Other than part time jobs while in high school my first job was with Uncle Sam.
I enlisted in the Army right out of high school. My first work experience was Basic Training which consisted of a lot of running, drill, and learning to use and maintain various weapons and equipment. Aside from learning specific skills such as marksmanship, the main emphasis was learning discipline, teamwork, and physical fitness. I made it through Basic Training and stayed with the Army and retired in 1992 with 20 years of service. The Army was often challenging but on the whole was a good experience. I am glad I stayed in.