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  •  It is a common problem for deeper individuals (9+ / 0-)

    to become disillusioned by the reality of military life. Remember we built it up as if it were some kind of Warrior Soceity (with all that can be conveyed through that word) but in reality, that only maybe exists in some form, in some segments of the military service.

    The rest of it, especially for junior personnel has a lot more of the feel of working in fast food. You are surrounded by mostly teenagers, who still act like teenagers, and the people in charge, are often in the their mid 20s with only "older" individuals in their 30s and 40s as senior personnel because the service is a young person's "game".

    It's full of all kinds of bullshit politics within the ranks,  which many will refer to as "playing the game", and that alone is both frustrating and off putting.

    Some people come to the realization that they put their life on the line for an organization and a mindset that they discover is 180 degrees out from their own worldview and how they themselves define character qualities like integrity, goodness, courage, etc.,  And that can be a really rough realization to live through.

    I went through that when I realized that no one wanted me there as a woman. That no matter how brave I was, how well I did my job, I could save a hundred babies from a burning building and to them I would still be a "split tail" That made me understand that I was in an unequal partnership with the service. That the quality of the stuff of myself that I was giving them--Courage, loyalty, critical thinking, goodness, integrity, etc., was of a much higher quality and came at a greater cost than the bullshit that was being reciprocated.

    Perhaps Bergdahl had one of those moments. I didn't leave however. I stuck it out. I wanted my benefits in full. And I couldn't let the bastards win. However I was never in a situation where I had to potentially kill people to do my job.

    "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

    by GreenMother on Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 07:59:32 AM PDT

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