It's not something I always talk about but my family is actually quite active in the US military. My mother and father both served 20 years for the military. It's where they met and got married. My older brother and I were real military brats moving from base to base with our mom. My dad would be stationed elsewhere and he would visit normally on Christmas. The military has been a major part of our lives. My brother and I received plenty of benefits being children of two Lieutenant Colonels. Even as an adult I get nice privileges and access simply because my parents served and were injured during service. My mother served as a dentist for the air force and my father served as an Intelligence Officer for the air force as well.
My brother as he grew up really enjoyed the military I think. He liked soldiers and he liked strategy. He eventually joined the military himself has is now an officer in the Army. He actually just recently got back after a year long training session in South Korea. He is certainly doing what he wants to do and what I think he loves.
Though now he has just been deployed to Afghanistan where he will spend 9 months. He and I are not exactly close. We were more close as kids but as we grew up we clearly had different interests in our lives and career goals. We have nothing against each other, but it's simply a matter of having little in common as two individuals. Therefore, I never thought to keep in touch or even worry when he went to South Korea.
But being deployed to Afghanistan has really stirred up something bitter in me. He is going to a city near the border of Pakistan and it's not a friendly city. He is going to be outnumbered and overworked in a hostile city and the closer the US gets to a withdraw date the more there will be tension with locals. At this point in this long "war" there is nothing left to do. Obama is suppose to be recalling troops soon. So my brother is only going there to maybe get killed but overall contribute nothing. My brother wants to do this and at least there is that.
But this "war" has been going on for most of my life. The Twin Towers fell when I was in 5th grade and I still remember being taken to the library to watch it on TV. Now I'm 22 and my brother is 25 and he is gonna go see the last of a failed crusade in the middle east for shit. He's just a target for radicals and I simply wish he didn't have to go.