Hello to all,
I have big news. This last month I contacted my local recruiting sergeants and began the enlistment process into the US Army. This choice is the culmination of years of thought, and I feel I've finally reached the mental, emotional, and spiritual maturity to pursue this path. I have spent many months directionless. If you've been following my journals, you'll know that I've recently undertaken a Christian conversion and changed my life. I have been lucky enough to have received a moral grounding from which to judge my own actions. Now that I have this core, I can undertake something truly difficult. In the coming months I will not only be undergoing standard military training, but I will be given Airborne training and the opportunity to try for Ranger training. If I can do this, I know that I can look at myself with pride. What's more, I can take the skills, discipline, credentials, and monies of a nice military job into civilian life with me, and use it to build the family I plan to have one day.
I believe that the situation in the world is dire. Although the president has claimed victory, the enemy is not defeated. Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are thriving in the power vacuums throughout the Muslim World. The states and organizations that support them remain unchallenged. The West continues to surrender the moral high ground to moral monsters, men and women who pervert the most basic tenants of Islam to service their murderous hatred. As we've seen over and over again through history, evil cannot be ignored. Evil men must always be faced by good men, and good men must be willing to lay down everything in defense of justice. I hold no illusions of my own importance, and I do not want war and the pain that comes with war. But I will do what must be done if I am ordered to.
My thanks to my friend . His sharing of his experiences in the military has provided me with a clear view of military life. Without his personal insights, I would have been unable to pursue this path. My gratitude also goes to . In addition to providing me with friendship and counsel, she has always pushed me to be better. Her support has been essential.
I ship out for South Carolina on March 17th, nine days before my birthday. I’ve never been that far south before, so I’m looking forward to it. It’s a somewhat different culture in the South, and if I like it I might try to assimilate a bit. Anyway, if you have business or words you wish to share with me, best do it before I ship out. I will be closing this account before I ship, so this will conclude my time of dA. It wasn’t particularly artistic… but I did amass nearly 2400 favorites. But more importantly, I met all of you cool people! Good luck to you all, and God bless!