ATTN Veterans and Active duty soldiers. Desperately need Advice.Submitted by thomast_555 on Tue, 02/07/2012 - 15:24
I wrote a similar post to this a short while ago but an article (http://armedforcesjournal.com/2012/02/8904030) I read on Drudge today caused me to try again. If you commented on my other post feel free to repost if you wish.
I am an MSIV in ROTC and about to commission as a 2LT in the Army as and Engineer. I contracted back in '08 when I was a "Star spangle eyed" neoconservative before my older brother help me begin my "path to enlightenment" by giving me Ron Paul's "The Revolution: A Manifesto". Since then I have continually researched and educated myself on the Constitution, the Concepts of Liberty, Austrian Economics, and both 'revised' and unrevised looks at world history. I now know that (most) "War is a Racket" (Important read for all liberty minded people)and am having a hard time dealing with the truths I have learned and working in the military. At times I feel like I'm committing treason when I don't agree with all the war mongering talk of my superiors. Knowing how these wars for profit are based off of so many lies and simply aren't successful (what ever that is) how can I justify killing, ordering to kill or getting killed and putting my friends and family through that? How can I support my mission if(when) I get deployed in a unjustified war? I.E. If we invade Iran because they "have" nukes and I read the IAEA report and know better than to buy all the war propaganda. Cadets I know view the Constitution as a 'tradition' and irrelevant. They have no problem with this new NDAA act. Right now correcting this view is one of the reasons I want to stay in. I hope to be able to make a positive impact at some point on the Army if worse comes to worse.
To be clear I love the Army and its culture. I joined to serve a nation that I was proud of. I am wholeheartedly committed to my job and the soldiers I will serve. But right now I cannot morally justify serving when I know the truth. I am hoping I could get some advice on how you dealt with these issues in your service and in hindsight if you have any recommendations for me. This is constantly on my mind and I cannot find any peace with the issue.
On a separate note, while I got the ear of likely some quality soldiers, if any of you have anything you would like to tell a 2LT before they got to your platoon, especially if you were a CO or PSG, please share that too. I.E. what you hated/liked about your PL.
Thanks in advance for your response.