First let me introduce myself. I am a SGT/E-5 In the United States Army. I have served 4 years 149 days of a 5 year contract. 15 months of this time
was spent in Baquba, Iraq. I am a Military Police Officer and during my time in Iraq I worked very closely with Iraqi police, and Iraqi soldiers.
Since then I have been working as a police officer on one of the military installations that have been in the news recently.
The reason for this post is to clarify something’s that I have been seeing spring up on ATS a lot recently.
In a recent article I read that soldiers are nothing but baby killers and disserve to be imprisoned. To this I respond when we are shot at we
return directed fire at the ENEMY, not children or innocent people. During one of the ambushes on my squad an enemy vehicle drove up to our convoy and
exploded. A piece of the vehicle that exploded cut a woman in half and also killed her child she was holding. Is this our fault? Most would say no,
however there are those select few of special people that would say if we weren’t there then they wouldn’t have drove a VBIED into our convoy, but
aren’t we all responsible for our own actions? Would this not actually be the fault of the person that put it together and decided to drive it into
us? Btw our mission was to transport dirty laundry from our outpost to the main base for washing, not a threat to anyone.
Next thing that I recently read was that these people (Iraqis) don't want us in there country. My response to this is where did you get your
information? Perhaps it was from your couch watching CNN (Biased News Network) that only reports what will be controversial and make people watch. Let
me fill you in on some super secret info. I PERSONALLY spoke with the people in Iraqi, NOT the high officials safe and cozy in there office, but the
people that are living off of garbage and are afraid to even walk to the market because there afraid of being terrorized into placing bombs in the
road to kill Americans. These people hug us and thank us DAILY. When we come in force and remove the gangs that kill and rape their women, they bring
us food and water with tears in their eyes thanking us, men and women both. This is where I get my news, on the streets, the real world. If you would
like to argue this point, go to a third world country that’s war torn, survive there for 15 months then come back and tell ME how it is. I think
your peace loving hippie ass would have a slightly different perspective on what REALITY is.
I am not a war mongering soldier. I HATE WAR. I hate losing good friends. I hate having to kill to survive. In fact, the only reason I only have 1
deployment is because I have done everything in my power to NOT go back for another deployment. Is it because I don’t agree with what’s going on
or that I’m not patriotic? No, not at all. I just had my first born boy earlier this year, and I would like him to grow up knowing his father not
his father’s memory.
I would also like to comment on those who like to say the soldiers are fighting this war because they want to. Let me break it down for those of
you who have freedoms and choices. When I was 18 and signed that contract I gave up my right to do what I wished. Granted I did it willingly, unknown
to me what I had in store in my future. If I choose not to go to war, go against orders, as some have put it so simply, let me explain to you what
happens. First I will be publicly ridiculed. My family name will be tarnished across the national news networks. My rank will be taken and I will be
imprisoned. All of my benefits, pay, medical coverage, housing, food allowances, will be taken from me and my family will not be provided for. Is this
something you would be willing to go through? It’s easy to say yes when your not in the position. Me personally? No, I’m not. I managed to escape
a second deployment but for most it’s impossible. Truthfully, I haven’t escaped anything! Orders can still come down for me to leave, only 216
days from getting out of the military. This is the choice for a soldier. Please stop ridiculing those who choose to not be put in prison and take care
of their family’s instead.
Finally I leave you with this. We do what we do because we are ordered to. Not because I want to fatten pockets of those in high ranking places, I
don’t honestly even think it does! We do what we do for the man to the left and to the right. We do what we do so that future generations won’t
have to. Mostly we do what we do so people like you can sit at home and freely bitch about it. The next time you see a soldier, your not required to
shake his hand. You’re not required to thank him or even acknowledge him. We don’t ask for it and for most of us don’t even care for it. But
please, what ever you do, don’t spit on him. You don’t know where he’s been or what he’s had to endure.
Thanks for reading my post. I am an avid reader of ATS and love this site. (Sometimes I even get to read at work, Shh don’t tell Uncle Sam)
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