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Servicemembers are unique creatures. They adapt in unstable situations, create opportunities in unknown situations and maintain readiness to help those in need, repel an attack or take the fight to those that need a butt kicking.


Servicemembers and especially infantry types that live in remote outposts deal with a wide range of implications that you may or may not know about. They deploy for months on end and try to explain it to perhaps a new spouse or young child why they are leaving for such a long time. A difficult conversation for those going through it for the first time or especially if your are trying to explain it to a four year old that doesn’t want his daddy to leave.  They live in austere conditions without all of the “nice” things many Americans are use to like i.e. hot water, washing machines your own toilet. It’s the simple things you probably took for granted throughout your day today that the grunts out on the edge of the empire cherish. The simple things in life.

Long Days

They work physical long hour days usually get shitty food  and deal with a wide range of emotions of happiness, adrenalin rushes, sadness and physical affects on their body from wearing body armour for long periods, running at high tempos and all of this in third world conditions all on a few hours of sleep.

 

How many reading this routinely spend seven month blocks away from your loved ones?

 

They have to continue to train even while in Afghanistan to stay efficient with their skills. They train to stay physically fit even in the 100+ temps. Their day to them may seem like Ground Hog day but they try to treat every day like Day 1. To them, complacency kills. They are the sheep dogs of America. Put in position to make a difference, to lead and to allow all of us in the states the opportunity to sleep well at night because they are on the edge of the empire keeping the wolf at bay.

 

Long patrols in extreme weather in some of the most difficult geographical areas, missing loved ones, holidays, birthdays, wedding anniversaries, missing home.

How many reading this routinely spend seven month blocks away from your loved ones? Have you ever spent that long away from your spouse, newborn, or children? Have you ever done that long without the basic necessities you have become so use to that we have in America? 

 

They volunteered.

 Yes, they volunteered and they do the above routinely even more so than a one to one ratio. Units are scheduled to have seven months back from deployment to fulfil their 1:1 ratio but many don’t get that due to training, especially infantry units.

 

What kind of person puts all of the above second and puts their Nations service above all? What kind of person is willing to sacrifice everything nice, everything they love to go into some of the worst places in the world to make a difference and protect America?  Those unique creatures we call servicemembers. They are your warriors on the pointy end of the spear. They will put their own concern aside and demonstrate countless selfless acts that will take everything from them and sometimes it does. Through repeated selfless acts and dedication they continue to succeed. These are your servicemembers.

 

Time for a CGar!

 

Comments

  1. Thank you for you words. I am the mother of an Army Infantry Soldier currently deployed for the 4th time. Your words hit home and are things that I think about everyday. It’s sad that most people don’t even think about our brave warriors much less think about their families. Thank you for such a wonderful post.

  2. Thanks Major. Most just don’t get it, but hopefully by reading your work, some will. My son, SGT Tanner O’Neil is ready for his 5th tour. I’ve created a page for parents of Soldiers just starting out, to help them understand what they will be going through. Please feel free to share. Find my articles at Arlene R. (Gallo) O’Neil
    Semper Fi and Hooah!!

  3. Thank you, Major, for reminding all of us of everything we know beyond a shadow of a doubt is true about who they are and why they are out there doing what they do. All that they do is so above and beyond what any of us can ever imagine. Thank you is never enough to say to them or to their parents, spouses and children.

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