military thoughts

  1. The average age of the military man is 19 years.
    He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal
    circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy.
    Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer,
    but old enough to die for his country.

    He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either.

    He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm Howitzers.

    He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

    He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to
    march. He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle.
    He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.
    He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

    He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and
    still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and
    death than he should have in his short lifetime.
    He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out,
    far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.
    Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is
    paying the price for our freedom.

    Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

    He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and

    Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

    When you read this, please stop for a moment and say
    a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq.

    My sister sent this to me, do not know the author.
  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   USA987
    if anybody wants to see what these guys are enduring over there check out this slide takes a few minutes to load but well worth the wait. Make sure your speakers are on if you have them. Some of them look so I feel OLD!

  4. by   Mkue
    Excellent, thanks for sharing. These men and women never cease to amaze me with their honor, courage and bravery.
  5. by   ShortFuse_LPN
    Thanks Shamrock! A very dear friend parachuted out of an airplane today, landing in Northern Iraq. I have been so very worried about him today. Reading this has reminded me to be more proud of him and more thankful for the bravery of these young people.
  6. by   Mkue
    Cute avatar Belinda !
  7. by   howie122832
    OMG,... I just watched that slideshow and I am really moved! It takes alot for me to feel emotional, and THIS did it! Thanks for sharing, and making us really think about the sacrafice that these "kids" are making! GOD BLESS THEM!
  8. by   litebrite
    That slide show was amazing. It was really moving. The music and pictures of those faces just breaks your heart. On the other hand, it make me proud. Come home soon, Stand tall and stand proud!!
  9. by   Furball
    Originally posted by BelindaLPN
    Thanks Shamrock! A very dear friend parachuted out of an airplane today, landing in Northern Iraq. I have been so very worried about him today. Reading this has reminded me to be more proud of him and more thankful for the bravery of these young people.

    I heard that this action was highly successful...great job!!!
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    And what would be the accurate description of the average fighting FEMALE soldier? Just a thought...............
  11. by   Shamrock
    Very good question, will be on the lookout for it!!
  12. by   Stargazer
    Excellent point, Deb.
  13. by   live4today
    I didn't get to view the film because it has been removed by the person who started it due to overwhelming popularity and cost for keeping it on. (Click on site and read the message of why it was removed.)
  14. by   DebsZoo

    This is a temporary home for the film, Renee......hope you get to see it