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What U.S. Soldiers Actually Sign Up For

Updated: Mar 17

By Laurence Vance - "What US Soldiers Actually Sign Up For" - The full article and others like it can be read at *Used with permission

There are a number of things that U.S. soldiers certainly don’t sign up for. No matter what they think, their family thinks, or what Americans in general think, U.S. soldiers don’t sign up to:

  • defend the country

  • fight for our freedoms

  • keep Americans safe from terrorists

  • support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic

  • protect Americans from credible threats

  • serve the country

  • secure American borders

  • patrol American coasts

  • guard American shores

  • watch over American skies

  • fight “over there” so we don’t have to fight “over here”

So, what is it that U.S. soldiers actually sign up for? Truth be told, they sign up to:

  • boldly go where no American soldier has any place going

  • obey orders unconditionally

  • die in vain, for a lie, or for a mistake

  • die for empire

  • be a pawn in the hands of Uncle Sam to be moved around as he sees fit

  • serve the state

  • help unleash sectarian violence

  • invade other countries

  • occupy other countries

  • fight foreign wars

  • maintain U.S. hegemony

  • make widows and orphans

  • launch preemptive strikes

  • spread democracy at the point of a gun

  • be the world’s policeman, fireman, bully, and social worker

  • be part of the president’s personal attack force

  • enforce UN resolutions

  • die a senseless death

  • fight unjust wars

  • kill and maim foreigners

  • kill civilians

  • die for imperialism

  • destroy foreign industry, culture, and infrastructure

  • change regimes

  • nation build

  • fight immoral wars

  • defend other countries

  • fight unnecessary wars

  • carry out a reckless, belligerent, and deeply flawed U.S. foreign policy

  • neglect their families

  • intervene in other countries

  • create terrorists, insurgents, and militants because of foreign interventions

  • enforce no-fly zones in other countries

  • fight undeclared wars

  • take sides in civil wars

  • engage in offense instead of defense

  • get PTSD or a traumatic brain injury

  • have their limbs or genitals blown off

  • die for the military/industrial complex

  • be a global force for evil

These are the things that U.S. soldier actually sign up for.

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