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Last night the Thinker and the Stallion each had a high-school friend over for dinner. The Stallion's friend Keith has just joined the Army and will be shipping out to Iraq next month. Good Lord, he's just a baby! It seems like only yesterday he was a hyperactive twelve-year-old. The Stallion was surprised when Keith joined up because he'd always been sort of a bookish theater type, but he seemed happy, throwing around military acronyms, telling stories about moneymaking schemes involving MREs and the unofficial taxi service he's got going, and talking scat about the other branches of the service.

I love hearing a train in the middle of the night.

Current Music: train whistles in the distance

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inkognitoh From: inkognitoh Date: December 23rd, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
surprised when Keith joined up

My sister and I have been talking about this. Quite a few of her daughter's (my 21 year old neice) friends have been joining up to the army or expressing an interst in doing so. She and I simply cannot fathom this. I mean why would you? The general consensus from the willing lads seems to be 'in troubled times we may as well get trained properly then go and deal with the problem'. I have to put it down to some innate 'boy' thing, it boggles my mind otherwise.
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: December 24th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, the military is always prepared for war. That's its natural function. War gives it a chance to do what it's been trained to do, so in some ways it would be seen as a good thing (provided it's not led by a nitwit like Don Rumsfeld). That would go for guys who are inclined to join as much as for the ones who are already in. That's all I can think of.
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