Memorial Day, celebrated on May 29th, has come and gone, but there are a few things that the men and women in uniform, who are serving our country and keeping the world safe, would like you to know about the crazy tough world of the military. It can radically change your opinion of our armed forces and help you understand their world.
THERE ARE MILLIONS OF THEM
It’s a full house! There are over 1.3 million men and women currently serving in the military. Over half of them are married, and 16 percent of them are women, and the average age of these brave soldiers is 28.5.
THE JOB’S MORE THAN A GUN
Not every military job involves the use of a gun or explosives. There are medics, translators, and jobs that encompass duties of different natures, like legal duties, computers and technology, construction and engineering, transportation and aviation, and chaplains as well. So it’s not all about shooting and training in the mud, as you can see.
THE REAL AMERICAN HEROES
They’re known as real life heroes, and even though some would debate the need to go to war, these people train hard to fight for their country. But they’re the type of heroes that don’t go around wearing capes or tights, but they save the world. Military men and women are so humble that many of them don’t even consider themselves heroes!
BEAM US UP, SCOTTY
The military has heavily influenced pop culture like “Star Trek”, which named the U.S.S Enterprise after a real U.S. Navy vessel. If you’re a “Battlestar Galactica” fan, you’ll notice their military hierarchy is influenced by our military as well.
DID YOU KILL ANYONE?
Asking a soldier if they killed someone is not something you should do when you’re engaging them in a casual conversation, according to Spc. Tim Moore of the California Army National Guard. As you can imagine, that can open up a whole can of worms.
WHICH WAY IS HOME?
Only active duty members get to live on an army base. Guards and reservists get to live pretty much anywhere they want, but are on call in case of an emergency or to replace another soldier in the front lines.
OVER AND OUT
Despite what you may have seen in movies and television, military soldiers never use the cliche Buck Rogers phrase “Over and out” to end a radio conversation with another soldier or base. Thank you Hollywood for telling us otherwise!
KNOW THY ENEMY
According to Army National Guard Capt. David Swan, “No matter how we might feel about ISIS, we don’t hate Muslim people.” He even posted this as an online letter of peace titled “Dear Muslim” to prove his point.
IT WAS ALWAYS A CHOICE
Staff Sgt. Toni Lamberti of the Tennessee Army National Guard points out that soldiers don’t join the army because they had no other options. Many joined because they had a desire to help and contribute to the greater good of their country.
FROM VETERAN TO HOMELESS
Sadly, there are about 48,000 veterans who are now homeless across the country. The best way you to help those who sacrificed so much is through charities available in your local community, because they deserve it.