zahlman wrote:For what it's worth, I don't think I've ever once in my life considered that voluntarily joining a military organization is something that a sane, rational person could want to do.
And I consider myself a moderate leftist. But then, I understand American politics to be shifted significantly to the right of those of the entire rest of the developed world. Shrug.
Random related linkage.
Okay, i wanna start by saying i'm not trying to call anyone out here. I don't want to start any sort of bickering about whether or not it's okay to be in the military, and if that's what it descends into, then i shall sacrifice animals to the mod gods that they might lock this shit. That thread already exists. I'm starting this thread pretty much just to satisfy my curiosity.
The opinion in the above quote is not unique. So my question to all of you is this: What is your perception of military life, and what in that perception leads you to think that military service is stupid/immoral/insane/irrational/whatever?
I know i'm not allowed to say this, but i'm gonna say it anyway. Please do not make this about whether or not these perceptions, and the conclusions based thereon, are accurate. I just want to hear from the people who feel that way.