Monday, February 15, 2010

Volunteer vs Voluntold.....

I think this blog will be good for me to vent or to just relax by writing... today is the day before our Graduation Day... yippee we made it threw some training without killing eachother. It was essentially the same stuff we did in PA, but checking another box for another group. Anyhow, this isn't what this post is about...

It's close to crunch time, we all signed up to be soldiers. We swore our lives on it. Now comes the time when we have options. You see, our mission has changed, we can go one way or another... be Fobbits or be the Grunts we signed up for. Nothing is certain, all we know is we're going to the beautiful country of Afghanistan, hoping to restore that beauty, one heart and mind at a time.

Some men volunteered for this deployment, bringing them money, or it being the only thing they know to do now that they are out of school. Others were voluntold by Uncle Sam, that this is what your doing. Leaving a life they once new, family, friends, pets... now its changed again. We are slowly being broken apart, one person at a time is moving different directions because our platoons mission isn't certain. Uncertainty fills the bay, but we go on with the day to day.

Tonight. we have been given options, we may split up, we may go to the Wild Wild West of Afghanistan, the heart of many battles. Then again, we may just sit on a FOB waiting to come home, or a random mission to leave the FOB and see the country. We can wait to be voluntold where we're going, or we can volunteer to do the job we signed up for, with our leadership that the powers that be are taking from us and putting in another location. I think the majority of us want to drive on, stay with our leadership. The other half are letting Uncle Sam be the dealer, and hoping they get the hand that wins.

Confused? Imagine your leaders going one place and the rest of the crowd going another waiting to be picked up by other groups, other leaders. Now your leadership is going to fight to keep you together and take them with them. However, its not their final word. You can express your interest to follow them where ever Uncle Sam puts them, whether that be life guard duty on a FOB, or in the pits of Hell in the mountians. Do you volunteer for something that the odds are more against you then for you? But then again... every dog has its day. I believe in faith, but I also believe in calculated risks... What do you do?

I want to stay with the core group, where ever that takes me. I signed up for the Army a few years ago to be challenged, to protect my brothers in arms, and to fight the fight I didn't want to see my friends be "voluntold" to do with a draft. Its because of the men and women that volunteer daily that allow us to have the rights and freedoms we have today.

I will do whatever is asked of me, whether it be hiking the mountains of the Middle East, or waiting for a mission to come in on a FOB. Just as long as me and the guys com back in one peace. That's why we're over there aren't we? To bring back a country that only knows war, hopefully bringing peace back to its beautiful land, that has been infected by the poison of war. Along with a vengence and a safety of our own turf, our soil.

What would you do.... wait to be voluntold, or step up and volunteer... everything is a choice...

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