Comment: I was enlisted in the Air

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I was enlisted in the Air

I was enlisted in the Air Force from 2000-2005. I was not an officer, and that is a different mind frame than the enlisted troops, and a pilot is a different mindset than a general paper pushing officer.

I won't tell you what to do, but I was a 20 year old on 9/11, and a 22 year old that fueled fighter jets in Kuwait to "shock and awe" Iraq for imaginary links to Al Qaeda and WMDs.

I am still trying to come to terms with self loathing over what I was a part of. Hindsight is 20/20 after all. When it came to Iraq, I know those planes I fueled were terrorizing innocent men, women, and children, along with turning them into chunks of meat splattered on walls. I personally wouldn't recommend joining the military, I would recommend sending your kid to medical school or something else that would be a benefit to humanity. If the U.S. is invaded, he can always pick up a rifle and go to work as a patriot providing actual defense. With the pilots it is basically like high school cliques, if you want to be popular and earn rank, you have to be a cocky jerk that likes lording over people. Kinda like jocks in High School.