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7. Re: Op Ed Aug 25, 2010, 04:13 Dr. D. Schreber
Many won't, many won't expect to be as a matter of course because their jobs, in theory, should keep them away from combat. Plenty will find themselves being shot at anyway, either because someone took a wrong turn (see Jessica Lynch) or because the job they initially went in for didn't work out like they planned/hoped and they end up getting rolled into convoy duty or at a guard post on a base somewhere in the sandbox. It is entirely possible to join the military for something you think is benign and still end up being shot at, in which case, basic training should've taught you, both physically and mentally, how to point a gun at another human being and pull the trigger. I don't know if that old bayonet exercise is still done, but there's a reason recruits are (or were) given bayonets in a day and age when they're mostly useless and told to shout "DIE DIE DIE!" at the training dummies as they stab them repeatedly, instead of being told "Now, go ahead and put the pointy end in the training dummy." It's not because they need help with the concept of how a knife works.

I don't mean this as an insult, I don't see military personal as less than human or automatically psychotic, I just see it as reality. If you're part of the armed forces in any way, shape, or form, you need to be (and basic training should, if your TI/DI/DS did their jobs right, have taught you how to be) prepared for armed combat.

(Although, I certainly admit "turn men into killers" was hyperbole on my part that does not account for the fact that different jobs certainly have different likelihoods of getting someone into combat.)
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