Good forum to incite discussion!
I'd like to give you my opinions, but first and foremost, urge you to make up your own mind, it's the only REAL freedom we have ever had as men.
There is a wealth of information available, in print and on the internet, detailing the exploits of warriors from Japan, Europe, China, the Americas
and more. If you are interested in the path of a warrior, you might check out the life and exploits of man named Miyamoto Musashi, and particularly
the man who beat him. There is a very important lesson taught by the story about the value of a warrior's life. It is worth a read if you have the
time and the inclination. The Art of War by Tsun Szu is another good one, so are The Prince by Machiavelli, and Scholar Warrior by Deng Ming Dao.
Those last three are more theory than practice, but offer real insight into the thinking man's war. The difference between mercenaries and regulars,
and the difference between ruling with fear and love are probably the most relevant bits in Machiavelli, but the whole book is quite small and a real
There are hundreds of thousands of accounts of ancient warriors, and very few accounts of modern ones. I would argue that is because there are fewer
warriors these days, and more mercenaries. If you want to join the tide, by all means, but remember, one true warrior is more valuable on the
battlefield than a legion of mercenaries.
On the other side of the coin, if you're after money, private mercenary firms pay the best, but usually require documented military experience. In
some cases, the private contractors in Iraq make 8-10 times what the enlisted men make. If you want to make a living at anything, the private sector
always pays better, that's true no matter what field you're in.
Historically there are two kinds of men who fight wars. There are mercenaries and there are warriors. Mercenaries kill for money, pure and simple,
you can pay them to kill just about anybody. They are good at killing, but see it more as a day job.
Warriors are men who fight, and kill, in the pursuit of molding their body and mind into the ultimate deadly weapon. Real Warriors are also scholars,
historians, psychologists, and thinkers of the highest order.
The military wants mercenaries. Warriors are too high maintenance, and they have silly, outdated notions about honor and single combat that don't
mesh with modern stand-off warfare. You say the military of today is an honourable vocation? I disagree, though I do think that there are a number
of honorable men serving in the armed forces, I don't see anything honourable in being a mercenary for the government. The military wants you to be
able to kill efficiently, not artfully. They want you to be able to take orders, not make up your own mind. I don't think there is anything wrong
with being a mercenary, it's been a part of human culture since the stone ages. I just don't think we need to tarnish words like honour by
associating them with low rent, cheaper-by-the-dozen hitmen. If you join up now you'll be fighting with Columbian death squads, side by side.
Beware the company you keep.
Defend your homeland with dignity and honour, by all means, but you don't have to be in the military to do that. You can train yourself, discipline
yourself, arm yourself, and be a force for good with no contractual requirements. If in the end, it turns out you can't hack it as a warrior, but
you still want to kill people for money, there's always the army.
Don't you think there are better ways to improve oneself? I mean engaging in gun battles with AK sporting, T-shirt wearing teenagers, in 100 degree
heat is fun and all..but how about reading a book or hitchhiking the country, or studying martial arts? Why not learn another language, go abroad,
and see the world without gunsights in the way?
I think part of the lure of military service, if not the single biggest carrot, is the promise of college tuition. Kids who are going into the
military to get money for college can't very well go to college before the military can they? I agree though that officer is the way to go, not
because you have to work less, but because you have more control over the situation the higher up in command you go. If you dedicate yourself to
understanding war and the causes of it, perhaps you could save lives in the future if you were in a command position. The great excuse for war crimes
has always been, "I was acting under orders." If you're the guy giving the orders, that point is null and void.
I don't think killing is the hardest part for most people. I think the hardest part is afterwards, coming to terms with how easy it was for you to
kill, and realizing the consequences.
If our military is in the streets, that would be a good time to join up, no? Statistically speaking, you're safer inside a Bradley vehicle than
outside of one, right?