The Speech That Military Recruiters Don’t Want You To Hear

by Casey Carlisle

“To be clear, the desire to serve one’s country is noble, but we must first define ‘country.’ Serving one’s country is entirely different from serving one’s government. They are not the same. Serving one’s country is serving one’s family, friends, neighbors, and the land that they’ve made home. Serving one’s country is serving one’s community. Serving one’s government, however, is ultimately what everyone does when they enlist or when they take my path as an officer. Who are these people in government that you’ll end up serving? Are they your family, friends, or neighbors? For the most part, they are not, yet, they are ultimately who will decide your fate while in uniform.” (06/05/24)