live your life, whether or not you directly experience those effects.
You want to be the kind of person who has the larger view, who takes other people’s interests into account, who’s dedicated to the principles that you can justify; like justice, knowledge, truth, beauty and morality.