Yeah (see desc). I will be going into the military soon (USAFA if I can) but I'm sick of soldiers flashing their status to be treated special (in unimportant si
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Yeah (see desc). I will be going into the military soon (USAFA if I can) but I'm sick of soldiers flashing their status to be treated special (in unimportant si

I will be going into the military soon (USAFA if I can) but I'm sick of soldiers flashing their status to be treated special (in unimportant situations like arguments or the line at ******************* )

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#3 - internetexplain (07/21/2014) [+] (9 replies)
#6 to #3 - hellol (07/21/2014) [-]
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#11 - Bacabed (07/21/2014) [+] (15 replies)
My problem with people joining the military now (and this is just from the people I know, so I'm not trying to make a broad statement about everyone just about the ones I know) is that they all seem to join up and talk about fighting for freedom, defending the nation and putting their lives on the line then they all try their hardest to get put in a non-combat position.
First of all, they're not defending our nation. I'm not against the wars the U.S. has engaged in, but let's not kid ourselves into believing that we're defending ourselves. There aren't many serious threats to us and the nations that are don't show much indication of invading the U.S. and conquering us.
Second, none of them will see real battle. I'm not trying to take away from those who do see combat but fighting against some insurgent cells when you're invading a nation is very different from the total warfare our grandfathers had to fight through. Hell, most of the people joining up are trying to get non-combat positions so that they're not in danger but then go on about how they're putting their lives on the line protecting us.

Basically, I don't see the world as being all that dangerous. There may be tensions but, until a war with a major power breaks out, our military is just going around bullying smaller nations who have no chance of actually beating us, their best bet is to just hold out until we leave. I'm sure there's a lot of people who would join up if a real war broke out (Hell, I'd be first in line if that happened) but the "wars" from now aren't really and the people joining the military (again, just from the people I personally know who are doing it now) just want to get a job with benefits because the alternative is being a shift manager at McDonalds forever.
User avatar #13 - sirbrentcoe (07/21/2014) [+] (1 reply)
the ones who are truly heroes never act like they are. just the douchebags who want to abuse what little power they have in the civilian world.
#84 - gtfomylawnbish (07/22/2014) [+] (1 reply)
I'm sick of seeing solders saying they fight for my freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. Neither have **** to do with my freedom or any other American.
#2 - kungfufun (07/21/2014) [+] (8 replies)
right nothing extraordinary in any way you guys are so right your right fire fighter and police and paramedics and doctors are all good things to but to say that the armed services are not is flat out disrespectfull
User avatar #12 to #2 - ljxjlos (07/21/2014) [-]
No, it isn´t.

A Soldier doesn´t deserve respect.

Not before he actually did something to deserve it.

Soldiers are neither Saints, nor Monsters, their just people. None of them deserves Hate OR Respect just for what he is. I´ll hate the one who shoots civilians just because he was ordered to and call him a cocksucking asshole and I´ll respect the one who stood against his orders or risked his life following orders and protecting civilians - and call him a hero.

Before he did any of those he doesn´t deserve anything but his salary.
#113 - theonlytinman (07/22/2014) [+] (2 replies)
Listen, I get that people shouldn't be treated like they're the next coming of Christ himself just for joining the military. But you can't just act like its not something to be respected when someone signs a dotted line that essentially says  at a moments notice, they can be sent into a fire-fight that has a high chance that someone you know will die.   
   
So, no. They shouldn't be treated like saints. But at some point, they deserve some sort of respect.
Listen, I get that people shouldn't be treated like they're the next coming of Christ himself just for joining the military. But you can't just act like its not something to be respected when someone signs a dotted line that essentially says at a moments notice, they can be sent into a fire-fight that has a high chance that someone you know will die.

So, no. They shouldn't be treated like saints. But at some point, they deserve some sort of respect.
User avatar #26 - aviators (07/21/2014) [-]
I'm just joining to pay for college.
#55 - iamnuff (07/21/2014) [+] (4 replies)
honestly, america's hard-on for their soldiers is sorta creepy.

I mean, we all respect our armed forces, but america seems to be the one that screams about it constantly.

not to mention this whole "protecting your freedums and defending you worthless civillians" line of thought.

when was the last time america's army actually defended america, instead of invading third world countries?

also, surprisingly relevant olgaf.
#83 - pxthreezerothree (07/22/2014) [+] (1 reply)
I don't think I met anyone who was a saint while I was in, myself included. But, there is something about another person willing to fight and die protecting another person that makes you respect them. Some of the guys I fought with were pieces of **** but they also covered my ass more than once.
#146 - ashedust (07/22/2014) [-]
No, you're right. It doesn't make a person a saint. And people who treat themselves as saints because they enlisted need to be smacked.   
   
But it something to be proud of. Just... don't be an ass about it.
No, you're right. It doesn't make a person a saint. And people who treat themselves as saints because they enlisted need to be smacked.

But it something to be proud of. Just... don't be an ass about it.
#127 - whizzerbike (07/22/2014) [+] (2 replies)
Marine here, What you all are saying here pretty much on point. I shouldn't be praised for something I have not done. I get that and do not seek glory and fame for something someone else has done years and years before me. As I type now, I am just a regular Marine going to work every week day from 6am to 4pm. All I am doing now is work ups for the next deployment. I have not left state side, I have not been in any fire fights. So why should people thank me when I have done nothing so far? When people thank me for my service I always respond with "Thank you for your support". Until I deploy I have nothing to boast about. Just a simple Marine doing his job day in and day out. There are the **** bags and the extraordinary guys and gals in the service. Just like the civilian world. I'm not going to lie, it took some balls for me to swear in, but I do not regret my decision. To anyone who is joining for just college, or for a specific benefit. You are in the wrong, if you have wanted to serve getting the G.I. Bill is a nice gift, but to go through all this ******** for some money? Might as well stay and live a peaceful life without the stupid **** we do. Just not worth it in my opinion. Long story short, the ones who are humble about being in the military are the ones who I want to be in a fire fight with. The ones who "act" like a hard ass are the ones who would freeze up when an officer asks them their own ******* name. For those deciding to join or not, its only 4 years of your life at minimum and you come out with a little bit more knowledge and discipline like some **** sticks back home need.
#1 - shogoki (07/21/2014) [-]
No, you are not. If people really want to be saints they should be in firefighters, or maybe volunteering in the red cross, but I don't think that "going to fight for your country" is any extraordinary. (Except under certain circumstances, for exemple, a war that threat your country and your loved ones in an immediate moment)
#162 - drlabotomy (07/22/2014) [+] (1 reply)
Doc here. It's really just pogs and boots who do that, And I will never not be uncomfortable when my mom introduces me as "her son the medical corpsman". I don't want recognition, I just want to go to college.
Doc here. It's really just pogs and boots who do that, And I will never not be uncomfortable when my mom introduces me as "her son the medical corpsman". I don't want recognition, I just want to go to college.
User avatar #112 - pwnagraphy (07/22/2014) [+] (1 reply)
I went with my brother to the airport to pick up my cousin, who was in the rangers, because he was on leave for a little while. We went to the local diner to grab something to eat. When we were ordering some fat **** and his whole family came up and started applauding and thanking him for "Defending their freedums" and going on and on about "Gittin the sumbitches who got them Tewers" in the middle of our dinner, to which my cousin told them to shut the **** up, followed by lecturing them on how he was a ******* monster for the **** he's done and seen. Then he just broke down and started crying. Mind you, my cousin is a tough ************ who I have seen beat the ever living **** out of people for trying to start **** with him, so naturally when a 6'5 240lb slab of muscle starts to cry with his head in his hands you get a little scared. He continued to tell them through sobs how the people he's killed were just protecting their homes or their families, or how they were just scared when guys with guns broke down their doors. He said he couldn't stand the sight of the flag anymore, like it was a symbol of the glorification of murder for profit.

So fat **** and his pod start calling him a ******* coward and a traitor, and how they hope he ends up beaten and shot like Saddam American knowledge at work, I know and then left. He told me and my brother not to join up. Of course if, say, Russia for example starts parachuting onto my front lawn I'm going to, but I'd listen to the guy who was actually there and has severe PTSD becaue of it over the recruiter who had never been off base or a whale man who wants to play IRL CoD
#108 - muffintime (07/22/2014) [+] (3 replies)
Firefighters and paramedics save more lives then soldiers do and I think they should be respected more for what they do (running into burning buildings, going into dangerous areas and putting themselves in dangerous spots just to help a random stranger).... I respect people in the military, don't get me wrong... But they are fighting a pointless battle in the desert that doesn't have to happen....
User avatar #100 - UnforgivingOne (07/22/2014) [-]
If you kill for pleasure, you're a sadist...
If you kill for money, you're a mercenary...
If you kill for both, you're a RANGER!

Marines don't die, we just go to hell to regroup

Soldiers aren't saints. If they were, I doubt they would be able to do their job. Either way, happy that they do what they do.
#156 - megayoming ONLINE (07/22/2014) [+] (4 replies)
I think that any type of military is a Evil how ever you look at it your going to kill something eventually or be killed.

But then again you need a military because all the other ******* want to **** on you. its a lose lose system give to gain nothing.
User avatar #105 - TardytheTurtle (07/22/2014) [-]
believe me, the majority of us prefer to be low key about it except for the 4th of july, wear your dress whites out on the town and the thirst is real, im in the navy by the way and I don't feel like I deserve any recognition, there are much more of the lowkey ones than there are the annoying asshats but they get publicity
you'll do fine
User avatar #91 - iamchicken (07/22/2014) [-]
I've convinced myself I will only ever joined the armed forces if U.S. soil is directly under threat. To hell with dying in a ******* desert just because some Muslim fanatics thought it'd be a great idea to **** up **** .
#61 - jusmumbo (07/21/2014) [+] (1 reply)
I joined to get skills for tha Hood.
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