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war is real

unconcerned, uncompromised and unconvoluted letters from a soldier getting ready to face war for the second time. 

Friday, May 27, 2005

11:21 AM - time management (or none)

time management never seems to be important in the army. we're getting ready to ship out to iraq, back to the war zone for a second time, so one would assume that we'd get cut loose early most days in order to spend time with our family.

one, however, would be wrong.

today is my first day off in nineteen days. i had three days off then. before that, i worked 24 days straight. do the math, and you see that i've had four days off in 1.5 months. and it's not even like we have a ton to do or important work that has to be done in order for us to deploy without getting killed. no, i spend an average of four hours a day sitting around AFTER we are supposed to have closing formation simply because our first sergeant is poor at time management and prefers to wait until 1700 to actually do the work that we could have been doing all day long.

i shudder to think that this kind of organizational skill is what is supposed to get us through an entire year in iraq, when admin stuff is nearly just as important as putting a bullet between the eyes of the nearest arab.

i don't want to come off as a disgruntled employee (even though i am and will be until the day i ets). the army just makes it so difficult to take pride in your job, and it could be so much easier. we're the best fighting force in the world, and we can't even handle simple communication between folks who should know better.

on a lighter night, i'm going to spend the afternoon eating crawfish, corn, sausage and other cajun delicacies. no, i'm not cajun, but i do love spicy food and really, anything that's not served from a chow hall is worth devoting time to. i have a post on our chow hall coming down the pipe, and it's not going to make a lot of people very happy, but i'm sick of being served week-old leftovers on a constant basis.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"when admin stuff is nearly just as important as putting a bullet between the eyes of the nearest arab"


I thought Bush said the US military was there to bring the Iraqis freedom and democracy.

It was disgusting to read that sentence about shooting arabs.  


Anonymous Niky said...

Digusting?

Here's what's disgusting:
~Being dragged into an unnecessary war
~Our men and women in uniform constantly being treated like crap by gov't officials
~VA Benefits always being cut
~The fact that this young man has to deal with possible nightmares of his buddies being blown up.
~Knowing that there's a point at which it might be deemed 'necessary' to SHOOT A CHILD
~Living with memories of war, any war, for the rest of your life - the sensativity to noise, to crowds, the nightmares, the flashbacks... and it will NEVER entirely go away
~Knowing that the Military sees these guys AS JUST ANOTHER NUMBER - esp the enlisted ones - to the point where, b/c it is cheaper to recruit and train another enlisted infantryman than to get a better armored humvee, that soldier is seen as expendable. Another soldier to die is found, instead of scraping together a few more bucks for equipment to SAVE PEOPLE'S LIVES!!! These men VOLUNTEER - and that fact that men like WarisReal's author do is what keeps your rear end from being drafted.

And last, but certainly not least...
~Your ignorant, uninformed, arm-chair general, chicken hawk attitude and comment. YOUR OPINION is disgusting. Why don't you do something more important and productive with your time, like helping to find a way out of the mess that this war has become or helping the men and women who come back without all of their limbs, instead of posting petty and below-the-belt comments on here.

It is WAR. WAR involves learning to KILL. Do you honestly think that every soldier over there is passing out water bottles, playing with children, planting flowers, and saying "please" & "thank you"?

What an ignorant, sheltered, and naive person you are.  


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband is there--has been there three times for a total of 2 and 1/2 years--3 years at the end of this deployment---they dont just shoot arabs--they are helping the Iraqi people---rebuilding--and the soldiers there with his division--the 3rd Infantry Division--take pride in what they are doing--how disgusting that you take such a pitiful outlook on this--he also suffers thru PTSD--went thru counseling and medication--but is still a very proud soldier--I feel sorry for you. Why not just get out of the army?  


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
-- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials  


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
-- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials  


Anonymous dave said...

so can you end up going back to iraq with a clear diagnosis of ptsd? and are you a combat mos?  


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