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Response to bemildred (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 10:35 AM

5. I do. And as someone who did it as a career, believe me, it's a better option.

Do I necessarily want servicemembers to be battling like gladiators for decades at a pop? Hell no. But this is the 21st Century and the learning curve is STEEP. The time to teach people how to do what needs doing is before the poop hits the fan.

You do understand that when I say "professional," I mean trained, educated, responsible uniformed service members, under oath to support, protect and defend the Constitution, and if enlisted, to obey the orders of the commissioned officers appointed over them....?

And sorry--it IS about money. The laborer is worthy of his or her hire. The military member has as much right to a spouse and family as anyone else. And you can't have that with just love and pale moonlight. You need a decent paycheck, safe and affordable or subsidized housing, good schools for your children, and regular promotions.

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