The Average Age Of Military Man Is 19 Years Old


A Premium Jokaroo'er
Mar 10, 2004
The average age of the military man is 19 years.

He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student,
pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has
a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to
be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and
roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm howizzitor. He is 10 or
15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working
or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.

He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field
strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can
recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and
use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can
apply first aid like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop or
stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without
spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of
fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens
full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but
never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own
clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water
with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition
with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like
they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that
is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the
pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering
and death then he should have in his short lifetime.

He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them.
He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat
and is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate
through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning
desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand,
remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out,
far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying
the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the
American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding.
Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration
with his blood. And now we even have woman over there in danger,
doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls
us to do so. As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot.. A short lull,
a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.......

Prayer wheel for our military... please don't break it. Please send this on after a short prayer.

Prayer Wheel

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need Amen."

Prayer : When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer
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Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine

or Airman, prayer is the very best one.

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Junior Member
Apr 24, 2004
WOW that was a wonderful post... thank you for sharing... and yes i will pass it on to all of my family and friends... they will love it as well as i


A Premium Jokaroo'er
Mar 10, 2004

God bless America and keep us safe and free
Safe from "all our enemies" wherever they may be,
For enemies are forces that often dwell within,
Things that seem so harmless become a major sin.

Little acts of selfishness grow into lust and greed
and make the love of power our idol and our need....
For all our wealth and progress are as worthless can be
Without the faith that makes us great and kept our
nation free.

And while it's hard to understand the complexities of war
Each one of us must realize that we are fighting for
The principles of freedom and the decency of man,
But all of this must be achieved according to God's Plan.

So help us as Americans to search deep down inside
And discover if the things we do are always justified
And teach us to walk humble and close in Thy ways
And give faith and courage and put purpose in our days

And make each one of us aware that each must do his part
For in the individual is where peace must have a start
For a better world to live in where all are safe and free
Must start with faith and hope and love deep in the heart
of "me."

(by Helen Steiner Rice)

Jun 29, 2004
that was unbelievable, mike, really made me stop and think, and i will be passing it on. thanx for reminding us what all of this is really about.


A Premium Jokaroo'er
Mar 10, 2004
Your very welcome glad you enjoyed it !
beautifuloblivion said:
that was unbelievable, mike, really made me stop and think, and i will be passing it on. thanx for reminding us what all of this is really about.


Senior Member
Apr 25, 2004
Another Great post Mike .... anything to do with our troops always catches my eye .... Thanx for the post and thanx for the help :happy:
Jul 1, 2004
This is wonderful. A lot of people don't stop to think about who it is that is fighting for the freedom of our country. I will definitly pass this on to all that I know and pray for the safe return of all of our soldiers.
Jan 23, 2004
brings tears to my eyes. Speaking on behalf of my fellow soldiers who are chewing on the dust of a foriegn country I can not name. (Not where you first think of) we thank you. Always warms my heart to see and hear civillians speak and show respect to the soldier, wether US or one of our allies.

PS why I have been gone from the roo so long. We just got internet access the other day. Hope we stay here for awhile. Miss the roo and all yyou people.


A Premium Jokaroo'er
Oct 2, 2003
Hiya Buzz! :inlove:

I wanted you to know, you and all our men and women
stationed over seas are in my thoughts and prayers!

And as for a certain G_A......... I am

Oct 19, 2003
Beutiful Song Mike. I Checked Out The Web Link, Very Touching.
Also Wanted To Say I Have Family Over There And I Appreciate Everything People Do For Our Soldiers.
God Bless You All