Becoming a carepartner is similar to enlisting in the military. Both are a call to duty and neither enlistee has any idea what will be required of them. However, there are some striking differences as well. One clear difference is that before enlisting in military service, a person usually takes time to weigh the pros and cons. The decision to enlist as a care partner or caregiver is often done with little time for thought. There is no defined term. You are not assigned to your position based on a specialty, there is no plan in place to move up in rank, and usually, this duty comes with no financial or medical benefits.