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#1 11 years ago

I mean for 'active duty.'

You know you'll probably see some combat and that doesn't scare the living shit out of you? The thing that scares me the most is that you could be the smartest, best team member, leader, well-liked, etc and a stray bullet hits you and you die right there. All your future, friends, family are gone. Bang. And war doesn't care who the fuck you are. That's the shittiest thing about combat I think.

When you join the military what are you thinking?

Who are you trying to show?

What are you trying to prove?

And if you die, do you think you will be more liked or respected? To me, you'd just be more of a mystery.

I don't understand it at all.

What made me think more about the question?:

I was at my Islamic Civilizations class yesterday [first class] and we were going around the room saying

1. our name 2. our major 3. why we took this course

and when the girl next to me stood and spoke, she said her name, her major, and that she was taking the course because she was being deployed in a few weeks and she wanted to learn more about the culture.

Our professor applauded her, as did other students. He said more youths should join the armed forces, but hoped she would not be wasting his time if she was going to leave in just a few weeks.

Then the most amazing thing happened, she sat and looked right at me with that 'I know I'm better than you' look. I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed with the experience, but why does anyone give a shit that she is in the armed forces, a potentially lethal career choice? I now think much less of her and her foolish choice...

If you really want to join the military, go and do it. Why stop and just say 'yes, good idea. I love my country!' when if you wanted you could join right up? Or do some people's ways they express their love of country stop when they have to actually do something besides vocally express themselves?




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#2 11 years ago

Captain AmerikaI mean for 'active duty.'

You know you'll probably see some combat and that doesn't scare the living shit out of you? The thing that scares me the most is that you could be the smartest, best team member, leader, well-liked, etc and a stray bullet hits you and you die right there. All your future, friends, family are gone. Bang. And war doesn't care who the fuck you are. That's the shittiest thing about combat I think.

When you join the military what are you thinking?

Who are you trying to show?

What are you trying to prove?

And if you die, do you think you will be more liked or respected? To me, you'd just be more of a mystery.

I don't understand it at all.

What made me think more about the question?:

I was at my Islamic Civilizations class yesterday [first class] and we were going around the room saying

1. our name 2. our major 3. why we took this course

and when the girl next to me stood and spoke, she said her name, her major, and that she was taking the course because she was being deployed in a few weeks and she wanted to learn more about the culture.

Our professor applauded her, as did other students. He said more youths should join the armed forces, but hoped she would not be wasting his time if she was going to leave in just a few weeks.

Then the most amazing thing happened, she sat and looked right at me with that 'I know I'm better than you' look. I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed with the experience, but why does anyone give a shit that she is in the armed forces, a potentially lethal career choice? I now think much less of her and her foolish choice...

If you really want to join the military, go and do it. Why stop and just say 'yes, good idea. I love my country!' when if you wanted you could join right up? Or do some people's ways they express their love of country stop when they have to actually do something besides vocally express themselves?

Now this is the kind of thread I like.

I'm doing it because I love my country (despite its faults), and believe that now, more than ever, it needs to be defended.

I'm not trying to show anything. I guess in a way I'm going down this route to proove to myself that I'm tough enough for the job, but that test is a bit down the road yet.

If I die, I just hope that people understand what I was fighting for, and I would hope that my death would never be an excuse to pull out.

Let me make this perfectly clear, she didn't give you a "I'm better than you look". And yes, I know exactly the one I'm talking about. When I'm walking around a civilian area with my LCE and BDU on, a ton of people give you questioning (even dirty) looks. We generally glare back, in a way that says "fuck off". If she gave you said look, then it's because she took the look on your face for that questioning/dirty one.

I know there are a few more people around here who are either in one form of the miliitary or another, so you should wait for them to speak up as well, before passing any judgements.

Oh yeah, and the running cadences are hilarious. Two personal favorites:

Way up north where the air gets cold We're running out of money and we're running out of gold So now I earn my living Killing the baby seals

You can hit `em with a bat you can hit `em with a brick You can poke `em in th eye with your eye pokin stick That's how I earn my living Killing the baby seals

You can slash `em in the head you can slash `em in the throat Then throw `em in the back of your fishing boat That's how I earn my living Killing the baby seals.

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A is for alcohol I is for alcohol R is for alcohol B is for beer O is for alcohol R is for alcohol N is for alcohol E is for alcohol

'Cause I'm Airborne All the way Super-drunken Paratrooper

Just remember that it is for those of us who make this so called "foolish choice" that our country even exists. For 201 years our military has been fighting for America's liberty, and it could not be possible without the brave few Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who dare to put their lives on the line for their country.




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#3 11 years ago

I have the highest regard for the military branches in my country, I applaud them and everything they do. As for this thread, I believe you are asking the wrong questions. Why they join, isn’t as important as why we need them to begin with. Soldiers are a resolve, an invention derived from conflict. I required necessity of any sovereign nation. Believe it or not, mankind is a predator.




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#4 11 years ago

So why would someone join the Military? It's a good question but think when a mother says she would die for her child couldn't this be applied to the military? The love that that mother shows for her child could be applied to the love so one in the service shows for his country. That person in the service loves or believes strongly enough in his countries cause and what it stands for that he is willing to put himself in harms way to anwser her call. To me, and I am one who is strongly considering the armed forces as a career route, there would be nothing more honorable than to die for my country. And I believe, at least in my possion, that my parents and friends would be able to look back on me as say he did a good thing.




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#5 11 years ago

Shoot for Army ROTC mate, and join Ranger Challenge. That's a sure fire way to get a commission and a great branch. A couple of my friends from high school are doing one form of ROTC or another, but even the N-ROTC guys think the AF-ROTC cadets are weak.

But before you do anything, be sure you are in great physical shape. Read this Wikipedia article.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_Physical_Fitness_Test_(APFT)

But, just so you know, that passing minimum of 180 is still pretty much a no go. Shoot for a 230 or so.




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#6 11 years ago

To be honest I was looking at some of the military acadamies, in particular west point. I have the grades and courses but as far as athletics I don't know how favorably they'll look track and volleyball. I'm a bit weak in the upper body strength but my lower body is very strong. Oh and the link didn't work, or at least it wasn't coming up.




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#7 11 years ago

Alright, check your private messages.




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#8 11 years ago
Buddy JesusTo be honest I was looking at some of the military acadamies, in particular west point. I have the grades and courses but as far as athletics I don't know how favorably they'll look track and volleyball. I'm a bit weak in the upper body strength but my lower body is very strong. Oh and the link didn't work, or at least it wasn't coming up.

Why does this sound like me? Except, take out the sports:p. I can't run, but I can carry quite a heavy load, or march for very long distances.




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#9 11 years ago

A Marine recruiter's been harrassing me lately. I've thought about joining the armed forces, not the Marines, but either the Air Force or Navy. Nowadays though, there's no way in hell I would fight "for" our country. I still have respect for men in uniform though, sometimes.




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#10 11 years ago

I have the highest respect for people in our military. They are the ones that keep us safe, not the suits in DC, they are the ones the protect our freedoms, and give those freedoms to others.

Why do people join?

There are those that love our country, and would do anyting, include die to protect it.

There are also those that join for the benefits and to pay for school, but i think they are a minority


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