I have always felt guilty about avoiding the draft during the Viet Nam War by maintaining at least a B average in college (also my draft lottery number was pretty high at 135). How guilty did I feel? Immediately after got my BA I enlisted into the US Army and got a full retirement after just 18 years. Now I see the flag-draped coffins and the troops returning from recent wars all shot-up and mangled and again I feel so guilty. I never went overseas or has a single bullet fired at me.
Also My Uncle Bill was a WWII War hero who died in a B24 Liberator and received the Distinguished Service Cross.
Others have given so much and all I’ve ever done is take, take and take.
I think so. I’m not patriotic at all, but that doesn’t mean I don’t value being able to live freely. Thing is I’m not cut out to be a soldier, but I’m pretty sure there’s tons of other things you can do in the army to help out. I mean, I don’t want to get invaded. Who does?
But that’s it. I’d never join the army if it was to invade someone else, no matter how much I might be told it needs to get done.
If that did happen though, I’d draw viking horns on my military helmet. And stick feathers on it. Then I’d be like, fuuuuck you guuuyyyyys ’‘charge’’
Would I pick up a weapon to defend my family and neighbors? Of course.
If we were invaded, would it even be possible to join the army? To find an open enlistment office, then get on an airplane to go to boot camp, if a boot camp installation still existed. All the while, the enemy is running around disrupting normal daily activities.
Or would joining up with the local militia, National Guard, or Reserves as grunt labor be more realistic?
Yes. I may not agree with the way things are going in the US, but contending with a foreign government takeover would complicate things interminably by removing our self determination. We, of all people, know this because our government has attempted this many times—as we did in the OP’s own country, Vietnam. I’m 61, but I’d find a way to assist my countrymen. I’d hope they’d use me as a medic because of my background, and like combat medics, I would hope they would issue me a sidearm.
Any disagreements we Americans have among ourselves—no matter how far left or right the contenders may be—is a family fight, and anyone else sticking their nose in it will get it chopped off regardless of their ideology.
@gondwanalonI have always felt guilty about avoiding the draft during the Viet Nam War by maintaining at least a B average in college
I think you made a right decision not to join the force in the Vietnam war :p
@elbanditoroso Just imagine the US government was still as it is, then suddenly another country tried to invade it. And what they offered or solved, still in the mist, or possibly none.
It’s just an imaginary scenario.
@johnpowellIf China invaded…
Ha! That’s exactly the one making me paranoid lately and the direct inspiration of this question. I was about to mention it when you came :p
@ucme Might have a chance even with those fancy knives. If they lose an edge it is next to impossible to get a decent one back AND all you need to do is leave corked wine bottles everywhere and they would be required to stop and open each one with their tiny little corkscrew.