Question of the day:
Do Soldiers, or any other military members, really want to deploy?
I am fully aware that I am not a Soldier, so maybe I don't fully understand the "appeal" of deploying. I understand that it's a respect thing and a patch thing and a pride thing. I am very proud of my husband and all of that jazz. He says that it's also a money thing and a bragging thing. Sure, I can understand that too.
But do Soldiers WANT to deploy? My husband said that he was "ready" and this is what he's been training to do for just about 5 years now. And I get it in that sort of respect. He felt useless going to the same pointless job everyday. I can understand that. But that was before his first deployment, that was before he lived in a war zone for 55 days with the heat and the bugs and the horrible food and the stench.
But I have some friends that just PCSed and they were put in a brigade that isn't going anywhere for a long time. As a wife, my first thought was.. YAY!! Right? They don't have to be apart and live in a war zone. Good thing, right?
Apparently, I'm fairly mistaken. I pointed this out to my husband, who is very good friends with these people, and he validated my confusion. As a Soldier you need to deploy. Okay, you need to, but do you WANT to?
And I know a few guys that have actually volunteered to deploy. This confuses me even more. Why would you ask to be separated from your family for a year to go sit in a war zone? How are your wives not super mad at you??
So I'm hoping that some military people can explain this to me. I want to understand the drive that makes these brave men and women WANT to go to fight in a war zone. This is definitely a quality I don't possess.