Men's Health (USA)
PFC Clayton Moak
Crosby, Texas Infantryman
Most people where I’m from in Texas go off to work at the oil plants. But I wanted to go out and do more.
I enlisted without telling my parents. Then I said one day, “Hey, I’m leaving for basic in July.” My dad said, “Hey, if you want to do this and start your life, that’s great.”
I didn’t expect to deploy so soon. I knew it could happen at any point. But still, it was a little nerve-racking. The biggest challenges are the mental ones, like being ready to leave the country.
I would love to stay in the military, but I’m still not sure. You can do a lot of traveling, but I want to travel on my own. I think it could benefit me more on my own.