And I guess there is a type? This lie- that the military is somehow a collection of hard core ugly mifits, the men are Sgt Rock and the women are rocks in comfortable shoes- is widespread. My mother had the same idea. It is ever so with those we reduce to “them” or “others.” The military is us. To your point. I saw unbelievable beauty, courage, competence. And of course the opposite. It is just humanity, doing our best to serve humanity. Thanks for your kind words.

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