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To: dakine; NormsRevenge

I enlisted a few years after the Vietnam War ended. I was a pampered princess from an upper-middle class family. I had a full academic scholarship to Luther College in Iowa. I didn't have to join; I wanted to see the World! Then I ended up loving it so much and I was good at it, so I stayed for twenty years.

I enlisted during the Carter years of no jobs, no gasoline and 18% interest rates! These kids want to serve, just as I did. And God Bless Them!

Economics rarely play into someone's decision to join up, no matter what the MSM tries to tell us. :)

If I can find my link to data that shows who enlists, I'll post it. I had a hard drive crash a while ago and lost some really good stuff. :(

14 posted on 12/12/2006 2:48:51 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
"I was a pampered princess from an upper-middle class family. I had a full academic scholarship to Luther College in Iowa. I didn't have to join....."

But...but...Jon Cary says that only those with no other options enlist in the military.

You know...those who didn't study, etc.

Surely Jonn Keri would know.

He served in Vietnam, you know! (/sarcasm).

Congratulations on your wise decision and thank you for your service.

39 posted on 12/12/2006 4:42:31 PM PST by albee (The best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Diana, I praise your loyalty to our country and also praise you for your service to her.

I joined in 1978, seven days after my last drinking binge as a free man and eight days after graduating high school. I was disappointed not to fight in Viet Nam, as strange as that sounds now. I went to school to be a military police officer, airborne, Ranger, and a sniper. I was involved in three operations during my time in the Army. I was wounded in Germany in 1985 and medically discharged in 1987. I loved the lifestyle in the Army. I loved serving my country. I was proud to protect my country and other countries from communism and any other threat to her. I would rejoin today if I could, but my disabilities won't allow me to.
Every time I see a veteran or active duty military person, I go out of my way to go over to them, shake their hand and thank them for their service to a country who, for the most part now, don't want them to WIN in Iraq and Afghanistan. I dislike and distrust any politician that doesn't WANT a victory, i.e: sKerry, Pelois, etc.... I can't understand why Washington won't let the generals do what they are supposed to do. Kill the enemy and win the war.
Lastly, I apologize to FR'ers for me carrying on. God love us and our country. May He help the politicians see what they are doing is wrong and may He protect the service personnel from danger while they do their duty.
60 posted on 12/12/2006 8:10:59 PM PST by antiunion person (Thanks to all our service people who are in harm's way.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Oh, I know there are good reasons for enlisting. I just like to try and look at the other side....


77 posted on 12/13/2006 1:23:43 AM PST by dakine
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