Date: 2017-01-23 10:10 pm (UTC)
yhlee: counterpoise trebuchet (trebuchet 1 (credit: <user name="vom_mar)
From: [personal profile] yhlee
Being a soldier.

Mainly, I'm curious because, as far as I can tell, EVERY SINGLE SKILL REQUIRED to be a good soldier is something that I actively suck at. I suck at taking orders (I am actively oppositional). I am the least athletic person I know who is not physically disabled. I have mental health conditions that would disqualify me for any kind of useful service; God knows they pretty much disqualify me for anything but being a writer. I'm probably too squeamish. I hate being around other people. I have no sense of direction. I get tunnel vision, real live actual tunnel vision, from sound effects in first person shooter computer games. And that's not even getting into things like military ethics, which is a topic that fascinates me but it's only ever going to be academic. I mean, you name J. Useful Trait for being a soldier, I don't have it.

If everything above (plus all the other stuff I'm not thinking of) got reversed, I would seriously consider trying it. I spent part of my childhood on two military bases. My dad used to be an Army surgeon. The core value of service really appeals to me. But I'll never know.
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