Originally posted by Indigo_Child
I disagree i think it's braver and thus more heroic to join willingly knowing full well you may be called apon by your country and asked to
fight to defend it's way of life.
There is a fine line between stupid and brave. Then again, I think willingly choosing the army over prison, shows at least some intelligence. Simply,
because there are people who want to be cannon fodder, does not mean they are brave and honourable.
There are more reasons for joining the army than this naive "our heores"" outlook you have:
1. You're stupid
2. You're unemployed/homeless
3. You're suicidal
4. You're depressed
5. You're a criminal
6. You think it's cool
7. You're a nationalist/jingoist
8. You're family and friends are in the army
I rather take offense to that, as a veteran.
1. I don't consider msyelf stupid, and niether did the people who tested my IQ, which is 138, if you must ask.
2. I was in school, not homeless, and technically, not unemployed. I had many other opportunities for me upon graduation from high school. I chose the
3. I had every intention of a long, fruitful life.
4. Sure I was. So is everyone from tiem to time. Had nothing to do with my joining the army.
5. I never have gotten so much as a parking ticket, let alone committed any serious crime.
6. It wasnt very cool at the time, especially where I came from. My friends told me I was nuts, and my family shook their heads.
7. Nope. Believing in the principles this country was founded on makes me niether nationalist, nor jingoist. I had my own ideas about what was best
for the country.
8. I was the only one in my family to join the army since Vietnam.
I find the picture you paint of our troops offensive, to say the least. It seems you have been influence too much, or brainwashed, into believing that
soldiers are little more than robotic mindless cannon fodder without heart, soul, or morality. UNTRUE.
We all had families. We all had hobbies. We all had various religous, or lack of, religous beliefs. We came from different backgrounds. We were of
different races. We held varying political beliefs. We varied in our reasons for joining. We had love, we had hate, we had nightmares, we had dreams.
We were about as human as anyone else.
What we did was choose a job. In your case, a very thankless job, in many cases. We opened ourselves up to hatred, ridicule, stereyotypes, and
It was a dirty job, but someone had to do it. the fact that we chose such a life, a life of strict scrutiny, discipline, and reduced freedoms, is not
a choice of insanity. It was a sacrifice, and we did so willingly.
Youre obviously out of date. The ol "join the army or go to jail" program has been out of date for over 20 years. All are volunteer, and a criminal
record, when I joined, could reduce your chances of getting in.
I find your views a bit unenlightened. There must be balance of all things. We need philosophers. We need warriors. We need intellectuals, and we need
muscles. We need all things.
Not every soldier is a hero, no. But to choose the life that we did, it means were made of a little tougher stuff than normal. Someone has to do the
job. The world is not a nice place. it never has been,. and never will be.
Someone has to take upon the burden of being the first line of defense when things get nasty.