Deployments are dangerous, that much is probably a universal truth at this point in history where the United States is waging a never-ending war against the abstract concept of terrorism. But, all branches aren’t created equal and the different strands of the military all experience different dangers throughout their deployments. But, while the dangers might be different, the threat of death is statistically absurd when serving in the military during deployments. But, what are some of the threats faced by each of the specific branches? How do they deal with them and how do they continue surviving each day knowing that it could be their last? It’s actually hard to say, but not thinking about it helps…

The Army, for example, bears the brunt of the impact. As an occupational force, they stay in the same area for extended periods of time and move on multiple convoys which are subject to guerrilla tactics (such as IEDs) on a regular basis. Even worse is the enemy’s understanding of the rules of engagement as soldiers are held under bureaucracy when it comes to concepts such as initiating combat. But, “terrorist” aren’t held to the same standards of engagement and will happily take any advantages they can get in order to obtain an upper hand. But, the army isn’t the only one who’s in constant contact with enemy units as the Marines share their pain with their green brothers.

The Marine Corps is the expeditionary force of the branches and while they face a similar threat to the Army, the distinction lies in the initial attack. As the marines move to clear the areas which will be later occupied by the army, they face the constant threat of enemies lurking around each corner. Enemies, which are not only inside their own domain but have the advantage of being able to hide within the populace. At times marines have to be able to discern between friendlies and enemies within a split second and while it may sound dramatic, nobody wants to have the blood of innocents on their hands. Meanwhile, the Navy faces difficulties that are a bit… unusual for anyone who is always on land.

A large percentage of the naval forces are actively living at sea for a substantial part of the year. During deployment, the Navy has the most commonly known threat of sailors falling overboard and potentially drowning. But, during depending on the type of platform, they’re serving there are other threats. The general public wouldn’t be aware of the dangers living within a ship poses on a regular basis. Almost every single aspect of living on a boat can be dangerous from the food being improperly prepared to the doors and ladders being sources of fear and panic.

People who’ve seen watertight doors will know that if one of those were to slam on your finger the chances of losing the extremity are pretty high. Getting hit by another vessel seems to be a common aspect of the 7th fleet these days, but hopefully, that type of tragedy will never happen again. Finally, there’s the Air Force…

I’m not truly certain of what dangers the Air Force personnel face. Perhaps some of the threats the Army faces, but from the members of the AF that I’ve spoken to in the past, there isn’t a multitude of dangers they face on a regular basis. Perhaps they face bad ergonomics or stress fractures during physical training? I’m sure the pilots expose themselves in combat zones, but with their technological advances in aviation, some of those threats are also mitigated… well, there you have it folks, if you’re planning on joining the military; The Air Force is the way to go. They certainly have the least to worry about.

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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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1 thought on “Threats on Deployment

  1. Standards for all branches have been so lowered that 80% of those in uniform are cubicle dwellers sitting in front of a computer screen. Special Forces, Rangers, SEALS, are holding up as the warfighters. Too many slot fillers. AND, the worst part is, everyone wants “hero” status as if they were front line riflemen. Even the Bronze Star has been so compromised to be little more than an “I was there” participation medal.

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