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the average military man
« on: Mar 29, 03, 11:07:24 am CST »

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 incombat
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, admiration and our
eternal gratitude with his blood.


A Military Prayer


"God, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us.

Give them physical strength and inner peace as they champion the cause of
freedom and righteousness.

Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in
our time of need."

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our
ground troops in the middle east, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air,
and for all those home supporting their efforts.
 

 

God Bless our Soldiers!

 

 

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« Reply #1 on: Mar 29, 03, 11:28:05 am CST »

apologizes to all, didnt realize that this had been posted already
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 29, 03, 03:13:01 pm CST »

It's O.K.

Sometimes things need to be repeated.

God bless, can come home soon brother!
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 31, 03, 07:50:36 am CST »

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apologizes to all, didnt realize that this had been posted already

Biker It should be a sticky and one of the first things these people see. I appriciate the post
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 31, 03, 08:28:01 am CST »

Yeah! We have 12 people from our church out there- two of them are married( to each other- but not serving in same unit)

Keep them ALL in your hearts.
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