Taking the time today to thank every man and woman who has served our country through the military is something we all should attempt. On my side this includes my brother and three of my uncles. We should respect and admire their service, regardless of whether or not we agree with the circumstances under which they served. My uncles were in the Koren War. My brother was in during the Gulf War. It is not really their duty to question why they are where they are. They just do.
The military was never something that Afrocity was born for. I thought about it once and even took the test after college- had a recruit officer come to my apartment. He gave me an aptitude test on his laptop. I did well but I never made the next step. He called to ask what was the problem and I told him I suspected that I would be worse than Private Benjamin. Trying to diminish my hesitancy, the recruit officer had a “female officer” contact me. She explained that she was 5 feet tall and 99 pounds- which was smaller than I. Still Afrocity chickened out and went to graduate school instead. Fatigues and nights in the trench would not agree with my personal aesthetic.
Why was I considering the Army anyway? I asked myself that question and realized no matter what my justifications were, it would not be for the right reasons. Frankly, it was for the free room and board and the benefits a soldier received when she gets out. What was 4 years? After all somethings last longer than that right? Graduate school costs were skyrocketing and I already had debt from undergraduate days. Serve your country and take the money and run..
However, I knew that my heart would not be in it. I knew that I was coward and could not endure boot camp, or waking up at Oh-five-hundred hours.
So I did not enlist and I did it for America.
Aren’t you glad that I loved my country enough not to give it the awful gift of Afrocity in the service?
For those who did serve through the military, thank you. Thank you for keeping us safe and sacrificing your time and personal lives for Americans. You veterans are more of a man or woman than I will ever be.
Autographed Letter Signed,