Assumption of Command

20 March 2005

Thunder 6

Thunder 6 @ 365 and a wakeup has a MUST READ post. He has a discussion with one of his soldiers on why he is a soldier. It is an amazing piece of work.

The SAT:
"The Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools."
- Thucydides
He starts off with this great quote. Right now, there is a debate at Columbia University about the restoration of their ROTC program. This is exactly why Columbia needs ROTC. But this is not the point of Thunder 6's post.
As he closed his eyes I told him to imagine his young wife, his beautiful infant daughter and the future he wanted for them. He paused a moment and a smile slowly creased his face. As he looked up I caught his eyes and told him a simple truth. I told him that the thin line that separates the two realities isn’t a line on a map or the signature block on a document filled with hollow proclamations. The dividing line between the two kingdoms is a long line of soldiers. And that is why I’m proud to call myself a soldier. Its not about a lack of options, or the size of my paycheck. Its about what kind of world I want to leave for my children if I am lucky enough to be a father.

You need to read it for yourself.

To tell you the truth, I never really thought about it too much. I, like Thunder 6, had help from the Army to pay for my college expenses. I, like Thunder 6, am a Citizen Soldier. I, like Thunder 6, am currently more soldier than citizen. While being the Citizen part of Citizen Soldier, I saw the war start, but I didn't really wonder if they would send me. I truly didn't worry about it. But what I did know is that if they called, I would go. I knew that if duty called, I would not back down from it. I would not try to “get out of it.” That is not who I am. I didn't go out of my way to be sent on this "Extended Desert Vacation Getaway", but I knew in my heart that I would not back down from the challenge if it was presented to me. And still to this day, I am facing the challenges of deployment.

(Via: Road Warrior Survival)