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Old 02-07-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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Excellent read.

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Old 02-07-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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Amazing isnt it.

I don't think most Americans understand the fact that the current American military is the best that has ever been seen on any battle field in human history.

Sad to think how our Leaders have squandered this fact over the last 60 years. Yet the American fighting spirit still seems to shine through.

The attributes that this blog post points out is what gives every potential American enemy around the world nightmares.

China, North Korea, Russia, Iran are all second and third rate military powers in comparison. A fact of which they are very aware.

Best thing we can do as Civilians for our Warriors is to give them a CINC that they can be proud and that will be proud of them.

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Old 02-07-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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that was a great read, thanks.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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Excellent post, it even makes me re-consider my opinion of French soldiers
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:12 AM
 
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Personally, I think the young generation is very comparible to my parent's generation--aka "the greatest generation". Look at what we have handed them. High tuition which equals high student loan debt. 2 or 3 wars going on depending upon what day of the week. No promise of a retirement. No health care. No promise of social security but they have to pay in. My daughter is 26 years old, works 2 jobs so she can pay off her student loans. Her husband served two tours in Iraq with the Marines and when not on combat patrol he was completing a BA degree on line. Now he's home and he also is working two jobs so they can get a house. They have this unbelievable optimism. Nothing bothers them. Sometimes it breaks my heart when I see how hard they work and what they've been through.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:19 AM
 
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Very nice article!
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:22 AM
 
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Problem is, we don't differentiate much from soldiers to military members. Vet's preference for a six tour Iraq/Afghan soldier with an amputation, is the same as a 4yr slacker who spent his time in Kentucky and gets a monthly check for life due to sleep apnea!

And the vast majority of military members never go into harm's way.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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Personally, I think the young generation is very comparible to my parent's generation--aka "the greatest generation". Look at what we have handed them. High tuition which equals high student loan debt. 2 or 3 wars going on depending upon what day of the week. No promise of a retirement. No health care. No promise of social security but they have to pay in. My daughter is 26 years old, works 2 jobs so she can pay off her student loans. Her husband served two tours in Iraq with the Marines and when not on combat patrol he was completing a BA degree on line. Now he's home and he also is working two jobs so they can get a house. They have this unbelievable optimism. Nothing bothers them. Sometimes it breaks my heart when I see how hard they work and what they've been through.
So much for that entire generation being a bunch of whining slackers. There are those, but I see (and know) MANY more that are like your daughter and her husband.

It gives me great hope. Thanks for sharing that. (BTW: Unbelievable optomism? Hard work? Higher education? Some of that came from parents who set a good example. )
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:31 AM
 
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Problem is, we don't differentiate much from soldiers to military members. Vet's preference for a six tour Iraq/Afghan soldier with an amputation, is the same as a 4yr slacker who spent his time in Kentucky and gets a monthly check for life due to sleep apnea!

And the vast majority of military members never go into harm's way.
Just so you know, those of us that did go into harms way, could have never done it without the support of many other soldiers working to keep them supplied and the wheels moving, and to take care of us that did get harmed. I do not now, nor have I ever looked down on the support troops, yes we did have not so nice ways of refering to them such as REMFs, but the reality is they perfomed a vital service and we respected their service. FYI, today even a clerk can end up in a combat zone by simply driving down the road in some places in the world, and injured or dead is the same no matter what MOS you have.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:38 AM
 
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Good article!
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