Memories of Military Life Can be Hard to Grasp

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Military news…

No, Air Force F-22 fighter pilots are not quitting en masse in protest of the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, as one viral video on Twitter falsely claims, And even if they were, it would not spell doom for Taiwan.

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One of the many victims of the 9/11 terror attacks was the post-Cold War myth of American invincibility. Over the course of the past two decades, that myth was further worn away by cheap, hidden IEDs; a forever war and the mental and physical scars it left behind.

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My goal was to give the military community something to cheer for.” That’s from Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Marks, an Army combat medic who broke a world record while winning the gold medal in the women’s 100m backstroke at the 2020 Paralympic Games last week in Tokyo, Japan. The gold is just the latest in her five-medal collection.

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Short military news today. I am sharing another excerpt from my upcoming book, Signs of hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

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This is a partial list of the Table of Contents with chapter titles and description:

Mass Physicals in the Military

Twenty-five men standing in a row stark naked.

You May Never Know Who Your Friends Are in the Military

The Draftees didn’t like our Drill Sergeant

Draftees Were Totally Different

We invited them to our blanket parties.

Honors Marching Soldiers

My “Mean,” Drill Sergeant Put me in a Honors Marching unit.

The Military Food Wasn’t as Bad as Advertised

SOS ended up being one of my favorite meals.

Taking an Aim on Perfection

My adventures at the firing range.

Soldiers of the Month

My drill sergeant choose me for soldier of the month.

This is my Rifle; This is my Gun

Soldiers had to sleep with their rifles when they called it a gun.

Sometimes the Answers Are Available for You

We had to have a bed you could bounce a quarter off of.

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More chapters and description in the next post on Wednesday.

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Do you have memories of your military time? Was it all good?

If not… FEAR NOT!!

There are over 12,980 fellow veterans here who have your back.

If that isn’t enough, GET HELP!!

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You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Drafted People in the Military Were Not Always Happy

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No Military news today. Just me ranting and raving. 🙂

I am wondering what our government is thinking lately. President Biden, has said, “Cut the Military budget.” He wants the money for his infrastructure ideas.

Cutting the military budget for this will greatly hamper the military’s abilities to replace outdated equipment and give the soldiers the raise they need.

Doesn’t make much sense to me.

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Kamala Harris finally went down south to what she calls the border. Where she went was to El Paso, Texas. That isn’t even close to a trouble spot. I have been to El Paso several times and never felt threatened by illegals.

She needs to go the hot spots and talk to the Border Patrol there to see what is really going on.

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I am looking back a ways, but I was very disappointed when Biden called up thousands of the National Guard to “protect,” the Capital.

When they got there it was all over. No rioting, no thousands of protestors. Silence.

He kept them there for a couple of weeks or more. What a waste of your tax payers money.

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I am going to share an excerpt from my book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

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Drafted Soldiers are Totally Different From the Enlisted Men

One of the interesting things while I was in the military were the drafted soldiers. They were selected in the lottery, or by age. If you were over a certain age you were safe. If you were in College they seemed to leave you alone, but if you were not you were prime bait.

There were a lot of bitterness coming from these soldiers. They didn’t want to be there and they let you know about it. Those of us that were enlisted got very tired of their whining, and had several “blanket parties,” because of it.

A blanket party is when a group of soldiers cover up another soldier with a blanket and roughed him up a little. A blanket party could also be when a soldier hasn’t showered for a long time even after all the rigorous training we had.

The draftees only had to serve two years. By the time you were through basic training and your MOS (your job) training you only has about one year left. You could almost do that standing on your head.

I felt like I was doing something good for my country, and for me as well. The military changed my life completely. I needed the structure. I needed the discipline. I needed the special training. I needed to get away from my safe haven at home, and learn more about the world. I got all of that in the three years I served. I felt the draftees should have thought about this themselves.

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I will share some excerpts in the future. So be sure to come back often to see the progress of the book. Better yet...go to the top of this page and click on “subscribe.” When you do all future posts will come directly to your inbox.

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Checking in on you. How are you doing? Has it felt like a magnate was pulling you down in this world?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 12,420 fellow veterans here who have your back.

Please if it is just to much for you, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

Never face the storms of life alone.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1 For texting 838255

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Basic Training in The Military Can be Interesting and Quite a Rude Awakening

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I have had a drastic drop in subscribers recently. From 2-24-21 to 3-1-21 I have only had 7 new subscribers, when I averaged over 20 a day.

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I am going to share some more excerpts from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of life. with you today. They are from different parts of my military career.

In Basic Training, back in my day, we still had draftees. we had two in my platoon. They were not happy campers. The rest of us who enlisted finally told them to shut up and serve.

One of the draftees wouldn’t stop. He was a Native American. He was a good sized drink of water. Looked kind of like a linebacker.

The drill sergeant finally had enough of his whining and told him to straighten up and serve his country proudly. The Native American told him where to go.

The drill sergeant then told him to come into his room at the end of the barracks. It was pretty quiet for a while, and then all hell broke loose from that room. You could hear crashing of things, grunts of pain; cursing, and screaming.

Then it got very quiet again. We all figured that our drill sergeant had been beaten up, because he was 5’9′ and couldn’t have weighed more than 150 pounds. The Native American was 6 foot tall and around 200 pounds.

The door slowly came open and out staggered our drill sergeant. He looked like he had hit by a truck, but he was still standing. We all rushed to look in his room and there was the Native American out cold on the floor.

We had nothing but respect for our drill sergeant after that. Even the native american respected him.

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While I was deployed to South Korea, they gave us a thing called R&R. (Rest and recuperation.)

It was a week of going to Tokyo, Japan. All paid with free room and board. My very first vacation.

A buddy and I got there and settled down. The next day we went touring the area. We saw Japanese flower gardens. Pagodas, and lots of shopping areas. We were awestruck. Nothing like this back in the states!

Later in the week, we decided to venture into a bar that could be considered a disco bar later on in the states. We sat down and had a couple of beers.

Then an announcer who spoke English came on and announced that there was a belly dancer coming out to dance for us.

He went on to say that they were having a contest. The contest was to see who could hold onto the belly dancer’s hips the longest while she shimmied.

The dancer came out. She was beautiful and a caucasian girl. She started dancing around the circle of tables. At each table she would stop and invite a soldier to try to hold on to her. There were many who tried, but none that could hold on very long.

Then she came to my table. I had way too much the drink by that time and accepted the challenge. I put my hands on her hips and she began to shimmy. I kept a hold of her until she had to stop to rest.

I had won the contest. Then the announcer said what the prize was. YOU GET FREE DRINKS FOR THE REST OF THE EVENING!

Just what I didn’t need!! I also looked at my hands and they were full of blisters. The pain was setting in. What did I do about it? Had several more beers. I do not recall the rest of the evening. My buddy must have gotten me back to our hotel.

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More excerpts coming in my next post.

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How are things going for you.

Was your basic training interesting, or a nightmare?

Did you have time off when you were deployed, or did you sleep in a trench?

Some good things and some very bad things right?

Fear not!

There are ver 11,580 fellow veterans here who have your back.

BUT! If you can not cope with our world today, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7.

There are highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are OK.

Never, ever, take on this world alone.

1-800-272-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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