This is a phrase I have used alot myself and I have been reminded about after reading the blog of another Ex Royal Air Force, Airman who has only just recently transferred out of the Military life to join us on Civvy Street.
It is fair to say that for the Ten years I served in the R.A.F, it was not really “Soldering” as most people would know it. I was a technician, I fixed Radars, and other Strategic and Tactical Communications and Detection equipments of varying types and complexities.
Apart from a tour in the Amazing Falkland Islands in 1998 (Well after the invasion), I cant say I really saw any action or visited a war zone. I have been under fire, but I certainly did not face anything that come even remotely close to what our Brave boys face each and every day in Afghanistan, and previously Iraq (Both times) and the Falklands (1982). In my book they are the true heroes and deserve all the respect we can give them. If you do not respect them, you are no Friend of Mine.
Any way back to the Blogger Alex whos blog can be seen at http://rafairman.wordpress.com has recently left the R.A.F. and appears to be missing it a little bit.
Well Alex, I can tell you, there are many of us out there, it does get easier the further you get. As long as you are doing a job you enjoy and have your family and friends around you to help you through the transition from Military to Ex-Military, you should be fine. Just remember, there are those who are worse of than you or I.
Those I really worry about are the Army Infantry and Royal Marines. The guys who are shot at, blown up and face the very real dangers each and every day on the front line. I don’t mean to be insulting but they do they tend to be younger, and come from poorer and less well educated backgrounds, so often leave the Military without the wide range of Technical Skills, that can land then in the better jobs that a lot of Defence Companies like British Aerospace, Thales and others have to offer. (I know there is a bit of generalisation, but in my experience over the last 23 years this is true)
This is not to demean what the Infantry do. These are guys are the best. These guys put their lives on the line every day they fight. Its these guys that won the two world wars, the Falklands and took the brunt of the Casualties in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Its these guys that command my greatest respect.
I think the point I am trying to make with all this is that as Afganistan draws to a close in the next few years. Just have a thought for all those Ex-Military (especially those who served in the Falklands (1982), Iraq and Afghanistan) .They are true Heroes, and I am proud to have been (and in a way still am) part of a Family that protects this country from its enemies.