Be thou at peace

Discussion in 'Academy/Military News' started by UHBlackhawk, Nov 29, 2018.

  1. UHBlackhawk

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    scoutpilot 5-Year Member

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    Your kids got a free education.

    So did I.
     
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    The education was free. In return, we agreed to serve in a job for which we were further educated and trained and then financially compensated better than nearly all our civilian peers, earning further education benefits as a result.

    The academies are an incredible deal.

    It strikes me as uncouth to take the obituary for CPT Ross, who died in the service of his nation, and use it to make a post about anyone but CPT Ross.
     
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    The comment was about the sacrifice made by those who recieve a "free" education. Sometimes the ultimate sacrifice as in this case, which was my point. That all give back, some give back all.
    What's uncouth is making an obituary about you when it's about the person in the obituary. I didn't do this. You did. But thanks for reminding me why I avoid this website.
     
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    I thought it was exceedingly easy to get the reason why you posted it, @UHBlackhawk.
    It's decidedly vogue for people to be appalled and personally affronted by just about anything these days.
    Don't give it another thought.
     
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    I understood the OP and did not interpret the post as disrespectful to CPT Ross. In fact, it may initiate a meaningful discussion about the risk candidates may take by pursuing military service. This is relevant to many members who visit the forum.

    In respect to the fallen officer, I will ask that all posts on this thread be tolerant and mindful of other members' points of view.
     
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    It’s also decidedly vogue to view the entire world and its events through the lens of oneself and what everything means in the context of you and your life.

    Posting his death and having your only comment be about what other people say to you about your kids doesn’t do that.

    Perhaps in attempting to honor CPT Ross we might think to actually mention CPT Ross, rather than a well-worn trope about “free education.”
     
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    RIP Cpt. Ross, Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond and Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, may we always be grateful and humbled by your sacrifice. Our thoughts are with you and your families.
     
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    From my gut to Scout's keyboard.

    The discussion of "Free Education" and financial and career benefits of Military Service (especially for Officers) would be a good topic for a different thread.
     
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    Again, it was not my intent to do anything but to highlight the sacrifice of Captain Ross and the sacrifice all who serve in the military endure. I honestly did not think anything I wrote would be controversial, but I guess it was so I feel I have to respond.

    The lens of experience will always have an impact on one's life. Part of my experience was being present on more than one occasion as coffins were loaded on transports for the long journey home during the surge. Every time my heart broke for the families involved. Wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, and children who were being notified. I can not fathom the grief that must be experienced by someone losing a "child". Occasionally I'm reminded of this again when I see families gathering at the West Point cemetery on the anniversary of a loved one's death.
    Then, ten years later I went through the gut-wrenching experience of sending one of my children off to war. Yes, again. The lens of this experience had an impact on me. I understand what it's like to send a child off to war. It sucks.

    So while West Point may be "free" of a monetary cost, it is not free of all costs. There is a service obligation that goes along with the education. An obligation that extends to families that endure the separation of a loved one for long periods, and sometimes even the grief of the ultimate sacrifice. That is why I hate the reference to a "free" education.

    So yes, remember Captain Ross for he paid the ultimate price. But also remember and pray for his family and the other families of those who lost their lives in the past month. If you're so inclined may they be in your prayers and may they also be at peace and find comfort. Please let it be about them and not some wrongs you may perceive I committed.
     
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    I know it hit Lexington hard, but Lexington is and will continue to rally behind the Ross family.
     
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