The airways are full of the opportunities out there for those thinking of making the jump to military service. “Be All You Can Be” sort of thing.
They even brain wash our children into thinking that it is something special by teaching them with ROTC.
Before anyone is considering the jump to the military to broaden their horizons maybe they should read this….written by someone who made the jump and their experiences….
Though the war in Afghanistan is over, its grim history is filled with hard truths about what it really means to serve in the American military.
Those truths are particularly relevant to anyone contemplating enlistment or commissioning in the armed forces. With that in mind, here’s a warning label informed by the grim lessons of Operation Enduring Freedom—the failed and futile 20-year war in Afghanistan.
After 9/11, the U.S. government was right to lash out at Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. However, that mission was largely accomplished by the end of 2001. As Scott Horton wrote in Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, within three months of 9/11, “there were not enough (al Qaeda) left alive to fill a seventeenth-century pirate ship.”
The balance of the war was a futile effort to replace the Taliban with a government more palatable to western powers. Today, after more than 2,400 U.S. service members were killed and more than 20,000 wounded, Afghanistan is ruled by the Taliban, just as it was two decades years ago.
I admit it…after serving as a combat grunt I am antiwar all the way….our children need a better education than war.
Please anyone contemplating joining the military please read this and then make an informed decision….for the decision will change your life in so many ways and not always for the better.
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