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    Default INFJ and the Military

    I am just curious I have taken the MB test several times and it always ends up telling me that I am an INFJ/P and recommends that I pursue Psych or counseling etc. but I am finding myself very attracted to the military.

    I am attracted to the discipline and strength of soldiers, and I feel that THE GOOD ONES who fight for true freedom are affecting the world in a way that a counselor simply couldn't.

    While the wars that we fight today are VERY controversial, I have done the research (I have a BA in history) and I feel that our efforts in places like Afghanistan, N. Korea etc. are truly humanitarian at their core and without the military's protection, aid could never be brought to these broken nations. While civilian casualties, the horror that is post-war Iraq, etc. make it hard to appreciate the military, I feel that (GOOD) soldiers are really making a difference without getting much support for their sacrifices.

    Can any other INFJ's see where I am coming from or provide some advice? I know our type tends to idealize things, but the idea of being an officer and really getting to know and lead my men while working towards ridding the world of cruel, manipulative regimes really appeals to me in a way that sitting behind a desk and counseling addicts or people with depression does not. Thanks!

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    I'm not INFJ, but "ideal" doesn't necessarily mean you're Jesus. I don't think everyone's path is going to take them towards the ultimate expression of harmony (uh.. not even Jesus was that way, for the record). Ideal would generally mean that you expand your ethical views beyond some personal or communal interest (I suppose). Even that is probably is simplifying it. Either way, I don't think it's out of line that an INFJ joined the military. Rampant patroitism.. probably not compatible with the mindset. Even then however, there's probably a weird INFJ like that too.

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    They don't give a damn what you feel in the military.. just bear that in mind. Oh.. they don't give a damn what you think either.
    You will not be able to offer "just one more perspective".

    I can't see an INFJ thriving such an environment.. But that's just me.

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    I have thought of joining the army before.

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    I believe anyone can find a way to thrive in any environment, even an uncomfortable one.

    That said - I've been down the path of the military before. I bought into the notion of being a patriot, serving my country, and I was even pretty okay with the idea of sacrificing myself if it meant protecting the ideas of "freedom" and "liberty." When it really came time to sell myself into it or walk away, I had to walk away. Being regarded as just a nine-digit number and a bar code set off alarm bells, and I felt like I had to sell myself and be something different in order to walk down that path. I couldn't let myself be part of something so cold. That aspect of it was terrible, but meeting different people - dozens of amazing people with amazing stories that I was able to interact with and become friends with was an incredible experience, and it really opened my eyes and killed the sense of cynicism I had had towards people up to that point. If you can look past the colossal, cold machine and focus on the interactions with people around you, I think an INFJ (or anyone!) could do really well in that environment.
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    So have I considered joining.. But they don't appreciate free thinking individuals. What they want are people who blindly follow orders to kill. Killing doesn't seem to be an NFJ type of activity.. maybe I am wrong.
    Even if you never see combat .. It's a world ruled by Te..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arclight View Post
    It's a world ruled by Te..
    This is very true. I don't dislike Te actually, but I do on a systematic, rigid... plodding.. unchangeable scale. As for the killing people comment, I think a great majority of military life isn't like that. I'm only coming from the perspective of an "air force brat" though (marines are an entirely different beast). From what I can tell, the average Air Force job is personnel/adminstrative atmospheres and getting to meet/see different sides of life like Virulence mentioned.

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    I'm from Singapore. The military works differently over here.

    The military is more focused on aid instead of sending troops over for war. However, I believe I can kill if it is necessary. It might not necessarily be an easy thing for me to do and I might be traumatised for having taken away a soul who also fights to defend his country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgmINFP/J View Post
    Can any other INFJ's see where I am coming from or provide some advice? I know our type tends to idealize things, but the idea of being an officer and really getting to know and lead my men while working towards ridding the world of cruel, manipulative regimes really appeals to me in a way that sitting behind a desk and counseling addicts or people with depression does not. Thanks!
    Hey Bgm. I'm INFJ and interestingly I too have considered joining the defense forces, although not with hopes for becoming a soldier. I'm an Australian and also a Med hopeful. Over here, the DF offer sponsorship (very generous, too) to med students, engineers etc. during their studies in return for service after they graduate. While not having to worry about money too much during full-time study is certainly a motivator, I also find the prospect of using my degree to carry out aid work very attractive (prior to this I was researching MSF for similar opportunities). Before you serve, you also receive officer training as a part of the deal - another interesting opportunity and pull factor, for sure.

    However I disagreed with what you said in the paragraph that I've quoted.. I personally would find counseling the more fulfilling vocation. I'm repelled by violence and fighting for an outcome on such a grand scale (such as the "ridding the world of cruel, manipulative regimes" that you mentioned) would be too much of a detached (from the overall objective, I mean) and drawn out process for me. I think I would constantly question my own personal contribution, its significance and how much good and peace I was creating on a smaller scale. On the other hand, I feel that in the counselling job, I would find the more immediate outcomes through working with someone one-to-one far more rewarding.

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    I have only ever thought of pursuing the military path of life for the fact that I would like to have a sniper rifle and the necessary training in the inevitable post-apocalyptic world.

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