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Friend going into the military.

Posted by /u/HeadMaster111 on

I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this but I'm looking for a little guidance. So, I have a good friend that has been accepting into the military (UK), he is a good and kind person with an adorable son. For years he's been trying to get into the military so he can "protect" people (and his son ofc) but has been unable to do so due to a medical condition, now he has finally got in and I have concerns. Obviously I'm worried about him dying especially when he'd rather go to Afghanistan instead of Cyprus. When I asked him why he said "If I'm going into the military I want to be able to at least pop some of them cunts" (sorry for the language). Now this is where my greatest concern arises, I'm not convinced that the people who's lives he may be called upon to take will all be terrorists or enemies of our country. I don't want my friend to lose himself to hatred but I'm struggling to think of anything to say that could just give him a little clarity. I guess I have more than one question, first, for those of you who have seen combat would you say that the majority of the people you were fighting are definitely terrorists hell-bent on destroying our country? Second, do you believe those who are sent abroad to fight are protecting this country or attacking theirs, or a bit of both? And lastly (thanks if you've lasted this long through my rant) what could I say to my friend to help him see them less as "the enemy" and more as "people"? Thanks in advance for any replies.

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