Since 9/11, I’ve found myself wondering “what took you so long?” fairly often, about all sorts of things.
I leave the Army for good in September of this year. My chain of command has been shell shocked that I am going through with it. Two years ago when I first came to grips with what was happening and resolved to no longer be a part of it, there was derision and even an officer telling me that voicing my opinions about the state of the US economy and its moral failings could be considered a violation of the UCMJ for conduct “prejudicial to good order and discipline.”
When I gave my Operations NCO a copy of the book “A Distant Mirror” by Barbara Tuchman he came to me a month later stating that if there is a civil war, he and his fellow Hispanics will “have to choose sides.”
When I told my first sergeant why I would not be re-enlisting, she said “Don’t you want to re-enlist to get your 20?”
I have many more anecdotes, but the summary is this: Whereas I was laughed at two years ago, many other senior NCOS are leaving. Many Enlisted men are frightened and wish to get out. The liberals, humanists, atheists and feminists are taking over.
Ann, it’s been rough. I LOVE the US Army. At times I have almost been reduced to tears thinking about putting on the uniform for the last time. But I cannot be part of the army that serves a government like ours.
I’ve spent a good portion of my life studying military history, and always have had tremendous respect and admiration for soldiers—the real warriors among ’em, that is, which by no means all (or even most) soldiers typically are. And as the country has descended further into the mire of totalitarian despotism, I’ve wondered just how long it would be before those warriors would start asking themselves, “what exactly is it I’ve sworn a sacred oath to defend, and is it worth spending my life and honor to defend it?” The only possible answer for any intelligent and historically-aware person, which your true warrior-types almost universally tend to be, would have to be pretty damned obvious.