You stay up for 16 hours.
We stay up for days on end.
You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
We go weeks without running water.
You complain of a ‘headache’ and call in sick.
We get shot at, as others are hit,and we keep moving forward.
You talk about your buddies that aren’t with you.
We know we may never see any of ours ever again.
You complain about how hot it is.
We wear our heavy gear,not daring to take off our helmet to wipe our forehead.
You get mad at the waiter for getting your order wrong.
We don’t get to eat today.
You’re mad that your class got held 5 minutes over.
We’re told we will be held over an extra 2 months.
You roll your eyes when your baby cries.
We get letters with pictures of our new baby,and wonder if we”ll ever meet.
Now that is the life of a combat soldier!