What Should be Changed in the Military System
Joining the service is a dream come true for many young individuals who get thrilled by the idea of becoming a soldier and going to battle. However, things don’t always work out well as they wish when it’s time to leaving their families behind and committing themselves to duty even on scenarios where it’s life or death. Lyn Hall in her book Counseling military families compares active duty of married military men as their first marriage as work comes first before their spouses. While this might sound right for the service, the alienation and separation that comes with it takes a large toll on the soldiers and their families. Issues such as domestic violence, separation, single parenting, suicide, sexual assault, and PTSD have become commonplace among service members, and their families are also directly affected.
The United States is a superpower country, and the fact that it’s the most powerful country in the world is undisputed. America is also the world’s largest economy, but then it’s also tagged with the largest military expenditure of all countries in the world. The United States is involved in a long list of wars in many parts of the world, some of which Americans don’t agree if it’s necessary for their country to take part in. Yet, military men are deployed in these combat zones, and many die there and their families are left desperate. Hall indicates that soldiers have a stern commitment to honor, and they feel morally obligated to battle even when things get soar in the battlefield, and their fellow soldiers are falling; they would rather choose death than dishonor thus putting their lives on the line (Hall, 2016, p.59).
The government has since stopped wars that had adverse effects on the service members and the economy including the Iraq war and the Afghanistan war although the later was restarted. We’re living in the era where technology is changing the way everything is done. If technology can be utilized such that soldiers don’t have to go to war in person, then mishaps in the military won’t happen, and their families will also be safe. Technology has already brought about corner shot rifles and drones, but more can be invented to save lives of the service members to reduce the need for them to sacrifice themselves to restore order.
Hall, L. (2016). Counselling Military Families (2nd ed., pp. pg. 59 - 60). New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.
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