The economy is on the rocks and for a lot of young people one of the few ways for them to make it in life is to join the armed forces it seems, what do you think?
one of my close relatives is asking himself should I join the armed forces?
His mother and father are both bible thumping Christians and he is as well, I'm trying to come up with some good reasons to give him not to join, I hope it's not too late to try to help him make the best choice.
I'm sure that many of us have people we know who are asking the same question so how about it what can we tell them to help them make the best choice?
Thats a good idea, when I talk to my nephew I will ask him to talk to people who have already served, another thing to look at is what good is the US military doing in the country's they are fighting in and what are their objectives and are the results of the actions in those wars producing results that are worth the blood and money that are being spent there?
There are, of course, noble reasons to serve in the military, but to have a job isn't one of them. Military training teaches young people to obey orders without question or hesitation, to accede to the will of the driven herd, and to use their physical and mental skills to prevail in combat; that is, to kill the enemy.
On balance, these are not wholesome or desirable attitudes for a person to acquire early in life. They can be debilitating psychologically, and if these forcefully instilled attitudes and skills are pressed into service, the implications for health later in life can often be suspect. Better to attend school and train to master a needed workplace skill than to look for validation and potential promise after military service.
Don, Based on what you've written there doesn't seem to be any noble reasons to serve in the military. However, you stated that there are noble reasons. What might those be?
BTW Les, joining the military "just to have a job" is the choice many have made. I don't think its a good reason, but it is what it what is. You need to think about that one real hard. The military is not just another job. Another tidbit, you will be placed where they need you, not where you what to be. It doesn't matter if you have the greatest skills ever for a cook. If they need an grunt more that is where you will go (grunt = soldier/marine that does the shooting).
You mean, "...there don't seem to be any noble reasons..." ;)
To put it simply and grandly, the defense of one's home and one's freedoms, when they are under attack or gravely threatened by greedy or hateful military powers is a noble reason to serve. If I had been a Frenchman at the time of the Nazi occupation I would have fought for my country and my people.