Combat




 
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April 29th, 2004  
USMC Johnny
 

Topic: Combat


I have a real problem that I need to get off my chest.

I cannot stand people that come on this site, saying "I want to see combat" "I'm going to be a special forces hero" stuff like that.

The whole purpose of being in the military is to be a deterent to the enemy so that you do not have to fight, and fighting is the last resort.

But these kids who have not seen combat(which I have) and have not been shot at(which I have) have no clue what they are talking about.

I was in Afghanistan for 3 weeks, and I never yeah never want to go back into combat for the rest of my natural life, and pray my kids will never have to go into war.

So people, please think before you post about war/combat. And take the advice of those who have been there. It isn't pretty, and should not be something to "look forward" to.
April 29th, 2004  
Redleg
 
 
I couldn't agree more with you..

Quote:
"War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it. "
- Desiderius Erasmus
Quote:
"It is well that war is so terrible, else we should grow too fond of it."
- General Robert E. Lee
And one final one from Eisenhower that says a lot about this subject:

Quote:
"I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity."
-General Dwight D. Eisenhower
If the only reason you are going to join the military is to "see action/combat" I would suggest that you do some serious research and rethinking first..
Most elite units in the world (Ranger/Airborne/SFs etc.) are very good at sorting out "Rambo wannabees" so you wont get far with an attitude like that anyway.

My suggestion is that you stop beliving that all you see on TV/Movies is the real thing, it ain't...
Wanting to join the military to "see some action" isn't necessarily a bad thing, as long as it isn't the only reason you want to join.
Talk to people who has been in combat, and you would probably get a whole different view on the subject.

I can also recomend that you read this one:
http://www.military-quotes.com/forum...pic.php?t=1511
It gives you a good reality check.

Feel free to ask all kinds of questions, we have members with all kinds of experience here, but please do some thinking about why you want to ask the question before you post it here.
April 29th, 2004  
FutureRANGER
 
 
Hm what I find interesting is that the recruiting campaigns for the services sometimes emphasise the action. This package I got from the Navy (I'm 14, 13 at the time lol) had a sheet of magnets with such thing printed on them like "Action/Adventure is more than a section at the video store".

The Army released a computer game which of course features action and combat like any other game.

Just something to think about.
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April 29th, 2004  
Redleg
 
 
As I said, joining the military to get some more action in your life doesn't have to be a bad thing, as long as it isn't the only reason why you want to join..
I think you'll soon enough get a surprise if it is.
I've had a lot of fun in my time in the Army, but it's far from fun all the time..

And the "action" we are talking about in the above posts is "combat action", not the everyday training "action".

The military comercials has also been discussed here before:
http://www.military-quotes.com/forum...ic.php?p=11258
April 29th, 2004  
USMC Johnny
 
Another thing is..

People do not realize the psychological effect that being shot at or shooting at someone has on their mind.

I mean you see it in the video games and it is nothing. But in real life you body and brain does not want to act upon the situation.

I mean for weeks and weeks after I got back, I though to myself "did I hit anyone" "I hope I did" then 2 hours later "I hope I didn't". It effects you, but as long as the cause is just. It serves a purpose.

You just do not want to seek action/combat/war for no apparent reason, they must be a clarity to what you are doing.

But remember this, you are a solider, you job is to kill people. Simple As that, if you cannot bear that fact in mind, do not, repeat do not join the military.
April 30th, 2004  
Devil_Dog17
 
Wow that was awesome. I want to be a Marine to be a Marine. However I would like to really feel that I served my country by fighting for it. America is something I really believe in. Everything that it stands for (not necessarily what the president is for, Americans to often hate america just becuase of politicians. They have to understand that it means more. It does to me so come hell or high water America is me and I will fight.
May 1st, 2004  
rpgincoming
 
I joined the military to give back to the land i love so dearly, i do not want to go into combat but i will to uphold what is good and right, to say you want to go into combat is a lie, a few of my buddies in the unit talk about how lucky we'd be to get into a big historical battle, and i tell them we're lucky we havent even been shot at yet. i was in bosnia and was lucky never to be fired upon, and i never had to fire my weapon, i saw people with aks and the thought occured to me that i could die here. its really hard to sleep overseas because you never know what will happen. thanks for letting me share this.
May 2nd, 2004  
Snauhi
 
you are sooo right those people that says have watched Rambo or black hawk down tooo much times.
May 2nd, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 
Quote:
I mean you see it in the video games and it is nothing. But in real life you body and brain does not want to act upon the situation.
Yes...i havent been shot at but the onetime i thought i am going to have to use my weapon, my knees shook for like 2 hours...i was still capable of doing it...but it was a scarry thing...
May 2nd, 2004  
Snauhi
 
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Originally Posted by sherman105
Quote:
I mean you see it in the video games and it is nothing. But in real life you body and brain does not want to act upon the situation.
Yes...i havent been shot at but the onetime i thought i am going to have to use my weapon, my knees shook for like 2 hours...i was still capable of doing it...but it was a scarry thing...
yeah you must master the fear, thats why al SF are good