My nephew just signed up for the army. He’s almost 18 and I personally was in shock that a young person would join the service at this point in our history.
Why would someone with his whole life ahead of him join a combat-weary army?
I asked him why, and he explained that this was the only way he was going to be able to afford going to college one day. And also to be of service to his country.
But seeing the plight of veterans and returning soldiers, I can’t see how anyone can expect to receive any gains from this experience. I can only hope that he will be able to learn a skill in the army that will enable him to support himself in later life.
I am usually an optimist, but this situation has me turned around.