I can’t count the number of discussions that I’ve had with a good friend of mine. The question that is always discussed between us is, “Why join the military to fight for your country?”

If anything I think that this question has many sides to it. On one hand I try to look at it from her point of view, but society is much different in Texas than in Austria. So I’ve spent my last weeks here in the military thinking of how to write about this topic. I would hope that I played a small part in defending freedom. Whether you agree or disagree with the conflicts that we are involved in, as cheesy as it might sound, I believe in this country. I remember sitting in my classroom looking at the Twin Towers being attacked and I remember feeling so hopeless and defenseless. I never wanted to feel like that again so I decided right then and there that I would do my part for this country. Now I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed every day here, but I’m doing this so that I can play a part in never feeling like that ever again.

On the other hand we(the military) are often portrayed as brainwashed and on a mission to kill everything. I can’t say that I agree with that because it is generalizing everyone into a single category. Now I’m not saying that we are all saints, but we sure as hell aren’t all on some crazy path. Behind the propaganda and bad publicity we are just normal individuals trying to live life.

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
John Stuart Mill

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