Over the past year, i have been debating whether or not to join the military. The primary benefit is money + college. Other reasons for me to join is to get in shape and lose weight, and to feel more valuable, both valuing myself and valued by society. The main reason i have not joined is lack of privacy and being around groups of people. My brother is in the Army and served in Afghanistan last year. He came back with a lot of money and is enrolled in college which the Army is paying for. He is in shape, and doing great. I currently have nothing me holding me down. No wife or girlfriend, no kids, no friends. No bills aside from car insurance and cell phone. To Join: Im currently a truck driver. Although i do not hate my job, i dont want this to be my carrier. I dont want to spend all my hard earned money to pay for college. As long as the Army would aid me in paying for college, i would definitely consider it. I want to go to college for computer science. Either game development or electronics engineering. Another reason to join is forced exercise. Since i started truck driving over 2 years ago, i have gained approximately 50 pounds. The only exercise i get is turning the steering wheel and cranking the landing gear on the trailer. I want to be able to run for miles. I can hardly run 500 feet right now. My last main reason to join is to feel more valuable. Right now i am just a truck driver. A lot of people hate trucks and truck drivers, and we are viewed as being fat, lazy, and stupid. I am overweight but certainly not "fat". I dont consider myself lazy, but i lack motivation for sure. And i am far from stupid. I want to feel good about myself, and do something more with my life. Not to Join: The reasons i have not joined yet are mostly privacy issues. I dont want to sleep with a bunch of people, and certainly dont want to shower with them. Sharing a room is perfectly fine. But being naked with other people will bother me greatly. The other reason i dont want to join is social anxiety. I get nervous when im in or near a group of people, especially if they are watching me do something. For example, two people are chosen to demonstrate a hand-to-hand combat move in front of everyone else. I hate this. Of course an obvious reason would be fear of failure. If i couldnt handle the training (which im sure i can) then it would be embarrassing, and i would feel shameful and weak. The end I would like to know if any of you have served in the military. Especially the Army, since thats what i would be joining. What is it like? Based one what ive mentioned above, would i hate it? Is there any privacy during sleep or hygiene management/showering? Whats the group-size that i would have to perform anything physical in front of? What will i have to do as a final test to pass army training? I appreciate any replies, including your experiences!