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i iknow all of this except for having a kid, only 20 and no family of my own (wife and kid)

Any fellow Marines

Your alarm goes off, you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10 minutes.

He stays up for days on end.
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You take a warm shower to help you wake up.

He goes days or weeks without running water.
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You complain of a "headache", and call in sick.

He gets shot at, as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.
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You put on your anti war/don't support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.

He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.
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You make sure you're cell phone is in your pocket.

He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.
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You talk trash on your "buddies" that aren't with you.

He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

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You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.

He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.
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You complain about how hot it is.

He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.
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You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.

He does not get to eat today.
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Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.

He wears the same things for months, but makes sure his weapons are clean.
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You go to the mall and get your hair redone.

He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.
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You are angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.

He is told he will be held an extra 2 months.
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You call your girlfriend and set a date for that night.

He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.
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You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.

He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.
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You roll your eyes as a baby cries.

He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.
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You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.

He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own government and remembers why he is fighting.
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You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of the men like him.

He hears the gun fire and bombs.
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You see only what the media wants you to see.

He sees the bodies lying around him.
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You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.

He does what he is told.
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You stay at home and watch TV.

He takes whatever time he is given to call and write home, sleep, and eat.
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You crawl into your bed, with down pillows, and try to get comfortable.

He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be woken by gun fire.
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You sit there and judge him, saying the world is a worse place because of men like him.

If only there were more men/women like him!
 

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reading this reminded me of something else along these lines:

and just taking a minute to thank all our military boys. Regardless of whether I agree with the politics or not, I appreciate everything you've done for us.

Take a man and make him alone,
Put him twelve thousand miles from home.
Empty his heart of all but blood,
Make him live in sand, in mud.
This is the life he has to live,
This the soul to God he gives.
You have your parties and drink your beer,
While young men are dying over there.
Use your signs and have your fun,
But then refuse to use a gun.
There's nothing else for you to do,
Then he's supposed to die for you?
There is one thing that you should know;
And that's where I think you should go!
He's already there and it's too late.
He's traded all his love for all this hate.
He'll hate you till the day he dies.
Cuz you made him hear his buddy cry.
He heard the screams and saw the blood shed,
Then he heard them say, "This one's dead".
It was a large price for him to pay,
To let you live another day.
He had the guts to fight and die,
To keep the freedom you live by.
By his dying, your life he buys,
But who gives a FUCK if a Soldier dies!

I give a fuck...for my navy boys, for my marines, for all my guys who's been there. Much love and respect for everything you've done for us!
 

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:cheers

It's funny, i used to live in vegas... so went back on leave once, and all of it's true... even the extreme parts. Some people are just... well... dumb...
 

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You know who really does not understand...young adults....they seem to live in a different world and have no clue as to what goes on beyond the US borders. They are of the "get mine" mind set and do not give a darn about anything outside of their niche. Now I do know there there are a lot of your adults who join the services....and I am not speaking of them.
 

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You know who really does not understand...young adults....they seem to live in a different world and have no clue as to what goes on beyond the US borders. They are of the "get mine" mind set and do not give a darn about anything outside of their niche. Now I do know there there are a lot of your adults who join the services....and I am not speaking of them.
Just FYI, the OP 'macko300exc' got busted here a while back for falsely claiming to be in the military. He's not.
 

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Wow, well that is just plan wrong. Some people...
 

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You know who really does not understand...young adults....they seem to live in a different world and have no clue as to what goes on beyond the US borders. They are of the "get mine" mind set and do not give a darn about anything outside of their niche. Now I do know there there are a lot of your adults who join the services....and I am not speaking of them.
Yep. I took the military road out of high school, and view things a LOT differently than my civilian friends back home.
 
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