Letter: Disclaimers for military service

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  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Feb. 18, 2014 11:32 a.m.

    Morgan, UT
    5:39 p.m. Feb. 16, 2014

    While you're at it,
    why don't you tell us what branch of the Military you served our Country?


  • Sven Morgan, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 8:04 p.m.

    "...energy independents..."

    Independence even! :-D

  • Sven Morgan, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 5:39 p.m.

    airnaut said:

    "As Veteran myself,

    I'm all for fighting and dying for Defending the Constitution,
    I'm simply opposed to doing so for Oil Companies."

    Please provide details of this statement? Please tell us which Oil Companies sent us to war?

    While you're at it, why don't you tell us why Dear Leader is stopping the Keystone Pipeline (which would help put America on the road to energy independents, and provide large numbers of jobs)? Why don't you also tell us why the Obama Administration has only provided a scarce number of drilling permits on the Gulf Coast to American Oil Companies, but is allowing extensive Deep Sea drilling to Brazil′s Petrobras Oil company (co-owned by George Soros)?


  • Jl Sandy, UT
    Feb. 16, 2014 11:15 a.m.

    The dilemma is how to express gratitude for military service without demeaning their sacrifices. Now is the time to put our money where our flag waving, two-sided mouths are. They sacrificed and now it's time for the beneficiaries to sacrifice. Now is the time and none too soon.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Feb. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m.

    As Veteran myself,

    I'm all for fighting and dying for Defending the Constitution,
    I'm simply opposed to doing so for Oil Companies.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Feb. 15, 2014 7:33 p.m.

    Absolutely right. If the right wants women to watch videos before an abortion because of the value of life then we should be honest with America's youth about their chances of survival.

    A friend of mine's husband joined the USAF and was told by the recruiters that he would be a military cop on a nice, safe Air Force base somewhere and he could finish college. Immediately upon graduation basic training, he was attached to an Army unit and sent to Iraq. Nice trick Uncle Sam.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 4:17 p.m.

    It's pretty hard to believe that a person can grow up in America and not have a pretty good idea of what the military is. As a boy my favorite movies were war movies. History classes were more interesting when we got to the conflict between knights and hoards of spear carriers.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 2:58 p.m.

    Would you also require a full risk disclosure to Olympic and collegiate athletes? The military is placed in harms way by politicians it is these politicians who deserve full disclosure and scrutiny.

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 11:56 a.m.

    Here is the thing...

    EVERY person who signs up with the Military (including National Guard, Reserves)services knows that he/she may have to go to war. That war is "Hell" and there is a real good chance that they are going to get hurt both physically and mentally.

    Yes, recruiter can "stretch" the truth... My father taught me a valuable lesson when I went through the process, it was "Do the research" before the signing the document, because after that you don't have rights.

    What I have seen before the wars in the middle east is that people signed up with the military to get their college benefits, not expecting to have to actually "serve" in a military action, then are surprised when the government called in the marker....

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 11:10 a.m.

    I was going to comment but Sey summed it up nicely.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    There is a bad news - good news - bad news aspect of this.

    The letter writer hits the nail on the head with regard to the unstated risks of military service. When I was a kid there was a Vietnam War POW who was a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force whose release and return prompted a big parade, endless amounts of adulation and true gratitude and celebration for his return and service to us and our nation.

    He had returned, except he never really came back, and within a couple of years he divorced his wife, left his kids, and I don't know whatever became of him. His was a fairly benign return, compared to those we read about today.

    The good news is we're using more drones and can wage war without risking our lives, and the appropriate psychological precautions can be taken to insulate the enlisted men from the trauma they may feel in the damage they're doing, even if remotely.

    The bad news is that waging war remotely, in an insulated environment, makes it more cost-free to us, but the effects of drone strikes may eventually catch up with us.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Feb. 15, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    They agree to put there lives on the line before they enlist and no what there getting into.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 4:40 a.m.

    I whole heartedly agree. We don't allow drug pushers to ply the hallways of our schools yet we allow military recruiters to seduce the less savy among us. This is allowed because it is necessary to have a military to defend us all. However in large part this is also unjustified because many of the wars we get involved in are unjustified. Politicians and people behind them treat the American people, as pawns, especially the military, getting us and keeping us in unnecessary wars.

    War destroys peoples lives, it destroys families. This is too often forgotten.

  • SEY Sandy, UT
    Feb. 15, 2014 12:36 a.m.

    A disclaimer to any military recruitment ad should include at least the following: the statements made in this ad are not necessarily factual and may be considered to be propaganda in some instances. Recruiters may exaggerate claims about the value of military training and military life in general. There is every likelihood that your time will never be spent in defending your country. Instead, you will be a political tool used to spread American corporate power to enrich the 1% wealthiest people in the world and their government cronies. Once you discover the truth, there will be serious repercussions if you speak out.