philoserf (philoserf) wrote,


A fellow LJer had a post about some of the current recruiting brouhaha. He finished with a bit of the personal from his recruitment in an earlier day. Here is my quick splif.

My parents and I signed the papers when I was 17. They were getting divorced and I was determined to find a way to pay for a university education. The army was a good road for me but I knew others for whom it wasn't. AND I was lucky enough to miss the shooting. I had units I had just left, units I got to afterward, units with orders to go rescinded. Shooting at people and doing the other things a soldier has to do in conflict exploded around me like shrapnel from an off target howitzer shell.

Nope. There are kids going off to Iraq today. They are fighting the wrong war at the wrong time for the wrong reasons based upon the lies and 'stretched' truths of leaders who campaigned with a different story. Folks can say after the fact we have to, of it was a good thing to do even if the reasons were wrong. Doesn't do a thing to knock down the risk to life or limb for those kids.

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