This will be a short post. I’m a Vietnam Era Veteran. I was drafted. I will say however that I had tried to enlist up to six months prior for a particular MOS (Military Occupational Skill). Not getting it and waiting for it to open got me caught in the draft since I was 1A.
During my time in the military I learned one thing that will not be popular today. I think all young people should serve at least two years of active duty time. It may seem like a negative, but I have to impress you that it is without a doubt the best two years of my young life. I grew up quicker from the experience than any other timeframe in my life.
To put things a bit in perspective, while I was stationed in Germany, I found out most European countries require their citizens to serve two years of service to their country. I believe it instills good principles to live by.
Below is my reply to a post concerning the friendships while in the service of our country.
I was just responding to a post about how people that joined the military formed friendships that go beyond just knowing each other. I learned what all of us in the military learned. My main priority was to watch the backs of all my fellow soldiers in the field. Our lives depended on that. We learned we all had value. It could mean our own life. It could mean our military brother’s life. As Christians, I cannot understand how some cannot understand that. I value my brothers in Christ.
As a Christian, I find that although the military isn’t a Christian organization, it still used Biblical principles to live by. Search the Word. The military is a fellowhip of veterans. We could learn from that how to treat our fellow Christians.