In high school, I knew a lot of guys, and even a few girls who were all hyped up to join the military. We were temporarily between 'patriotic causes'. This one bound for the marines, those two for navy. The one with the girl on his arm that every other guy in school wanted to date, off to the air force, his best friends all bound for the army. No doubts, just the knowledge that this was their place in life. You could see that self knowledge resident in their very being. Without even the swagger they walked different, they had the same accents and the same vocabulary but they spoke differently too. After you knew the look of the military destined, it wasn't something you ever forgot. Today the Boston Globe did a piece on some classmates who won't be at their next reunion.

A thank you to Bill Trippe over at CounterPundit for the lead.


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