(11-11-14) No, I Have Never Been in the Military
It happens every time I write an article about war. It happens every time I write an article about the military. It happens every time I even mention war or the military.
The question may take a variety of forms but it is really always the same: “Have you ever been in combat” “Have you ever been in the military?” “Have you ever served?”
Because I have never been in combat, been in the military, or “served,” my answer is, of course, always in the negative.
Those who ask such questions have one purpose: to discredit everything I say about the military. In their mind, it is either that I can’t possibly have sufficient knowledge of what it is like in the military to be able to criticize it or I have no right to criticize the military because I have never been in it, or both.
But rather than hang my head in shame and sheepishly acknowledge that I have never been in the military, I lift it up high and shout No, I have never been in the military.