Comment: You should do a write up too.

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You should do a write up too.

I have been very surprised how viral what I wrote went, within the DP. I never thought it was going to get so much attention, and everyone commenting has been very thoughtful and supportive.

Maybe what I wrote and other similar writings might be something someone can show to a High Schooler they know thinking about joining the military. I didn't know anyone in the military to talk to when I joined. The military was completely foreign, and it was a year before things really changed with 9/11. I really didn't expect anything other than peace time when I was in. I knew there could be a war, and I understood that as well as a 19 year old could. My son will not be joining the military.