I think I’ve settled into the idea that I’ll be in the Army for the next decade. It’s a comfortable feeling. I just need to do my best and “ride it out” until retirement. I’m sure the Army will throw plenty of problems at me along the way, but I’m also certain that I can navigate my way to completion. So, bring it Army: I’ll take the training exercises with lack of showers or adequate food, I’ll take the deployments with separation from the family and intermittent danger, I’ll even take garrison life with “dog and pony shows” and “hurry and wait” taskings.
But know this, Army….you will grant me retirement. You will pay me 50% of my base pay for the rest of my life and you’ll give me medical care at a low cost so that I can live long after my service on your dime. You owe me that.
I’ve sacrificed my freedom so that the nation could have theirs. You’ve placed me in danger so that others could be safe. I will have put the nation before myself and my family for 20 years at the end…worked for lower pay than I could have made in civilian life for 20 years…given you my youth!…and you’ll give me what you promised when I signed up. You will fulfill your duty as I have fulfilled mine. –Carl Miller