[SG] I am worried about him.
[JVB] You have said that you loved being in the military. How long did you serve and why did you love it? Why did you leave it?
[SG] I didn't say that I loved the military. I said there were aspects of military life I enjoyed. There was much I despised. But that might describe a lot of jobs.
I had over 20 years on active duty, and over four years of reserve time. I left when I retired, but if I'd have stayed one more day, I think they'd have had to put me in a special home. I was very bitter and very burned out. People will quote that to say I am embittered, as if that defines me and reduces what I say, so let me say right now that it's a logical fallacy, so don't go there. Answer the content of my arguments, and use evidence.
I liked the physicality of the military. I liked the economic security. I liked learning and developing skills. I liked the travel, even though it was sometimes a mixed blessing. I liked the exposure to a lot of different cultures inside the military and in the places I went.
I liked that I didn't have to worry about what to wear in the morning, and I liked the kind of egalitarianism that was in the military that many people don't recognize. I hated the bureaucracy and red tape.