"Half men and half boys"

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    "Half men and half boys"

    The average age of the military man is 19 years.

    He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.



    He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or ra p or jazz or swing and a 155 mm howitzer.

    He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

    He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

    He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march.

    He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.

    He is self-sufficient.

    He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

    He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own cl othes, and fix his own hurts.

    If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

    He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.

    He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

    He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.

    He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.



    He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

    He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away ' those
    around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.

    In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

    Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy.

    He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.



    He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.
    Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

    And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

    As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . .

    A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.


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    A most excellent post!! Thank You
    "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier
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    Thanks, that was really touching. It is just to bad that so many people here at home don't really appreciate the price they pay for our freedoms.

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    All the way.
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    But don't forget the women...your title leaves them out.

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    Now that one is worth while! Many thanks!
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    Nice post. Thank you!

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    Excellent!!!!

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    Hooah, Airborne!!
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    Great post but.... The person that orignally wrote it had thier heart in the right place. But somewhat innacurate , None of the enlisted grades in service have an average age of less than 20.


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    He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him,

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    nice post
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    Thanks for the reminder...never forget what they do.
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    He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.
    Yup, in fact we find humor in just about everything that a normal person wouldn't.

    Good post though. The majority of guys in my company are under 20 years old, some of them on their second pump. I'm older than the guy directly in charge of me, and this is his third pump.
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    Nice: May God protect those who protect us, Men and Women.
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