We all know it is hard to be a special operator forever. The toll the job takes on an individual, let alone a family, can be high. Lots of guys—and it is still mainly guys— do four to six years of service, maybe more, then move on to do other things. Former SEALs, Green Berets, PJs, Rangers, CCTs, MARSOC Marines, and the rest have moved into all kinds of other career fields after their time spent as America’s finest warriors. Simply put, it is hard to shoot, move, and communicate forever, especially when you are trying to start and successfully maintain a family, and be there to watch your offspring grow. Unending deployments and breakneck operational cycles can only be offset for so long by more money and adrenaline.
What, then, is one to do after leaving the service, to maintain a lifestyle that has at least some excitement to it, and that also allows for consistent involvement in family life and child-rearing? Rest easy, friends, for I have the solution. Luckily, there is a job out there that allows you to face an enemy, rush headlong into fire (literally), and feel like you are making a difference to the world: firefighting.
Here are the top five reasons to consider fighting fires when you are finished fighting America’s foes.
1. Adrenaline. If you are worried that you are not cut out for the tedium of a desk job, and you have yet to find a way to make money shooting, running, swimming, or hanging out with your buddies, then firefighting is for you. The adrenaline rush of heading to a working structure fire is hard to match, as you race the clock to gear up, simultaneously going through your mental checklist of on-scene actions for when you arrive in order to stay alive and get your job done. Going from zero to 50 miles-an-hour (literally) at two o’clock in the morning in a screaming firetruck is hard to beat, and highly addictive. I guarantee you will dig it.