Why I wear the uniform

Airman First Class Erin Eads, 50th Security Force Squadron. (Courtesty Photo)

Airman First Class Erin Eads, 50th Security Force Squadron. (Courtesty Photo)


Nick Vujicic once said “The greatest rewards come when you give of yourself. It’s about bettering the lives of others, being part of something bigger than yourself, and making a positive difference.” When I first signed my name on the dotted line, the reasons as to why I wanted to be a part of the military were the same as anyone else. I wanted the chance to finish my education without adding on more student debt. I wanted to travel and see parts of the world that I know I wouldn’t go exploring on my own. I wanted to start a meaningful career and leave behind the jobs that weren’t taking me anywhere in life. Those reasons were enough motivation to carry me halfway through BMT but approaching graduation, I realized that signing my name on the dotted line was a commitment that was greater than I anticipated.

A commitment that sparked a fire in me that I didn’t know I had, I quickly become passionate about representing the decision I made. Suddenly, I noticed that being a part of the military was bigger than the reasons I came in for. It was bigger than me. I had a duty --- to defend my nation in its toughest times, in its simple times, and in its most devastating times. I could no longer be the selfish person that I was before because now the lives of hundreds and hundreds of others was on my hands and that’s something I had to pay attention to. Something I wanted to pay attention to. I knew from that day forward that the outlook I had before had to change and the feeling it brought me came easier than I guessed.

When I started technical school for Security Forces, the new feeling I had developed only seemed to intensify. I was having to prove myself, prove the ability I had to learn my job, prove the ability to maintain the military barring that was embedded into my mind the last two months, prove the ability that I was strong enough to become a cop within the military and to protect, defend, and fight against those who dared to cause harm on the nation. I wear the uniform to show that I am stronger than I ever thought I could be, that I am capable of achieving anything I set my mind to, to show that I am ready to take on any challenges that come my way, to show that I am prepared to defend those who can’t defend themselves, and that I’m proud to be a part of something that ultimately shaped me into the person that I am today.