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 been 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.

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Life in the U.S. Armed Forces: (Not) Just Another Job
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