I recently attended the military basic training graduation of a loved one. The transformation of that person in eight short weeks was nothing short of impressive. We sent them a boy, they sent back a man.
He had started working while in high school and had good work records with employers. These jobs paid the bills but left no room for advancement. He had no sense of direction for his life or hope for a successful future. The opportunities in our area being so limited and the fear of leaving the security of the family he knows was holding him back.
He made the brave decision to enlist. Uncle Sam soon cleared up any indecision by testing and choosing what he is most suited for on the list of needs. Now that young man is focused and motivated to face life. He is excited for his future.
In times past, our judicial system offered a choice of jail or military. What happened to that opportunity for offenders? Why shouldn't a person be allowed the chance to be tested and possibly accepted for service instead of jail? What is the chance of redeeming oneself while incarcerated? When repeat offenders go to prison, we send them a punk, they send us back a hardened criminal
Our society could use a lot more productive, tax-paying, law-abiding, confident young men. Maybe it is time to bring back the military option. I like the military offer, you send us a boy we will send you back a man.