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The average military man or woman (english)
27 Mar 2003
Modified: 28 Mar 2003
For those of us who have either served in the military or know friends
and loved ones who are doing their duty, this is a good summation of our
soldiers, sailors, marines and air men.
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For those of us who have either served in the military or know friends and loved ones who are doing their duty, this is a good summation of our soldiers, sailors, marines and air men.
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
then 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 understanding.

Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with
his blood.
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Bollix (english)
27 Mar 2003
What aload of pigs bollix
Shame On You (english)
27 Mar 2003
Shame on you, Jak. You fucking pussy.
get this macho tough-guy shit away (english)
27 Mar 2003
shame on you, joe. you fucking sexist.
It's bullshit (english)
28 Mar 2003
Proud of USA claims the average soldier is 19 and has stood "He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them."

What complete bullshit. For the past dozen years America fights no-contact that take little bravery. The Amercan body count in first Gulf War was about 150 (most by freindly fire). In Kosovo and Sevia it was about zero and in Afghanistan it's about 25. This means that most soldiers don't ever know anyone who gets killed.

All killing is done by brave fly-boys and missiles team who are never see the blood of their victims. It must help to be a racist when this kind of killing is done. It's a dirty business and I don't want any of it done for me.

Peace