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I'm a Soldier

" I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.  I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.

I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.


I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.  I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier."

 

This to me is who I am and how I live.  I believe that this explains a lot of things and tells you most likely what you'll find in me.

evilkittymew evilkittymew 36-40, F 11 Responses Sep 13, 2008

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Thank you for your service. This country is proud to have brave soldiers like you defending us.

Competence is my watchword. My two basic responsbilities will always be uppermost in my mind, the accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my soldiers.<br />
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That is enough to get you through the day. Thats what I do in a nutshell.

Bless you for your courage and service.

I've been in this war from the start as an Infantry man. I have 2 years in Iraq. I love my country and do what they tell me to do. I've had a few friends die over there and many others wounded. I don't contribute their death or injuries to the country. Meaning, is the gov right or wrong. That to me is irrelevant. They fought bravely and died with honor and I will never forget them. I continue in the army for their memories and a chance to build apon what they sacrificed. Men who bled for this country did so for our way of life, even if the governments decision is debatable. Our Gov is the result of the peoples ideas and convictions. I still believe this to be the case. Even if I don't agree on a personal level with who was voted in.<br />
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This is why I abhore those funeral protestors. We do what the American people tell us to do. So I agree, protest the government, it is your right. Leave the soldier out of it. The act of protesting a funeral is the most detestable act I can think of.

I'm in VA. And there are scum who have tried to protest at the funerals. (fortunately there is an old (civil war) law that won't let them do it within a country mile of the cemetary. <br />
And my cousin has told me of the ones at his base gates.<br />
That is embarassing to me. I don't believe this war is one we should have engadged. BUT!!! We are there, our sons and daughters, husbands, wives, moms and dads. They are the first arm of our defense, they are a tool of policy. But first and foremost they are American.<br />
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All my respect you and others who serve proudly. Thank-you.<br />
and stay safe :)

In Oregon we've had protesters at our armories - to the point where we were under orders not to wear our uniforms into work out of fear that the protesters might attack us.

I have not seen any protesters at the bases in our area. <br />
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If people feel the need to protest they should protest at the State and local governments. They should Not protest funerals or military bases that represent those under orders.

"All enemies forien and domestic" I do remember swearing to that - and I agree for the most part, this war is becoming vietnam all over again and people don't see it. A lot of individuals think that it's "support the troops not the war" but they're not seeing the same protesters I get to deal with - the ones who don't support the troops and protest us at our armories and bases and worse - funerals. <br />
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Regardless of my own opinions on this war (I don't believe you can truly battle a war against an idea) I find myself feeling for those who served in vietnam and have been treated poorly for thier service - while I had a choice - many of them did not, they were drafted and rather then dodge they did thier duty to the united states only to be persecuted for it. <br />
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I made a vietnam vet smile recently - he was standing out on the side of the road (I wasn't in uniform) doing what many of our homeless vets do and rather then give him money, I simply said "Thank you for your service and welcome home. " He smiled and you could see the pride swell up in him, it was so touching that he actually thanked me for thanking him and told me that it was the first time since he came back from vietnam that anyone has told him something like that.<br />
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War isn't the fault of soldiers - we should never punish them, war is the fault of corporations, companies, politicians, lobbyiests and others who play in the political arena, but not the soldiers.<br />
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I thank full heartedly everyone who has ever served today, yesterday and in the future.

No one is more professional than I. I am a Non Commissioned Officer, a leader of Soldiers.

I stand and salute you Kitty. This country of ours is not perfect, and I do not support war, but I have the utmost respect for those who choose to serve and protect us. <br />
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Thank you.

I served the Corps in the years following Vietnam 77-81.<br />
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Unfortunately, in this era I believe the enemies are domestic. They have done more to damage America and the Constitution than any foreign attack - this concerns me. If I had been in at this time I would be conflicted in my patriotism. When in harms way the primary duty is to each other, survival. To be a tool of some corporation or a party to engage in empire building are not values that I would be willing to fight and possibly die for.<br />
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My duty would be to the people, the Constitution, not a group of war profiteers. Of course personally given the trends in the States the military experience could be profitable. It will provide openings in various corporations and enterprises to stop civil dissension. <br />
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Do not envy you your position - Semper Fi