This role is not yours to be had.
If it were, you would challenge the direction of your country.
College isn’t beyond the summer.
Draft cards don’t burn easily.
Enlistment is the only choice; at least you get a choice.
All, because your country called so loudly.
Soon, you will be on a boat halfway around the world.
To get there, you will travel the path of least resistance.
Any attempt to object would be futile.
Sailors do as they are told.
Pain, both mental and physical, are in store for you.
But, for now, you are nervous and excited.
This torment will last you a lifetime.
It will only be known to a select few.
I am proud to be in that group.
Be good to each other,
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