Sacrifices of Active Duty To Defend Their Country
Sacrifices of Active Duty To Defend Their Country

THE SACRIFICES OF ACTIVE DUTY FOR THEIR COUNTRY

Active-duty Soldiers serve in the Army 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for their service commitment. That’s not to say that each soldier works a 24-hour shift, just that there are always soldiers on duty. Think of it as working a full-time job. The Army counts on active duty Soldiers for day-to-day operations. Each soldier has his or her specialized training and serves a critical function within his or her unit. Active-duty service terms typically last two to six years, but your service length may vary depending on your unit’s mission.

A call to sacrifice should be a personal decision or a practice of life for a better co-existence. However, this is not true of American soldiers; their duties call for sacrifices that sometimes go unrewarded or maim others and thus kill their dreams. Loyalty is one of the seven values that the U.S. soldier must adhere to during and after service. These core values are shown through allegiance to the U.S. Constitution. Their sacrifices create peaceful states, and the least we can do is to thank them for their efforts and sacrifices. 

Health and life sacrifices

Duties take active soldiers to dangerous terrains, which could either harm their health or kill them. Imagine the U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, many have lost their lives, and several soldiers have been injured.  These are personal sacrifices for the nation. They face harsh weather, which is hazardous to their life. The soldiers’ day to day sacrifices are rarely noticed or given deserving attention.  These events usually leave their family members in agony and the burden of the sacrifices the soldiers made. Families share from these sacrifices too else it gets out of hand.

Family and Societal Life Sacrifices

Active-duty soldiers, who are defending the nation because of their primary responsibility, get to lose the bond with their family members (spouse and children). Family needs mutual love and an extended relationship, which in turn survive on companionship. Active-duty soldiers get to work till odd hours or seasons, and their loved ones suffer loneliness, especially when they are on long foreign duties. Societal engagement is limited because there’s a limit to their interaction with civilians.

Living standards

Military life doesn’t mean living in poverty, but they don’t enjoy a luxurious life or plan for one like a civilian does. Everybody wants or dreams of a luxurious life. The job keeps them at alert all the time. Entertainment is another controlled lifestyle of a soldier, even when we know social life is meant to be free without boundaries. Violating social laws by a soldier could attract a dismissal. Their job dictates where they live and the activities they are allowed to be involved in. The burden of this sacrifice reflects on the immediate families of active-duty servicemen. 

Freedom of speech and conduct

As much as freedom of speech is a civic right, the military has a code of discretion that controls unnecessary expressions. This constraint limits them from enjoying the freedom civilians experience. As military men, they sacrifice freedom of involvement in politics. We owe them appreciation. They sacrificed their civic rights to protect us so we can live our lives as we deem it fit.

Religious matters

Religious issues sometimes conflict with military provisions, which has led some of the soldiers to give up their faith to serve the force well. Religious matters are considered to be moral values, while military ones are legal obligations. It has been a questionable concept of whether to lead legally or morally; however, no compromise when it comes to the military. For this reason, people with core religious beliefs find it very difficult to survive the military requirement and end up sacrificing or leaving the force. The will to decide what to do is sometimes denied because failure to follow orders, no matter how consciously one disagrees with it, is paramount to disciplinary action. In an attempt to get closer to residents, American women’s peace-keeping soldiers in Afghanistan are expected to wear Muslim headscarves when they sync up with civilians.

U.S. soldiers are sacrificing their time to serve and protect the nation’s citizens. Time is essential for all because it is one of the factors that distinguish between the poor and the rich. The soldier spends the best of his time, devoting himself to securing people who are using the time to become richer and healthier. 

Loyalty is one of the seven values that the U.S. soldier must adhere to during service and after service. These values are shown by allegiance to the U.S. Constitution. The ultimate sacrifices of the soldiers are creating favorable states for us. The best we can do is to thank them and appreciate their efforts. Soldiers have time, family, cultural and religious, and other forms of sacrifice to save their country. 

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