reply to post by LandonFromKY
I am honored that you wish to serve your country, it is a very brave and noble thing to do. How ever I have to ask you a few questions, are you doing
this a selfless service to your country, or are you wishing to do this seeking honor and respect? Not all veterans are treated as noble heroes, you do
need to understand that. Read the boards here any day and you will see ex soldiers, and civilians who have very negative views towards the military
and some of the recent theaters of war.
I am extremely concerned for you, when you said every time you play video games or watch movies you want to do it so much more. Do not take this as me
bringing you down in any way, it is your choice but that isn't war, nor is it being a serviceman.
In any of the services you could perform for your country, not one of them is like the references you listed. There is a whole lot more to it, and
there is a whole lot more you don't have to think about once that movie, or game has ended.
Sure call of duty may give you a vague idea of the chaos you could experience in the infantry, but it doesn't take place for days, weeks, months, or
even years of real active combat. Using recent theaters like afghanistan and Iraq, you have to sleep, eat, # and live while all of that chaos is going
on. You may die, or get wounded, or watch someone or everyone you are close with die and get wounded. On top of that you may have to stay where you
are among dead and wounded because unlike call of duty, you could get trapped and have to wait for help. You could harm civilians(accidents happen,)
then later have to help those same people or accept help from someone who accidentally wounded or killed someone you know quite well. Infantry is one
of the hardest service jobs there are, and if you do active service it WILL change you permanently and the outcome is different for every single
service man. Some come out okay, others come out emotional wrecks.
If you choose infantry you will have to be prepared for literal hell on earth.
The positive side to infantry is you may very well be someones hero, friend or foe. You will be one of the first to pull friend, civilian or foe from
wrecked or burning buildings or vehicles, find and evacuate wounded from combat zones, bring much needed food or water to those in need. Even outside
of combat zones, you may be sent to nations of the world in need of protection in civil unrest, natural disaster response both in preparation for and
the cleanup after. It can be incredibly rewarding, but at the same time this is a very hard thing to deal with. You will see dead, Grievously wounded,
and distraught individuals. There are smells and sites you will never forget if you choose this route, even if you never see active combat.
Now believe it or not, combat is not always the hardest thing for infantrymen, you could spend weeks and never have to use your weapon, how ever the
potential for harm is always looming over your head. You could be deployed in places like Iraq, or Afghanistan and the thought of IED's, suicide
bombers, ambushes, coming across victims of your foe and these things will wreck havoc on your mind. Imagine trying to sleep knowing you or your
friends/allies could be killed while doing so? Imagine what it would be like to try and help those who are victims of a bombing? Imagine trying to
help a small child who has been shot, burned, or blown apart. Just really think about what it would be like to come across these things. Imagine that
it's your side who causes that chaos(it happens).
There is an awful lot involved in being enlisted in the infantry. I just don't want you thinking it's not what it is, I've only covered some
things, and there is a hell of a lot of good, but at 16 you're not likely thinking about these things. You're likely thinking of the glory of which
sometimes there is absolutely none. There are people who enlist and never see any of this, and then all the truly great things really shine. You will
help people in the service I promise that, you will see the world, learn valuable skills, make friends closer to you than your own parents, but there
is a huge risk factor involved. I just want you to think about everything, and if you know you can handle any of this then go talk to as many other
servicemen as you can, talk to recruiters(don't sign until you are 100% sure of yourself). Once you sign, you are their's for every second of that
contract and you HAVE to do what they say.
16 is still really young, and active service is nothing like the movies or video games you enjoy to play. Those are games meant for entertainment,
meant to seem fun and glorious. Just remember that.