a reply to: Guidance.Is.Internal
You are so ridiculously obtuse.
We, as soldiers, do the job that we are required to do by the civil leadership of the nation. Granted, its not like I automatically agree with
everything we are tasked to do.
Right now my unit is ramping up for DCRF. Its a mission set that includes everything from floods, bad hurricanes, food distribution, response to NBC
threats, all of which is here in the US.
We train regularly to respond to deadly threats against the people.
Two days ago we were given a 4 hour brief by JAG on the Posse Commitatus Act and how it applies to us, our mission, and what we are allowed to do and
not do. We were also briefed on the nature of our mission.
That mission is that we have 10 hour notice of mobilization. That means we have to be ready to go within 10 hours of being activated. We take this
mission more seriously than we did our deployment to Afghanistan. This mission is protection and relief of suffering for the American people. My Hawks
can be anywhere in the US with 72 hours, longer if it OCONUS, like Hawaii or Alaska.
That's what I do. I protect the roofers, electricians, and hairdressers. I will forgo sleep, food, and comfort to fly multiple missions in order to
ensure that the people affected by natural or man-made disasters are given all the help they need. Its what the people of the US expect of the Army,
my unit, my soldiers, and myself. You pay for it. Does the government misuse our capabilities? Absolutely. But do not blame the men and women who have
died or been wounded in the line of duty.
To me they are heroes. Heroes to their families for which they have sacrificed so much for. Heroes to their fellow soldiers who learned to love them
like brothers and sisters. Heroes to those whose lives are saved by their actions in a war no body likes.
All I ask is that you don't cheapen that sacrifice by sweeping it aside like its comparable to what civilians do here. It isn't. Don't cheapen it by
telling me and every other soldier and veteran that we are only worth as much as the taxes collected.
Less than one percent of the population are engaged in the protection of the American people. And less than one percent of each branch is ever
directly engaged in combat operations where enemy contact is expected.
That means that a very small group of Americans, like myself, then men who died on Arrowsmith 35, armor, infantry, and SOC ever see the enemy up
close. We are the last few hundred meters of foreign policy. It sucks, but we do it because the American people expect us to do that job.
on pFri, 29 May 2015 21:01:07 -0500201529America/Chicago2015-05-29T21:01:07-05:0031vx5 by projectvxn because: (no reason given)