I was an MP in the US Army from 1983-1986, serving at Ft Eustis, VA and Seoul, South Korea. The US didn’t go to war much in those days; the only campaign of my era was the invasion of Grenada. I was still in training at time.
Beyond a few MP-type scuffles, the closest I got to war was when a North Korean Pilot defected and flew his MIG over Seoul. I was sleeping off a night shift at the time, and awoke to the sound of air defense artillery firing in one of the largest and densest cities in the world (they missed him).
I recently learned that I qualify to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars because the Koreas have technically been at war since 1950. I have no intention of trying to join on a loophole. I’m not really an organization kind of guy and I would feel like a poseur.
My service was relatively painless, taught me a bit about the world, and paid for my college. I have no complaints, though I wouldn’t take that route today, nor have I suggested it to any youngsters in many years. There has been too much combat for no discernible gain. It is a very different Army than the one I served in.
Happy Veterans Day to all. To echo the sentiments of shaysdays via fragbert,
May all the currently serving soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines see as little combat as I did.