I’ve discussed my military service in the past. The primary motive was not any particular patriotism, but simply my character. Soldering is in my soul, and more now than ever, despite being physically unable to serve for the past 25 years.
In fact, when I signed up I already knew some details of just how untrustworthy the US government can be, and the military in particular. The leadership of the military is chosen for their willingness to engage in idolatry, not because of any leadership virtue. Indeed, those truly capable have been kept from leadership positions since I can remember. There aren’t many people above the pay grade of E-7 that I would follow anywhere, and I’ve met maybe three officers I would follow, out of probably hundreds I’ve encountered. But it was in my soul to serve, so I put up with it. When I left, the Army was trying hard to get me to stay, despite already having serious trouble with my knees.
I was good cannon fodder. The military still needs good moral servants to die doing the job right.
Granted, much of what I experienced was based on entering the service right after we left Vietnam. That was a stupid war, and we had no business ever getting involved. However, it was profitable for certain groups. The profit motive behind the war is a critical reason why, to this day, we have never pressed the Vietnamese government to account for all those troops they kept as leverage after hostilities ceased.
If you have the time and inclination, this long article will explain some of the details of that massive betrayal. In particular, the author singles out John McCain as a traitor who violently struggled to hide the fact we left some 500 troops behind and still alive when we pulled out of Vietnam. While I didn’t know too much about McCain back when I enlisted, I did know that we had left some there. I knew I risked something like that happening to me; I knew my leaders would not hesitate to leave me behind in a situation like we had in Vietnam.
But again, I served because it was my nature do so. This is the proper motive for anything in this life: We do it because that’s what God made us to do. And I still wish I could serve, but I cannot imagine a situation where that would happen. Still, it’s what I would do best if I could.