I've known a few people in the defense force and there is one thing that i've noticed that comes around to bite me in the ass every time.
in the year after they finish their basic they become different people, out of touch with their basic humanity and convinced that they are a different
breed. Convinced that they are better then the civilian population. Colder.
They sever relationships with their 'Civy' friends, convinced that they have become better as people when the reality is that they are merely
brainwashed into thinking that they are now part of some kind of brotherhood, some kind of elite group that has an excuse to shed their basic
humanity. They develop and 'us' and 'them' mentality and it strips them of their humanity. They think they are so tough and capable but really they
are just moulded into a part of a machine, completely replaceable and disposable.
They distance themselves from anything 'Civvy' including friends and family that has always been there for them. They are institutionalised to believe
that their new 'pack' cares more about them and understands them better then their old friends, the people that genuinely love them. They are wiped
clean and reprogrammed to be a good little soldier that follows the bouncing ball and doesn't question the world around them. They are convinced into
thinking that their new 'Family' is more real and stable then the one they left back in useless 'Civvy' land.
Then they get deployed to a war zone and they witness hell. They are humans like the rest of us so they sometimes break and when they do they are
suddenly far less important and valuable to their new 'Family' they have no one left to turn to because they've severed ties with the people who
really care and then they are left to wither and die, incapable of real independance because they've been so heavily indoctrined to rely on the
I'm sick of being the victim of this s&%t time and time again. giving of myself freely in a genuine attempt to form a strong and loving bond and then
being discarded because i'm just another useless 'civvy' that doesn't understand. I understand, i understand only too well. and i'm sick of seeing
beautiful and unique people allowing themselves to be wiped clean and reprogrammed to be a good little bit of cannon fodder, to lose their true
individuality and become cogs in a heartless machine that lies to them and makes them believe they are better off.
Sure, military training has many advantages, it can't be denied. the skills that are taught are usually top notch but it's what is lost that is the
After a few years of service most people (because thats what they are, 'people', 'humans' like the rest of us) come good again. they start to remember
that they are actually a part of human society and not seperated from it. Others die or are disabled and discover all too quick just how 'important'
their new families think they are.
I don't know of a solution to this, and i don't really know where i'm going with this. all i know is that i'm sick of saying goodbye to people i care
when will it all end?
edit on 15-11-2011 by Raivan31 because: typo's