To Those Who Served In The Military

When you took your oath and put on that uniform, you stopped being a civilian, laying down your personal freedom and other rights. You gave Uncle Sam a blank check pertaining to your life, saying that Uncle Sam could do with you whatever was needed, including sending you into a situation in which you would not survive. If you served during peace time and never were sent into battle, then you still were ready to go to battle at a moment’s notice.

Your life was not your own. You could not quit if you wanted to because Uncle Sam owned you. During the days of the draft, many men were forced to be in the military; they had no choice. Now, the draft is gone, and no person in the USA can be forced into military service. So, current military personnel are that by choice. As a result, they live by different rules, ones that required the sacrifice of personal liberty and comfort.

If all goes well, then the one who enters the military will not have to endure armed conflict. However, when one enters the military, one does not know if all will go well. The person takes a gamble, hoping to never see combat. Plenty of people have taken that gamble and have won. They have donned uniforms and performed mundane tasks. They never fire a shot at an enemy. They never enter harm’s way. Yet, their military service is still vital to the security of our nation, because they keep our nation’s military strong and ready for whatever may come.

So, must one become wounded or die to be a hero? Must one enter the line of fire to be a hero? Although heroism may end with a bullet or an explosive device, where does heroism begin?

It begins when you take your oath and put on that uniform, because you stop being a civilian and surrender your personal rights so that others will not have to.

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  • sarahconnor2

    Thank you to our brave military and their families.

  • Vagabond661

    I may be preaching to hte choir here but “might makes right”. The more formidable the foe, the less it is challeneged. Our military needs to be the mightiest in the world. We also need a government who will use the military as it was intended. To have the balls to make the tough decisions.

  • ackwired

    It is right to honor those willing to serve a cause greater than themselves.  A point not often recognized by those who have not served is that many military personnel are maimed and die in non-combat situations.  It is a very dangerous occupation.  I was in Naval Air, and about 25% of my Officer Candidate class died in training.  I think that is an exceptionally high number, but it points out the danger involved.  Many sailors were blown off of the flight deck.  Technician were killed in accidents while repairing aircraft.  It is a very dangerous occupation.  I have explained in another thread how I feel about diluting the term, hero.  But it is absolutely the right thing to do to honor those who choose to serve.

    •  I was a paratrooper in the 82nd ABN.  We killed at least one person every time we did a jump.  I was always amazed at all of the outrage at the number of casualties coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan…but no one ever pointed out that this was a much smaller number than the number of people killed in training accidents.

      • That (fewer casualties in active operations than in training) has been true since Gulf War I.

        Also seldom remarked upon is the fact that Iraq post invasion marked the fastest defeat of an insurgency in history, with the United States having three of the top 4 records in the category.

  • Ray Dawson

    Started off as a response and went somewhere else.