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.

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