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The Emotional Shutdown of the Armed Forces | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

In the heat of combat, the difference between life and death can be extremely fickle. Men and women of the armed forces know that in order to survive; they must be able to think quickly and rationally without emotions cluttering their minds. This is the reason why all the members of the armed forces are trained in shutting down their brains and simply following instructions. But, this ability is not only useful in the heat of battle, it’s actually a necessity in the day to day activities of their work lives. Because if you ask anyone who has served in the armed forces, no job in the U.S. is more stressful than the enlisted military ranks.

Whether you are civilian or military, you’ll have experienced stress during your day to day activities. All jobs have demands and they can vary in difficulty regardless of what type of task is at hand. Too much paperwork and you’re liable to burn your brain out, excessive physical activity could cause your body to wear out, and even menial jobs like fast food restaurants can lead to a feeling of dissatisfaction with your life. Members of the military deal with all of these and often at the same time. Whether they’re out in the field of combat or working from an office in the base, learning to shut down their emotions and simply going through the motions becomes an important part of their lives. Most soldiers simply cope with the demands by turning off their minds all together, and eventually, the days start running together. A yearlong deployment eventually feels like a month has passed and nothing has changed…

U.S. Army Pfc. Mark Ayers

Less than ten percent of the population of the United States will understand how this feel. But, it’s important to recognize that it is not something military members do for fun or enjoyment. There is no joy in droning about for months on end, especially when they return home and can’t seem to restart their feelings. Coming back to a place where emotions were a liability, to the world where they are almost a requirement in order to function can seem daunting. Many members who suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) will often mention the inability to feel love or a number of other emotions. Yet, it’s important to recognize that this is a natural reaction to being placed in such environments, and it’s not a marine or soldiers’ fault. Returning home and feeling isolated from those who love them for a prolonged period of time is normal, what is not okay is watching people you work with die on a weekly basis. Counting the days, they have to come back

and praying they’re not the next one on the reaper’s list.

Often times, members of the armed forces, asks themselves why random people thank them on the street. They feel they don’t deserve the thanks because they’re only doing their job and paying the bills. But, this is the reason why they’re appreciated because thanks to their service, a majority of the population does not have to experience the cold emotional shutdown of the armed forces.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Emmanuel "Dash the Bomber" Barbosa

Emmanuel Barbosa, AKA Dash The Bomber, is currently serving in the 7th fleet, and has over 8 years of experience in the military. A writer with a penchant for the humorous and informative, he loves to share his stories with those who would be willing to listen. Having served in deployments that have taken him around the world, Dash has seen and heard about many things that would be hard to believe. A loving father and a faithful husband, he is dedicated to protecting his family and country. For fun he enjoys cosplaying, videogames, and writing for online magazines.

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