reply to post by BobM88
It was tiring, man, it was honest-to-God physically exhausting. But I'm home for good now.
I was wondering but didn't want to pry. Glad to hear it. If you carried all that on your shoulders and kept sane and all your body parts, thats preety
good. The high blood anxiety may even fade with time. Thanks for sharing. You should write a book. Or share stories. I would read them. Maybe ATS
should start a vet war stories forum about their mad minutes and endless boredom.
The brass and the politicians know what the effects of repeated deployments does, but there's no choice given the status quo. There's no
stomach politically to reinstitute the draft...
I hope not. I have a preteen nephew and I wonder about his future. I know that despite all the "we're getting out soon" talk in the media, they are
continuing to build new bases in the middle east and Afghanistan. I sure hope that he don't wind up there in 10 years. Any advice?
Just reading your reply, the way you phrased it is great - 'mad minutes and endless boredom' made me think of two separate events. The first is when a
car kept coming at our station, not fast, which was the first thing that raised the hackles because most drivers there were at a dead stop or as fast
as they could manage. But he wouldn't stop, repeatedly told to stop, he wouldn't. So as we started to fire at the car he blew himself, and it, up. The
next piece of time following that was a blur for a bit that day. The next clear memory after that was eating lunch and noticing pieces of bone with
hair and scalp still attached on my pants and boots. I just sort of casually scraped it off with a knife and went back to eating. I don't know, now,
how I didn't go nuts. lol
The 2nd thing, the boredom, I remember one of those god awful endless days with the sun beating down like a million degrees of suffering - I hate the
heat, always have...just my luck, huh? - and watching sweat drip in front of my eyes off the front edge of my helmet because I had my head tilted
down a bit to keep the sun out of my eyes. I noticed the sweat dripped at a steady, regular, pace and wondered if Archimedes got the idea for that
water clock from something similar. I spent quite awhile then lost in thought imagining if that *was* how he did, and could I make one then just for
something to do. I tried to adjust the angle of my head to get the sweat drops to drip at exactly one second intervals. Yes, it was a VERY boring day.
ETA: sorry, I got so wrapped up in myself I forgot to answer your question about "advice". Yes, what I told my son was that if he wanted to serve in
A. Go to one of the academies. They take care of their own and their time in actual combat is limited to just getting them exposed to it, after that,
its back to grooming their careers.
B. At the very least, get commissioned through an ROTC program. Avoid the Army or Marines. Get a commission in the Navy or Air Force, and focus on
technology. For example, Space Command in the Air Force, or the Navy's apparent future with kinetic and energy weaponry. Not to mention the Navy will
likely be one of the first places that advances in energy, such as fusion, will occur. I don't know that, that's just my opinion because to push
something the size of an aircraft carrier across the globe takes a lot of energy, hence their use of nuclear reactors now.
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