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Hi, my name is John and I'm a student at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. I'm currently trying to put together a project concerning the effects of war on society and the individual. A large part of my project is going to be collecting narratives, recollections, personal experiences, and opinions from people whose lives have been directly influenced by war in some way, whether it be through serving in the military, through experiences with the service of a family member or friend, or through some level of involvement as a civilian.

I have prepared a short series of questions for the purpose of gathering this information over online communities. If anyone could take the time to post a comment or e-mail me at marlfox0415@yahoo.com with their answers to any of these questions (or anything else you would be willing to share), it would be greatly appreciated. Although I can provide no direct compensation, I hope some of you will be willing to share your experiences. Thank you very much for your time.




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This survey is divided into multiple sections tailored towards different areas of involvement with war. If you decide to respond, please post your answers in a comment or e-mail your answers to me at marlfox0415@yahoo.com

All e-mail respondents are guaranteed as much anonymity as the internet provides. If remaining anonymous isn’t a problem for you, feel free to answer any or all of these questions in comment form. Thanks again!


For everyone:

How have you been involved with war and what personal meaning does it hold for you?


When you think about war, what sorts of images come to mind?


What makes a soldier brave?



For veterans or those currently involved in the military:

Why did you decide to become a part of the military?


What do you believe that you, personally, were/are fighting for?


What did you think of the enemy?


Did you see any combat? If so, how did this experience make you feel?


How do you feel that your time spent in the military has influenced your identity?


Please describe a memorable experience or two that you had during your service.



For those who plan on becoming involved in the military:

Why do you wish to become a part of the military?


What do you believe that you, personally, will be fighting for?


What do you think of the enemy?


Do you expect to see any combat? If so, how do you think it will make you feel?



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From:ambs03
Date:March 17th, 2005 07:30 am (UTC)
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Hello, I just happened to be searching the web and came across your journal and wanted to comment for your survey:

For everyone:

How have you been involved with war and what personal meaning does it hold for you? I haven't been "involved" in the war, but I have 3 brothers, my dad, and 4 of my best friends who are in the military. 3 of them are currently in Iraq right now. I hate not being able to talk to them and to make sure they're ok. It hold a personal meaning b/c my family is overseas and fighting for our country. But I am VERY proud of all of them and every single person who is doing this!


When you think about war, what sorts of images come to mind? Bombs and just fighting with another country. I hope one day when I have children this will be solved so they don't have to go through what are going through right now.


What makes a soldier brave? Fighting for their country, willingly!
From:bigrichmaher
Date:May 6th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)

My big Bro

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Hi, My big brother is currently in Iraq (US ARMY) and its his second time over there i go to bed everynight praying that ill hear from him soon, my heart hurts when he is gone. I am 17 years old 6 ft tall and over 200 lbs but i still break down and cry when he leaves, i fear it may be my last goodbye. Even though i now realize war isnt as glourios as it is made out to be im still joining the Air Force. Ive been a cadet in a highschool level air force program for 4 years now and ill be going in within the next 2 years.
WHAT MAKES A SOILDER BRAVE IS THE FACT THAT HE IS A SOLDIER (WILLINGLY giving up all his rights to fight and even die)
From:dopple
Date:July 31st, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
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if I sent you an invite, would you repost this to my community?
From:grassangels
Date:May 29th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)

better late than never? oh well, screw it

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well i just took the time to fill this out, and then i looked at the date, i guess i'm a little late.

For veterans or those currently involved in the military:

Why did you decide to become a part of the military?
To see what has shaped civilization.
To experience America's impact on the world without any media bias.
A sense of duty to fight when my country is at war.
To understand something before I joined all my friends who quickly spoke against it.
I played soldier a lot as a kid.

What do you believe that you, personally, were/are fighting for?
I fought to do my part in my countries war. Now I fight for revenge and anger. We are fighting for our Economic greed, and trying to create a more stable reigion in the process that we can benifit from. If it wasn't us on top it would be them hurting us for their greed.


What did you think of the enemy?
They look like skinny wetbacks. They limp a lot... I'm talking about all iraqis. I guess they arn't all the enemy.
The first time we killed one I thought, "So wow, this guy is all shot up like the mob movies, he is swiss cheese. How is he still alive? he will die soon, i can't beleive we have to give him medical attention."

The first time I captured one I thought, "This man handed his kid a grenade to throw at us, he is so skinny and weak, that little kid over there got Bell in the leg, oh well, his dad will make a good meat shield, i'll place my weapon on his shoulder and use him as a manpod because I can't shoot one handed if i get attacked again."

Did you see any combat? If so, how did this experience make you feel?
I saw enough. It made me feel excited.


How do you feel that your time spent in the military has influenced your identity?
I don't even know where to begin on this question. I'm really messed up.

Please describe a memorable experience or two that you had during your service.

grenades explode, mortars shake things, and bullets crack. when you get hit it burns and hurts but as long as an artery or organ aint hit your probably good to carry on the mission. getting shot at is fun. basic training is stupid. mowing lawns blows.
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