Letter to a Young Army Ranger (from an Old One)


| 1/15/2015 3:49:00 PM


Tags: war on terror, politics, TomDispatch,

Global War On Terror

There are some things you should know before joining the U.S. military and the Global War on Terror.

Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.

Dear Aspiring Ranger,

You’ve probably just graduated from high school and you’ve undoubtedly already signed an Option 40 contract guaranteeing you a shot at the Ranger indoctrination program (R.I.P.). If you make it through R.I.P. you’ll surely be sent off to fight in the Global War on Terror. You’ll be part of what I often heard called “the tip of the spear.”

The war you’re heading into has been going on for a remarkably long time. Imagine this: you were five years old when I was first deployed to Afghanistan in 2002. Now I’m graying a bit, losing a little up top, and I have a family. Believe me, it goes faster than you expect.