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Who Will Fight the Next Big War? | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Who Will Fight the Next Big War?

An interesting finding came out of an annual Harvard study. After the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the amount of millennials that felt the US should put the proverbial boots on the ground to fight ISIS rose from 21% to 39%. The sad news is identified in the next response which states that, of those responding, 85% would not join the military and serve their country.

That is a surprising number. Millennials have been a very interesting group. Generally seen as coming from those born between 1980 and 2000, there is a large contrast from their recent relatives. Suffice to say, on paper at least, this is not the ‘ask not what your country can do for you’ generation. So what happened? How did we get to this point today?

The grandparents that fought in World War II and dealt with rations understood that they played a role in contributing to their country’s actions. They bought war bonds, limited their use of limited resources, and supported their country. Today’s group does not want to increase taxes to pay for more than a decade of war, and yet is very willing to send service members to far off places to fight wars on their behalf.

Fight WarRemember, it’s not about what you can do for your country, but about what you can get someone else to do for you while you enjoy your time with family and friends back home. Service members remember this. During the surge, when we were deploying every 13 – 14 months for more than a year each time, we found it crazy to think that less than 1% of the nation serves in the military. As of 2010, of the 309 million people living in the U.S., only 2.2 million served.

So, what does this bode for the future? Well, on the one hand, millennials are just one of the many groups of people that are at voting age. On the other hand, the lack of veteran presence in the Republican candidates is paled by the amount of rhetoric about deploying. So two major groups, a voting bloc and the candidates, seem quite ready to deploy the military for another ground war in the Middle East.

Thankfully, many of our service members are already quite familiar with the local cultures – seeing as how they have already spent many wars deployed to these theaters before. So, by all means, please pay off your mortgages with your stable jobs in locations that you are never forced to move from. Enjoy your families, and the rigors of waking up early to commute to work. Just do us all a favor, if you are willing to deploy service members to a foreign country, be willing to take the first step yourself.

Of course service isn’t for everyone. If it was, we would have no one to decide that we should be deployed while avoiding service or taxes themselves. I suppose that is the luxury of being in the 1%.

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.

Kyle Soler

Kyle Soler is an active duty Infantry Officer serving in the US Army. He has served in the military for more than 10 years, working his way from an Infantry Squad Leader to a Company Commander with multiple combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan in between. Kyle earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Willamette University, and three Master degrees from Jones International University in Information Security Management, Health Care Management, and International Business. He also holds certifications in Six Sigma Lean and Six Sigma Lean Black Belt. His primary focus is realigning organizational priorities to get the most out of the time available in terms of training and development. Prior to entering military service, he worked as a fire fighter and an EMT. His areas of knowledge include military, training, leadership, disaster and continuity planning.
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2 thoughts on “Who Will Fight the Next Big War?

  1. We are quick to point out that this new generation of Americans are people who just want and are not willing to give. Lets remember that the majority of people who have fought these ridiculous wars are millennials. We should also remember that the only reason only 1% of the nation has served in these wars is because there is a cap on how many people can go into the military. Recruiters turn away people everyday. Life in the military is a pretty good deal. Even going on deployment to a war zone is not a bad deal. I volunteered repeatedly to deploy because it was an opportunity to get away and do some pretty amazing stuff. I constantly read about the sacrifices by service members who remind people that they should be thankful they do not have to go into harms way. Perhaps veterans should be thanking that other 99% that pay taxes which contribute to this huge modern military that we either are, or were, a part of. How many jobs out there can you do for 20 years and get a retirement. Even better than that, think of the education benefits provided. You an go to college for free while you are in and still have thousands of dollars through the GI Bill available to you are someone in your family when you get out. Those are just two of the amazing benefits provided to those of us who were lucky enough to be in the military. Perhaps we should keep this in mind when we are putting those that never served, to include presidential candidates, down.

  2. Well stated Kyle, well stated! This may be the first time in our history that MOST service age citizens are not willing to commit to ANY type of sacrifice so as to make our nation & military stronger or to better care for the 1% who DO make the sacrifices. We have lost perspective on the true cost of our ways of life, and soon I fear conscription could again become necessary….

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