We all know of the danger that they have to go through. We all know that it is not a glamorous job. It takes a lot of courage and strength to survive any war. And even if you come home alive, you will never be the same again.
The sacrifice that military personnel have to go through is far beyond what we can imagine. It is not just the physical sacrifices. They also have to sacrifice their relationships and some even have to delay milestones in their life. You can literally say that anyone going through a war will be scarred for life.
But have you ever wondered what it is about the war that destroys people? Here are some of the things that they never told you about the war.
The sound of thousands of people chanting their prayers in the distance surrounding you in the early morning is one of the most haunting things I have ever heard. Could be beautiful, but knowing that some of the people you can hear are going to try to kill you later makes it creepy as fuck – CamoBubbles
Shit burning detail. Did that in Baghdad back in ’03. It took about 3 hours for it to become ash.
My son was a combat medic in Afghanistan , on our way home from the airport after his welcome home celebration he was in the front seat of the car while I was driving.he was very nervous about cars getting to close to us .then on the Fourth of July I noticed he was missing from our family cook out and I found him sitting nervously in a dark room because he couldn’t handle the fire works. My son is a very well educated man, very strong and determined ,it took a few years to get grounded again but he is doing very well with his life now. New house, new wife( the old one cheated on him while he was deployed) and a very good job but he’s not the happy go lucky kid that we watched leave for war. – Vtroadboss
That just because you’re infantry, that doesn’t always mean that you’re going to get fucked up, and everyone else isn’t.
I was an infantryman who went to Iraq. My younger brother was in Communications and he went to Afghanistan.
I drove from base to base hoping to not get hit by IEDs while looking for suspicious people, places, objects on the road, etc.
My brother sat on one base the entire time he was there working with radios and satellites.
Our base was never attacked, but we did find some rockets once set to launch at our base. EOD destroyed them. My brother’s base was hit almost daily. Farmers with RPGs firing randomly. Mortars coming in randomly. Well, one time was too random for my brother. He was sitting in a bunker waiting for the attack to be over when the women’s shower was hit with a few mortars. It blew the building all to shit. There were women in there showering at the time. A few were killed, and my brother saw one crawl out of the rubble, who was blown in half.
I came home with bad knees and anger issues.
My brother came home with a broken body, mind, and spirit.
Shit like that was supposed to happen to me, not him. – SnapN2aSlimTim
Nobody ever talks about the smell. That’s what’s most vivid in my memory. You watch movies that show war and you talk to guys that have already been there, but you never think about what it will smell like until you’re clearing buildings, have to pop someone in the head for the first time, and then that smell hits you. Maybe it’s the combo of blood and gunsmoke, but it reminded me of how your hands smell after holding a swing set chain. Between having to go weeks without showering, burning your own shit and garbage, and the dead people that aren’t always properly interred… yea war is a smelly ass place – Gronk_Smoosh
Wasn’t a soldier, but was a sailor. One thing they never tell you is that you’ll lose more friends to suicide than any other reason. – Djbearjew
The enemies look like people and the people look like enemies – Wheeeler
That it never washes off. It will always be your highest and lowest point in your life. – OrbitingFred
Joining the military isn’t the hard part. Going to war isn’t the hard part. Getting out and returning to “real” life is. – frostylicker
How much of it becomes so ingrained in you, that you’ll be doing it weeks, months, years afterwards. I still check my corners when I enter a room. Check doorways. Entry/Exit points. Blind spots. How many people. How are they standing/body language. If needs be, what can I use as a weapon. I sit facing the door in a restaurant if I can. I scan left to right as I walk, 5s and 20s, just reading people and places. I wouldn’t say it’s a bad thing that I still do it, it’s just part of who I am now. I personally think I’m the better for it, after all who wouldn’t want to be more aware. I do miss the weight though. Body armour, weapon, daysack full of other people’s ammo. You feel ten times stronger walking around without it. – TeaKraken
That you are killing children. By direct fire, by indirect fire, by directing fire.
There was this one girl they brought to Camp Warehouse when I was on guard, legs gone, shrapnel all over her body, somehow still alive. They just dropped her out of a taxi and took off. You get closer to her and you realize she is alive. You see the damage, you want to help, yet you stay back because you remember the last time they lured you into a trap and rigged a corpse with explosives. She breathes and says something you dont understand. Someone yells orders to stand back and get EOD. You cant leave her there. You just move and pick her up while someone yells at you to not touch her. She looks at you with a face of innocence and pain. You turn around and carry her inside the camp to medical. Now everyone helps. You hand her over and stay outside. Your sergeant starts yelling at you but his words dont reach you.
You later learn that she died. At the briefing the next week the incident comes up again. She didnt step on a mine, she was hit by a 40 mm round during fighting. The guys who dropped her off were too afraid we shoot them too.
War just sucks man, there is nothing heroic about it, it is just a giant tragedy. And its coming home with you.
You have to shoot at people with babies strapped to them. – Poke-Pro
I’m a wife of an ex military, and the one thing I was never warned about was how much it changes them, even the little things. Sure, you imagine going to war changes them but nothing prepares you for the little flinched when car doors slam in public, or the eyes always looking for an enemy. – ]OutOfABottle
You’ll die for no reason without any time to react. It won’t be like that heroic favourite movie of yours -testic
If you are a dog handler and loose your dog. It will wreck you. -damienjer