Edition 5 - Danny Gisher

posted Apr 23, 2017, 7:12 PM by Sierra Stevens   [ updated May 17, 2017, 6:51 AM ]

By Sierra Stevens

His High School Experience:

Danny Gisher wasn’t exactly fond of high school. “I was a troublemaker. I didn’t try. It was just boring for me. The school was great. The teachers were great, it just wasn’t for me.” If Danny could go back, he says he would have definitely tried harder.

His Military Aspirations:

Despite his father being in the Army for 13 years, Danny didn’t consider going into the military until his senior year. “I wanted to go to college, but I didn’t have anyway to pay for it and I didn’t want to have to pay back $40,000 in loans. So I pretty much said, ya know, buckle up and go.” Danny decided to go into artillery in the Marines.

The Transition from High School to the Military:

The military and high school are two different worlds according to Danny. “Throughout high school, if you get in trouble, you get detention or something. In the military, you get in trouble, you lose rank, you lose pay, you might even get kicked out.” Life in the military makes you grow up very fast. “You need to get tough really quick. You need to be able to take a verbal lashing, and just man up. You can’t be a baby.”

Advice For Those Considering the Military:

Danny’s biggest piece of advice would be to know what you’re getting into. Do your research on the branches, know which is the hardest, which earns the most money, and which is right for you. He also says the military is a great resource in paying for college. “If you’re willing to wait one to two years on college, it’s a fantastic idea. It’s free and you get paid to go. Books are free, everything is free.”

College When Choosing the Military:

Danny got a late start on college because of the military. “Until probably your first year and a half in the military, you can’t touch college. It’s impossible to do it.” After a year of being stationed in North Carolina, Danny started receiving tuition assistance. “I go to college completely free, they pay for books and everything, and then once you get out, you get something called the GI bill. I could go to Harvard or Yale, if I got accepted, and they would pay for it. It’s based off the tuition of the school, so if you go to Harvard or Yale, you could get a couple years there. But I’m online, so I could get up to my masters for free. So I go to college for free and they pay me to go.”

Danny’s Part in the Military Now:

Signing up with the Marines comes with an eight year contract. The first four years are active duty. After those four years, you have the option to reenlist which is what Danny did. However, after re-enlisting Danny learned that he would have to go to Japan without his wife for three years. He then denied his reenlistment and is now in his remaining four years on inactive duty. However, this isn’t guaranteed. “Say, if Trump wants to start World War III, I would get recalled. I would basically just go back in and do what I was doing without a choice, no matter what I’m doing now.” Knowing that he could be called back at any minute doesn’t make him nervous. Danny says, “The bad part would be losing what I have now. I’d have to lose my job, I’d have to stop going to college, and my wife would have to live by herself. The whole transition back to the military isn’t hard. It sticks with you for life”.

Where Danny Is Now:

Danny now works in a very factory oriented job making brick for nuclear plants and steel mills. He has a bachelor’s degree in science and property management, and is continuing his education online. He hopes for progression in his field because of his degree.