I read Postsecret religiously every week.
There are occasionally military secrets.
Some get me all emotional, some I'm indifferent too, but there was one this week that just keeps annoying me.
I guess I understand what this person is saying.
The recruiter perhaps convinced this person to join the Marine Corps.
It wasn't all the recruiter though.
You could talk to me for months upon months.
Talk till your blue in the face and I wouldn't join the military.
A person has to want to do it.
Even if the recruiter made first contact, this person had to have wanted to join at some point.
The recruiter is not evil.
My husband for example, was the best recruiter.
I met him after he had done his recruiting duty, but that's totally besides the point.
He was good at his job.
These kids weren't just numbers to him.
He cared about his recruits.
He has kept in touch with a lot of the guys he recruited.
Congratulated them on promotions and encouraged them in their jobs.
He became really good friends with a couple.
I've met them. They've met us.
I know of at least one guy he recruited that died in Iraq.
I think it was that much harder on him because of the fact that he recruited him.
I know that to some recruiters, it is all about the numbers.
Sure they are people, but after they are shipped off to boot camp, they are forgotten and you move on to the next guy.
They don't recruit for their own safety though.
At least not really.
They recruit who they want to be next to them in war.
They recruit those who truly believe in our country, what it was founded on, and what we are doing overseas.
A Marine believes in himself and what he does and wants to give that to someone else as well.
Am I wrong in any of this?