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Anonymous PFC

Updated: Feb 17, 2020

"War itself is a mistake"

My name is Anonymous and I was a PFC in the army from 1958 to 1964. Part of my motivation stemmed from how my dad had served in World War I, as well as my grandfather in the Spanish War. Prior to my service, I was engaged in the compulsory military training that was offered at my college; however, even without this training, I still desired to serve my country.

The adaption to military life was not easy. I still remember to this day how I had graduated college on Sunday morning, but I reported to the military that afternoon. One major difference between my old life and my military one was the lack of decision making; college teaches you to think for yourself, but the military is all about obeying the higher-ups.

At the time, I was a business graduate, and my service was based around data processing(this was a time before computers). There was not much war during my service aside from conflict in Lebanon that was resolved in two weeks.

My service has taught me the importance of serving one’s country and I believe that all people should at least consider service. However, it is also important to realize that people make mistakes. War itself is a mistake, an idea that has been prominent in the recent past. Vietnam, Iraq… the list goes on. These wars were mistakes, or at the very least, could have been handled better.

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