Military Servicewomen and Men deserve more respect than average people even if they choose to enlist
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I feel that 1). Soldiers by choice who then feel entitled to my respect and admiration are narcissists of one of the highest degrees, and in fact deserve less. Quite arguably, U.S. foreign affairs in the last half of the 20th century have spawned a lot of the hate that we are experiencing now with terror attacks. It should be noted that the violence through out the middle east and U.S. specific terrorist attacks are much more complex, but they despise the United States for a reason. If anyone, supporting the military supports future jihadists, and only fuels the hate that will put our children at risk. Anyone who would support the military by becoming a part of it isn't deserving of my respect.
2) the tax dollars spent to give soldiers education is awesome, but should also be the standard for more Americans so that we can have a better educated populace. There are plenty of good arguments against this claim, such that the education wouldn't "mean" anything economically. There may be a little truth to that, but I feel that an education could go a long way for anyone, and soldiers shouldn't be the only people who enjoy the privilege of a good, free education.
3) They chose the job! This point alone is all that I really need, I feel. Soldiers these days don't get forced to enlist, they choose. Many times I feel that they choose for selfish reasons because the United States military isn't doing much "good". The military is called the military because it is a force for violence, and while many service people have non--combat oriented roles, those roles still aid the violence of military operations. People shouldn't have to kill each other to make a change.
When people who join the military it is a common mistake for people to think that they don't learn any thing there. That's not true at all they teach is to kill that is very wrong in fact. The military is actually a collage it's a lot harder than a normal collage too. Not very many people that go out of the military go to collage because they have done collage all ready if that makes since. Exactly they chose the job I think we owe then a little respect they have to go through a lot! Like having to kill little kids and women with bombs strapped to there chests. They have to deal with a lot of Stress, depression and watch there fellow friends die in front of them.
As for foreign policy, if we continue to fight everyone else's battles, we'll bleed our own country dry, and the world will never become self supporting or unified. ISIS spawned from foreign aggression, and it is a problem best left to those who understand Islam, and who are affected by it directly. Fiscally, spending hundreds of billions of dollars each year to destroy is not good foreign policy. If we truly want to help other nations we should be spending that money building educational facilities, and investing in foreign economies. Often times poverty spawns violence, and if the United States truly wants to help third world countries, it should be investing more in their infrastructure and economies, that way we build peaceful relationships and leave little room for violent upheaval.
Many military personnel DO NOT HAVE combat roles, however each role in the military is geared towards waging war and creating violence. There is bravery in facing your enemy, but not if that means pushing a button and killing innocent bystanders just to kill a few terrorists spawned from prior violence the U.S. reaped in foreign nations. Many soldiers don't join from ideals, they join because of the benefits they get from enlisting, and if those benefits were not there then recruitment figures would plummet.
The cost of war is expensive, but the lasting costs after are even more expensive. Combat veterans have served their country and have gotten us through many trying times. Many fought in the second World War, and others drafted. Many suffer lasting, life-long injuries that pose a burden on the American public. It would be wrong to deny veterans benefits, but we can reduce the future burden of retired veterans by shrinking the military today.
The United States Defense expenditures amount for well over half the total annual spending. If this were shrunk in half, we could make education more affordable for all Americans, so that more American citizens could become productive members of our society, rather than violent, shell-shocked or depressed. I don't think anyone should have to risk their lives to have an opportunity at a good education.
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