Let's be honest, what's more difficult - living as a civilian or as a member of the armed services?
I vote civilian.
I had to pass university with good grades - no *mandatory* study time such as enforced in the military - my own discipline got me through. No
screaming drill sergeants or course commander. Just me doing the leg work.
Staying in shape. Again, no sergeants threatening my weakness, no looming threat of war where I have to hump 30 miles (is it 1930?), no group behavior
to push the weakest members forward, no trophies, awards, plaques, for keeping yourself fit. It's just you, and you own disciple as a civilian. Want
to be fit and smart - do it yourself.
Defending what's yours. No built-in army, psychological die-for-your-brothers stuff, no nothing. You learn the trade, you network in your neighborhood
for mutual defense, and you defend - as a civilian - without gung-ho BS.
The university degree - it needs to be paid back. As a civilian in hotly competitive employment market - you *must* be damn good at your job. Navy
SEAL to lowly clerk - the military pays just for 'signing your life away.' It's easier to fight the bad guys than it is to hold down a well paying
job, become upwardly mobile, and make something of yourself as a civilian. The military has cowboys (and the wannabes), civilians have no heroism
bestowed upon them for making a good living or sometimes just showing up- instead, they just do their job hoping not to lose it. You'd have to be a
real piece of work to lose your military job.
I can go on. But frankly, watching the politicians celebrating the achievements of the military they kill and maim in the name of freedom has me
pissed off - you know what's hard, #ing existing as a civilian and making ends meet without a safety net, awards, and all that pomp and circumstance
that goes along with it.
Signed - an 0311 US Marine who would take going to war again over trying to make a decent living in the US.
Edit to add: In the most simplistic terms - is it easier to follow orders, or pave your own [successful] path with little direction? You know the
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