posted on Jun, 30 2011 @ 11:43 AM
I was an infantry medic and loved it. I had a high enough ASVAB scores to do anything but ended up in airborne infantry for most of my time. Also
spent time in Air Defense Intel on a first tour. Look, the military is a valuable career and service to our country. It isn't just a career though,
it is an obligation to our way of life. Unfortunately, the bad thing about an all volunteer service is that sometimes it becomes mercenary work and
we lose sight of the fact that anything worth having isn't free and freedom is one of those things. Our country, though, is not one of the most free
countries on the planet anymore. Government regulates every single thing we do. Pro soviet communists are now at all levels of our local, state and
especially federal government. The communists have never gone away since their ideas are international in scope. The flip side of the same coin is
the capitalist conspirators. Both groups believe they are beyond accountability to a Democratic Republic and instead their governing principles and
responsibilities are to themselves only. They are happy to spend the tax payer money but only to enrich their own. That is part of a democracy.
That is why we have lobbyists. However, checks and balances has created a Republic in which we live. We have branches of government that are
supposed to check each other. The military is an instrument of policy. It always has been and always will be. That is what seperates it from being
just another militia, terror organization or gang of armed robbers. If the policy is good and everyone agrees that it is good policy then the
profession of arms is note worthy, an instrument of maintaining the status quo and an instrument to carry forward good policy. If the policies are
bad or the civilian leaders are unconstitutional in nature, then the military is left in a quandry.
Until recently, the US military was above politics and considered a respectable organization by the US citizenry. However, just like in the 1960s,
there is a group of political malcontents that hate the military and are now in charge of it. To carry out their spite and own personal objectives
they have used the military for social experimentation, etc. homosexual policy is one of those things where political leaders from the 1960s who are
now in charge of our government have imposed their own policy on faked social/scientific surveys just as an example. That means you will now be
serving next to open homosexuals. The outcome of such social experimentation is yet to be seen. Most likely the outcome will be like other federal
social programs which weakens common bonds, makes the military less effective in conducting war and generally makes America are more vulnerable place
to live in the event of revolutionary forces (political or geophysical).
Ultimately, you have to decide if you are a US soldier mainly there as a mercenary gaining a pay check or if you have other moral values that mean
something to you. If you become a leader, then the question becomes even more important because eventually the buck stops somewhere. How you treat
others, what you believe is America's most important doctrines, and how you exercise moral authority is vital. Otherwise you are just another
somebody with a gun and the world is full of them. It is for this reason that it is vital that you vote, because that person you voted for decides
a lot of what constitutes America's most important doctrines and that person orders you into less than desirable situations where you are then left
on your own. More and more, soldiers in out of the way places are making decisions that only high ranking officers used to make. Guns and ammunition
allow one to make their own laws and therefore internal moral compass becomes more important.
Sometimes, entire Armies are left with moral decisions to make because they do have weapons of war. Sometimes coups take place, sometimes revolutions
occur, sometimes organizations have to make decisions about what is right and wrong. Sometimes right and wrong isn't even that clear. That is why
it is important to understand both who and what you are but who and what the entire organization is so that you at least have some guide post.
Personally, I am still very active in making policy for the military and helping them to carry out that policy through doctrine. I make a pretty good
living doing it. But we live in precarious times. One thing I learned a long time ago in the jungle is that a person can live under a tree if they
have to. All the fancy things from China we take for granted as Walmart shoppers aren't that important. The only thing that is important is what is
in your head. That's it. That is the only thing you can fall back on. That is the only thing that no one can take from you. You can tell someone
what is in your head or you don't have to. You can choose to help someone or you don't have to. You can be moral and learn about our laws and
history or you don't have to. You can choose to be a thug or you don't have to. You can contribute or you don't have to. If you do volunteer
you will probably go into harms way. Only volunteer if you think you should. You will probably be chosen. You will get things on your plate you
never bargained for, go to places you never thought you would be, don things you never thought you were capable of.
But one thing is for sure. We all came to earth. We will all leave earth. We will all one day face our own personal armeggedon, and the only thing
you take with you is what's in your head. People are going to screw with what is in there. One day, you won't even be sure what is right and what
is wrong. Fortunately, God didn't leave you here all by yourself with what is in your head. Everyone has a spiritual guide as well. It isn't
dependent on any religion or any political party. The more you use that guide, the better off you will be. Some don't use it all.
The military is like anything else. It can be great. It can be the vanguard for peace and freedom. It can provide opportunity to those who come
from unfortunate backgrounds and a way forward in life where none other seemed available. I have seen kids from the street rise to great levels of
experience, education and personal self worth and become leaders of men. Women too have made great contributions at every level of the military.
Homosexuals have a different personal war to fight. And they are fighting a war. We all fight a war within our head. We fight it everyday. How
that effects others though is key here. Sometimes that war effects others negatively because it leaks out. The military is, after all, a group
effort. If you simply can not manage in a group with norms of behaviour you will not be happy.
One of these days, I don't know when, I don't know how, but each and every one of us will be faced with a decision that was beyond our scope of
training, beyond our scope of belief, beyond our reality. At that point, you rely on everything in your head you can. You take some guidance from
that spiritual guide. And you #ing fire.