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The Short Happy Life of Military Identity | OAF Nation
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The Short Happy Life of Military Identity | OAF Nation

Many people join because they were drawn to the awe-inspiring sense of purpose. Their branch, the uniform, their unit, an MOS, saving ‘Merika for a buck-o-five—the whole beans-and-bullets bundle gives a distinct identity—whether they wanted it or not.

It doesn’t happen overnight. For most, after the bootcampness fades, they perceive themselves pretty much unchanged; many, in fact, take it as a matter of pride not to succumb to any of the brain-dead jargon; to hold out against any of that recruiter’s officialdom. But at some pivotal moment—maybe a party back home gone awry—they look themselves…

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