Any man or woman who voluntarily enlists in military service in any country should be given the utmost respect. They are willing to put their lives on the line for their country and they are doing it by choice. The US military is entirely a volunteer service. No one is required to serve by law. Therefore they command some respect from our citizens no matter where they are sent in the line of duty. My guess is that those of you from other countries would feel the same about those serving in your armed forces. It has nothing to do with whether they're "defending" anything. It has to do with the fact that they're serving.
This is going to sound awful, but it needs to be said.
People who join the military are not selfless heroes-in-waiting. They're high school dropouts with no other job prospects.
Let's be honest - the military is a job interview you can't fail (unless you're too fat or a convicted felon). That makes it pretty attractive to 20 year old high school dropouts with an invincibility complex and a string of bad job interviews.
How many Ph.D's are serving on the front lines in Afghanistan? I'd say none. People with real job prospects just don't join the military to "defend your country" from the dangerous Iraqis who have obviously repeatedly attacked you (huh?). does that mean uneducated dropouts are more patriotic than educated scholars? Or is it possible that the military is actually little more than a patriotic jobs program, willing to sacrifice innocent young Amerian lives for oil and political gain?
I think it's pretty clear which answer I believe.
First - of all I would like to say I graduated high school. I have been to Iraq, and was thanked by many of their citizens, so your opinion is definitely outweighed by theirs.
Second - I can spell, you however lack that ability.
Third - Iraq lacks the ability to even get the oil they are sitting on out of the ground, it was destroyed in the Iraq- Iran war, and first Gulf war, so if you could please stop spreading that lie around that would be wonderful.
Fourth - I deployed with people who graduated from Harvard, which you clearly did not do. The military pays for people to go to college. One of my drill sergeants had 2 masters degrees, every single other one had atleast a bachlors degree. Doctors, PAs, dentists, veterinarians, lawyers, people who have earned their PhD do join the military, and they go to war.
Fifth - mulitple people have pointed this out, but you NEED a high school diploma now to join the military, if you only have a GED now, you need to take college classes before you can join, because the military actually teaches a lot. There are a lot of classes to go to, and we need to ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines have the ability to absorb the information. There's also a test called the ASVAB that must be taken and passed before joining. Also, there are many physical reasons why people aren't allowed to join, only 10% of the population would meet the standards, and only 1% step up. I also worked in Corporate America before joining, so I didn't fail job interviews.
Please stop posting lies, the military would reject you, because the only drop-out here seems to be you.