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The Ever-Changing Military Life

By Edited Apr 26, 2016 0 2

While some aspects of military service have remained relatively constant, others have clearly changed quite a great deal. Today's military service has become quite different than what our fathers, grandfathers and even those who went before them were familiar and accustomed with. As combat, in itself, has changed, so also has the demands of warfare been shifted to the individual war fighter, backed by the newest in innovative technology and equipment.

In order for us to fully realize what exactly has changed about military service, it also helps for us to understand what exactly has remained relatively unchanged. Embedded within the fabric of our collective military mentality is an incredible driving force. As a true, and stable, backbone of strength and resiliency, it is this mentality that is at the center of the heart and soul of military might and determination. While this concept may be difficult for an outsider to fully comprehend, it has maintained itself from the earliest days of shaking off tyrannical rule, to overcoming great trials and tribulations in our most recent wars and conflicts.

The camaraderie that is produced under the pressures of great adversity is an ever-present aspect of military service that has maintained itself throughout the years. Many military personnel can testify to that fact because they have experienced it personally. From their initial indoctrination (into the service branch of their choice) in the basic training arena, to their experiences in a full-blown combat zone, the role of camaraderie has clearly remained a vital element and lifeblood of military service. Just as our blood supplies our organs with oxygen and nourishment, so also does camaraderie serve an invaluable purpose that has helped to preserve the lives of those brave men, and women, who do battle on behalf of our country and its citizens.

Beyond the intrinsic characteristics of military service, it is typically the external things that have changed the most over the years. As policies and regulations change, so also are military personnel expected to adapt and overcome. It is this ability to be flexible and adapt to surroundings that has made it easy for military personnel to accept subtle, or sometimes more noticeable, changes in policy and regulations. As new wars are fought, the very equipment that they use out in the field has to naturally evolve, and change, in a way that best fulfills the needs and requirements of any given environment. From the harsh winter climate of Antarctica, to the barren and rugged desert of the Middle East, a true trait of our military is their incredible ability to adapt to various incremental weather and climate conditions.

Without such an uncanny ability to change and adapt with the times, and new technology, the United States' Military would have never been able to maintain itself as an incredible global force. Even as uniforms and equipment will definitely change, civilians can find great comfort in knowing that the resiliency and adaptability of our global fighting force will serve to protect it and guard its borders for years to come.



Dec 4, 2009 7:22pm
I think one of the biggest changes, at least for moral, is the internet. The ability to communicate from around the world, with those you hold dear to your heart. My hubby was active duty navy and on board ship for a few deployments. I had daily contact most of the time, unless there was a communication block for security reasons. Yet remembering the stories from my Grandma, it could take 6 months or longer to get a letter from my Grandpa. I thought about those long months, when she only knew that the base chaplin hadn't shown up at her door, so her husband was ok. . . for now. That alone has changed how people handle long separations during deployments.

Thanks for the article, I look forward to reading more from you. As well as learning a few tips and tricks along the way for my own ventures in to the writing world.
Dec 9, 2009 7:11pm
This is off topic, but I have a web site that you may be intrested in. Can't figure out how to write to you as a friend??? Check out


They let you choose a postcard, write a message (or choose a ready made note) and then they will print up sets from all the people who visit the site. Then they send each card in a care package to the troops. I thought it was really neat!
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