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Definition of SOLDIER
1a
: one engaged in military service and especially in the army b: an enlisted man or woman c: a skilled
warrior
2:
a militant leader, follower, or worker
3a
: one of a caste of wingless sterile termites usually differing from workers in larger size and head and
long jaws b: one of a type of worker ants distinguished by exceptionally large head and jaws
4 \
ˈ
sô-jər, ˈ
sôl-\: one who shirks work
Reviewing the definition of soldier one certainly takes note and is aware of what a
soldier is just by the word itself. #4 of the definition probably does define many of the
thoughts of a young neophyte who looks around him/her and sees the humdrum of daily
life and wants more than just being an 8 to 5er. Or he/she determines from stories heard
or movies seen that being a soldier is what they want (maybe a way of thinking they are
shirking work). (For a former humble Navy Pilot, #3 definition always seemed more
appropriate in my mine for our special operations units, especially the larger head,
metaphor intended, trust me they understand).
A gladiator on the other hand knows and is inherently determined to give Service and be
trained in the knowledge of a "fight to the death" struggle by profession. There is no
causal thought given. It is a life passion to Serve and be the absolute best. To be a Navy
Seal certainly epitomizes this passion. This is not to de-emphasize the other military
groups but many books exist about their stories. This review is about a local boy, a man
of survival and struggle who viewed the world differently and made the grade to
ultimate fighter and survivor. This is a review of Marcus Luttrell, Navy Seal, hero and
just a "good ol' boy" from Texas.
When you read the book "Service" and have read Marcus's previous book "Lone
Survivor" you immediately know you are rooting in with and living vicariously through
the eyes of everything you think you want to be as a soldier. Yet, there is more and I
mean much more to belonging to this elite category of soldiering.
As I came off the mountain with Marcus during Operation Redwing in the book Lone
Survivor, and had seen my buddies and fellow brothers, who I would have died for, lose
their battle against overwhelming forces my heart and head went into his world and from
the comfort of my easy chair fought the same battle of survival. I needed to know more
and wanted a better taste of what created this unique individual, only to find out that
"from womb to tomb" (their personal motto) there are two of them, both Navy Seals and
twins. Morgan is the brother who seals this unique bond that motivates and heals
physical and emotional situations and creates an inter-mixed sixth sense. There is no
one-up-man-ship from either, other than who was first out of the womb (coming in
second to a Seal is first loser).
The book Service will provide a unique perspective to what it is to be a Navy Seal, to
fight in the most hostile of environments and to survive. The fellowship expressed with
the other service groups (and don't use the term Special Forces, the why as explained on
page 334) who make the ultimate sacrifice "to save your sorry butt" (my emphasis)
because you are one of them is well presented throughout the book. The closeness you
have meeting and knowing fellow Texans who are making the same commitment to
Service that you are, gives comfort and a connection to home we all seem to seek.
Surviving an ordeal such as Operation Redwing was just a start of the break-down we all
encounter as we go back into the field only to find out that our bodies, thanks to age and
the rigorous outrage we put it through, are no longer "up to the task" and the let down
you feel failing to fulfill a mission or being part of "the team" as described in the book
Service.
Yes, I recommend each and every young man or woman who defines themselves as a
future soldier or ultimate warrior to read the book Service and insure that the decision
they are about to make is in line with their passion and commitment. Be all you can be!,
well, good luck.
Wayne Keen
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