As you’ve probably noticed, there’s a campaign being raised in
I was just now reading an article in Prairies North, Fall, 2007 magazine called “
1. “A lot of it is the camaraderie—you don’t find that so much in civilian life—and the variety of experiences.”
2. “The challenge is another thing that keeps me going. To put myself forward: constant growth.”
3. “There’s a bond you make with the troops when you start with the junior ranks.”
4. “When I signed up, I was young—just out of school—and I planned to stay in for only three years. I’ve enjoyed being a part of the military and serving my country. Now, I can take all of the experiences I’ve had and what I’ve learned over my career and mentor and train the reservists.”
5. “Support your troops. It is easier to fight the enemy when you don’t feel you have a fight gong on at home, too.”
6. “I walked in blind. Now I believe in the importance of the Reserves and I like the opportunities it affords. I can put myself through school and travel [one of his favourite pastimes]. The bonds you develop with the people you work with—going through the things we go through—you can’t find that in any other work.”
7. “It was a good opportunity to see another country, serve my country, and make money to purchase a farm.”
8. “There’s an element of patriotism, definitely, but it’s like a disease you can’t get rid of.”
9. “I like turning heads. Being the only woman, people are like, ‘Wow, that was a girl! And she has a rifle!’ I’m not a feminist, but I liked that feeling of empowerment.”
I don’t know how often I’ve heard the comment recently that the men and women serving in our military in
Reread the list of quotes: the important elements in military service mentioned here are self-service, camaraderie, personal empowerment. Soldiering is less about serving people and country than it is about reaching personal goals, apparently. For some, it appears to be a dangerous sport on which they get high. For the majority, references to service are made almost in passing.
One of the soldiers was reported to be an active member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance church; he made no mention of his duty to his God in his comments. Maybe he just wasn’t asked. I would have liked to hear him on that subject.
I found quote 5 ironic. We who don’t support a combat role for