An American soldier
: Just got email from a miliblogger asking for a link. Most times, like most bloggers, I pass on that; the links come in the course of conversation. But I looked at this one and I was amazed again at the phenomenon of soldiers sharing their thoughts and feelings — when did that happen before? — and at the fact that the Pentagon is wise enough to let them. This soldier is about to head out to Iraq. He writes:
Getting ready for this deployment has made my mind think. These are things that I have stored away for some time now. I have always been the type to just perform a mission and drive on while in Army mode or Civilian mode. As a Sniper you need to have that mentality all the time. That same mentality has carried over into my civilian attitude on things at times. I notice that it comes out when I get super busy and pressured to get things done. I take one thing at a time, knock it out and boom, move on. I am so methodical sometimes that it kills me whenever retrospect kicks in….
[M]y family does not know the exact job I do in the Army except my wife. They know that I have been through some special schools. They don