Originally posted by Raivan31
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.
added by me. There seems to be a lot of they
in your entire introduction. Then you blast them
the same mindset? Just thought I would point this out.
They distance themselves from anything 'Civvy' including friends and family that has always been there for them.
Yes, they are compassionate and have a deep sense of empathy and loyalty. They know they may not survive to come home, and perhaps less contact with
the people they "genuinely love"
, friends and family, may make that loss easier for them should they have to die for what their "friends"
and "family" and "home" pay them to do. It is called sacrifice, and it is required for the job to minimalize outside distractions so that maybe
we won't put ourselves in undo harms way by dwelling on how homesick we are or day dreaming about "friends" and "family" which cause us to not
notice the IUD we drive into which causes the death of all 6 people in the vehicle we were driving.
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. .... [snip]...
Then they get deployed to a war zone and they witness hell.
The only hell I witnessed in warzones was the hell that my "friends" and "family" that "genuinely love me" sent me to.
They are humans like the rest of us...
No, they are not.
... 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...[snip]...
I only spent 4 years of my 11 years in the usaf as a firefighter in warzones. After I was broken and medically retired from the usaf (after being too
close to stuff that went boom) they pay me nearly $3,000 every month for the rest of my life, I have full medical insurance for the rest of my life,
the state in which I live pays for all my college expenses for the rest of my life, and there are many other assets and programs at my disposal, and
resources available to me and other wounded warriors
If you want to find out who you are, lose yourself in the service of others.
Most of the rest of your intro OP, I can understand, relate to, and agree with. But, no, I don't think civilians have any idea what war really is.
No, I don't believe most civilians know what it is like to have dozens or more lives depending upon them and the decisons they make. No, I don't
believe most civilians know about the level of awareness, consciousness (hyper sensitivity) of surroundings required and demanded of them in warzones.
This is not my opinion. This has been my experience.