Why do men and women serve? Answer = For you!
I was inspired by a story wrote by the daughter of a long serving soldier it was about the reason that a British war time veteran rejoined the British Army after being disillusioned with life as a civilian back in the 1950’s.
This story made me think about my own past career in the services, where as the veteran had been an officer it was something I never wanted to be. I actually refused the chance three times, I loved being a soldier.
The veteran rejoins to gain respect and to serve over seas in fact Kenya. I myself signed on for adventure and to travel and to give something back to the country I was born into. My father had also been a soldier before him my granddad, both had survived world wars. They had the medals to prove they where amongst the unsung hero’s, the medals where campaign ones, where the some of worst and most savage battles took place.
My first years as a soldier where spent in Germany I had been indoctrinated in anti communism and the need to protect my fellow citizens and family at home from an invasion from Russian troops. I then served in Gibraltar protecting the locals from invasion of Spanish forces. Then Northern Island protect British citizens from the wrath of terrorist groups it was in fact an ugly task because of rioting, stone throwing and the bombs and damn terrorist snipers. I in fact hated being spat at more than any thing else, then having to hold my temper. Northern Ireland is where I lost the enchantment and much of the military political indoctrination it was because of my military intelligence role. It’s where I learned about the political influence and what the elitist wanted to gain.
However like my grandfather and my father I have earned medals I had respect and been part of one of the most respected Armies in the world and served in some of the oldest and regiments famed for there bravery where each and every man served his country for possibly the same reasons I did. No one wanted to go to war each one knowing the need to protect a nation they loved.
My gripe is that the leaders have always found ways of using their armies for what they really are not intended for. Such as going to war with countries that have not threaten their nation but stand in the way of their political or capitalist needs of making bigger profits. With Iraq and Afghanistan it was all about USA’s personal interest concerning China and the tie between both USA’s and UK oil companies needs as well.
British soldiers are there to serve their country and those that are in British sovereignty and should never, never been used like a private own army for greedy Elitist and a foreign government (USA).
Looking at the story about the veteran his ideas like my grandfathers and my father and mine where our own mindset as no soldier actual fulfills the roll he or she thought they where playing. It’s why soldiers are indoctrinated to do so that makes them think the tasks that corrupt governments send them on are right and just.
The ploy in both Iraq and Afghanistan was your freeing the citizen there from aggression and fighting for democracy. The war on terror factor of hit them at home so they don’t bring terror to your home land is not working. But it’s the main factor fed to the troops to make them feel they are fulfilling their roll of protecting there families and fellow citizens at home.
Please remember that soldiers feel they are doing the right thing your own forces are indoctrinated in the idea they are serving you and your country. If you have gripes about why they are fighting those gripes should be pointed at the political elite that lie and fool the military that they are there to do a useful job.
I can say clearly as an ex soldier I served my country the best way I could and now I know the amount of times I have been fooled by the leaders of my country. I can hold my head up high for I was there for the right reasons, my reasons. That’s all any ex-military service man can say. The guys on the battle fields are there also for their own right reasons.
The story that inspired mine..
I observed the two minutes of silence on November 11.
I bought a poppy and thought of my Dad, someone I always miss at this time of year.
He wasn’t killed in action, but he served in the Second World War – he was a captain in a tank regiment – and lost many friends.
Up until he died, in his early 80s, his time in the Armed Forces remained the best days of his life.
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