Skip to comments.An Open Letter To Free Republic
Posted on 09/29/2004 7:41:48 AM PDT by Old Sarge
Many of you who inhabit this virtual home of ours, know me by reputation, and a few personally. I am so proud to be counted among your ranks, and numbered among your company. We laugh, we cheer, we argue, we fight, we weep, we support, and we live, all in this place we call home. And all who do know me, know that my greatest wish is to serve this nation of ours in uniform.
That opportunity has arisen once again, as I return to Active Duty once more. This time, though, the mission is something unique to my experience, something I have never done in twenty-plus years of Active, Reserve and National Guard service. For as of next month, I shall become a Recruiter.
Yes, you heard it. I shall shortly become one of those intrepid souls who venture out into the countryside, into the schools, the marketplaces, the state and county fairs, and anywhere else that citizens gather, to bring to them the virtues and distinctiveness of military life.
Now, I am going to confess something, here. I know that I shall be bringing to the job a very unique set of skills and experiences. I know that usually the older recruiters have an advantage over younger troops in the job, because theyve seen and done so much more. That would be true, if this were a parallel universe.
This is a nation at war. A war that is not only on the battlefields, but also in the minds and hearts of its own citizens. Young folks today are technologically savvy, have better access to more data, and their innate distrust of adults has been hardened by focus-group-tested ads. In short, I shall be playing to a very hostile audience, which has been fed the bitter food of a poisoned ideology.
And this is where you, each of you, come in. As I begin this mission, I am recognizing that I must be better informed than anyone else, more than ever before, about more issues than I gave myself time to consider. And there is no better place to find these things, as I tell my soldiers who ask me, than Free Republic.
I need links, Web pages, facts and evidence, for the questions and sound bites that will be cast upon me. Young people have issues that matter to them: jobs, education, the draft, to name a few. I dont doubt there are others; I need those, as well.
So, consider this an open appeal to my Pajama Patriot comrades. Help me to prepare for these upcoming debates. Arm me with fact and truth. Equip me with the data, debunked or confirmed, to do one sincere thing: to help me articulate what I might not otherwise say clearly, that their nation, this mightiest and best of nations, is worth their support and their service, and that there is no more honorable and noble title than United States Service Member.
Work hard and go with God, my friend.
I salute you Sarge. Good Luck on your new venture!!
Kerry is a toad for example and Edwards is a ......
No, wait you want something you can use.
Well,then, good luck in your new work in that case.
This is great! Good for you.
Thank you for your service. Advice from one who recently enlisted - be honest, don't intimidate and don't make calls at dinner time.
I second that. Your recruiting efforts are to be admired and will assist the U.S. in the war on terror. Thank you.
I have no doubt you will be a great one. Good Luck!
God bless you Old Sarge, we are here to serve...ask and you will receive.
Thanks for your service. Again!
Thank you and God Bless you.
God bless you and all the brave men and women in uniform.
Good on ya, my friend, which I am proud to consider you. Best wishes in your new service to our country.
Thanks for your service Sarge and God's blessings on your new endeavor.
A recruiter !?!? What little credibility you had before will now evaporate ; )
Congradulations. Anyway I can help, just say so. Can you recruit 50 year old USAF Cold War vets?
You are my hero!
God Bless You
Whatever you need Sarge, you know where to find me...
Good luck in your endeavor.
May I suggest you create a ping list, so you can ping those willing to help.
If you do so, please add me and I will do what I can.
(But you never got back to me with the results of that "homework assignment" we discussed a few months ago. LOL.)
Sarge, God go with and keep you my friend. We here at FR will help with gathering info for you.
May I be your first recruit? I want to re-up!
Thanks for stepping forward again. Let us know how we can help you.
Ya know, those words were among the first out of my NCOIC's mouth.....
Bump for later and a big OORAH!!, Sarge.
You will serve in the future, as you have in the past.......
With honor, courgage and distinction.
Good luck and God bless.
Good for you Sarge. Thank you for your continued service. You just holler when you think the folks at the Foxhole can help. We're here for you.
While I can't do a lot, I can do a little in honor of your service. I think I'll order some pizzas and send them down to our local recruiting office today.
I'm an "old guy", but I too share your desire to get back into uniform.
If you can pull some strings, I'll suspend my Social Security checks, and go back on active duty. Hell, I could be a company clerk (see how well I type?!,and let some younger soldier be assigned to something more productive.
I can be your first recruit.Sign me up, and tell me where to report for basic!! :o) (Now going into attic to see how much those fatigues shrunk since I last wore them!)
I'm expecting lots of political slurs coming my way. What I need is to be able to debunk the slurs as they occur.
Fast comebacks seem to play well.
We're all pulling for you out here. Please send your recruits on over to the FR Canteen, where they will be supported and entertained!
Thank you and God Bless you, Old Sarge
Old Sarge, God Bless and keep you. I retired after 24 years in the USAF and now work as a DoD civilian. This puts me smack-dab in the middle of a lot of enlisted and even a number of officers. If you ever need perspective or other information, feel free to ask...
As long as I have inspiration from people like you, I'll never stop.
And we'll always dance, you and I.
Best of luck!
You will do a great job!
Good luck out there. If I can think of any words of wisdom, I will surely pass them along. I never got tapped for recruiting duty, thankfully.
Actually, the cutoff is 35 years and 364 days, if I'm not mistaken. And the lower limit is 17 with parental consent.
I'll firm these numbers up when I report.
Sarge, charge right on into the fray - God Speed!
awwwwwwwwwww, I have missed you these last couple of days!
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