Military Myths

Cracked.com does the work the Democrats, the Left and Code Pink won’t:

In a combat zone like Iraq, for every one soldier whose job description includes combat, 2.5 people are in support positions doing all of the tedious but lifesaving work that makes his job possible. So if you’re like the vast majority of those who serve, the rest of your life will most likely not be spent telling war stories, but rather explaining to that 15-year-old punk in Starbucks that you got the scar on your face from tripping over an unsecured air conditioning cable on the way to your bunk.

If you consider that the military is disproportionately made up of demographics that have always correlated with suicide — young, male, and with easy access to guns — the military actually comes out ahead. Then there’s the fact that a recent Army study showed that 79 percent of Army suicides occurred when the soldier had either been deployed just once or not at all. In other words, repeated visits to combat zones somehow make you less likely to kill yourself.

[h/t: Ace]

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