Militay Service Essay

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MILITARY SERVICE: Dangers versus Benefits Since joining the military in February 1989, the U.S. has been engaged in a war or some form of conflict. Some of which I participated as an active player. Others, I served in a support role. Some will be classified and not disclosed to the American public in the interest of national security. Those, I may or may not have been a part of. Suffice it to say, military service, in spite of some of the inherent dangers, should be performed by every American. It develops positive character traits, offers educational opportunities, and provides an opportunity to contribute to the freedoms and liberties we all enjoy. Shortly after basic training, while still in Security Police training, the U.S. began OPERATION JUST CAUSE in Panama. OPERATION DENY FLIGHT took place in Bosnia in 1992. Additional campaigns occurred over the next several years, some more popular than others. The most famous, for my generation, occurred September 11, 2001. This was the day the war was brought to our soil. This was the day when our country was tossed into a living nightmare with the attack in New York on the World Trade Center towers. This was the beginning of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, also known as, The War in Iraq and The War on Terrorism. Ten years after I raised my right hand and took an oath to defend my country, my home, and my family with my life, not until then did I truly understand what that meant. Because of the dangers and perceived disadvantages associated with military service, “pundits,” who have never served, yet enjoy the rewards of service members repeated sacrifices, love to step up to the podium and preach on how and why the military is destroying this country. They make the argument of members being away from families causing broken homes or attempt to draw the focus on mothers and fathers losing their

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