American Soldier In Military Culture

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There is a prestige group of Americans who don’t follow the typical lifestyle that regular citizens live in the United States. Their way of life is so unique that those who do not live it do not understand it. They are the 1%. They are the American Soldier. In this essay, I will give you a small snippet their way of life. You will get a better understanding of their jargon, brotherhood, and what it means to live within a military culture.
What is a Soldier? Mainstream media portrays Soldiers as “door-kickers” and uneducated; and also, highly respected and well trained. The truth is, they are all of these things, yet so much more. GoArmy.com defines a Soldier as: “As a Soldier in the U.S. Army, you 're tasked with upholding the Constitution
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A service member’s deployment can create temporary single parenthood, financial distress, emotional trauma, and leave you in situations (like being a caretaker of a wounded veteran) that you never thought possible.” (www.thewashingtonpost.com, n.d.)
At some point during their tour of duty they will deploy. The Soldiers spend twelve months wearing pounds of gear and treating their weapons like it is an extension of themselves. They trade items in their Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) amongst each other. They pass the time playing cards, talking for hours and waiting in long lines to call home or use a computer. At some point they will have fire their weapons and live with the decision they will have to make. Because of past military conflicts, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and physical disabilities have a detrimental effect on military culture and today’s society. The Army cannot use them anymore, so they are pushed out in the cold on disability. Soldiers relive the things they saw and did daily, and families never fully recover. Society doesn’t take notice until it affects them personally. However, there’s always one culture that will always accept them no matter what. This is what make us the strongest and most powerful military in the world. The brotherhood amongst themselves has been embedded in their minds since the day they rose their right

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