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January 31st, 2011 5 comments

The US military went to an all volunteer force right after the Viet Nam draft ended. Depending on particular branch of service and the wants/desires/recruiter, various individuals received various deals and promises.

In reality, you volunteer for the military. After that, the oath that you swore means that you accept what comes next. You are serving the needs of the military. The military is not particularly obligated to you. After all, you are one little cog in a huge organization.

There is wisdom that says – don’t volunteer – if someone wants you to do something, you will be told or receive orders.

Now, we move on to the issue of deployments. A number of us were discussing the phenomena this afternoon. Of knowing that a deployment was on the horizon and just trying to position for the best job, good length of tour or locaion that was going to be tolerated.

One of the guys said he was “volunteered.” Ok, means that someone else made the decision and he just complied. Well, he replied, not really, I was told it would be much better if I just tossed my hat in the ring. It woud be a really positive thing and stand me in good stead when I was applying for long term civilian school.

Several heads nodded sagely – oh, you were voluntold……

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