When I personally think of war, along with many other Americans, I think of this brave and heroic thing that only the elite are able to perform. And the thought of men and women going overseas to “Fight for Our Country” somehow seems idolized. When in reality, do people even understand they are killing (sometimes) innocent people for? Most likely they do not. When you sign yourself up for something like this, you have to think of the consequences. Ask yourself these questions; “Am I okay with having to leave my family to go kill people constantly for a year, and then have to go back and do it again?” “Am I okay with possibly killing someone else’s family member for my country’s ‘benefit'”? Now don’t get me wrong, I know that there are people in the military that are overseas that are doctors or design something like a drone to benefit the soldiers, and they are not out in the line of fire. But are they not all there to do the same thing? Keep our country “Free”. Like how free we are to go to church every Sunday to worship freely. Or how no matter what race or gender you are, you get to vote. Or how you are able to obtain any kind of gun you want with a simple piece of paper and freely walk into a movie theater and massacre everyone in it. All because you have the “Right” to do so.
Just like Mary states in Slaughterhouse-Five, “You’ll pretend they’re men instead of babies” Page 14. Then the narrator goes on to say about Mary, “She didn’t want her babies or anybody else’s babies killed in wars” Page 15. It’s some high school boys dream to graduate, and then go straight into the military to “make something of themselves”. They are only eighteen so they are adults and legally can make their own decisions. And then the parents of their babies are left to just keep praying that their child (that isn’t even old enough to legally consume alcohol) are able to make it through training camp and then to be shipped out to some foreign country and survive. But of course they have to make it through training first, and if they don’t, that puts a huge baron on their shoulders because they weren’t good enough to serve their country. Doesn’t sound familiar? What about being picked last to be on someone’s dodge ball team because you are not the fastest and all the other players are out having fun and you were basically the reject. Or you didn’t get picked for the fraternity/sorority that you rushed for, because you weren’t going to benefit them in some way. Rejection is all around us, and we all take it differently.
So the next time you see something that says “Army Strong” maybe think of what kind of strong you need to be “Army Strong”