How much satisfaction do you think the 90 dead GIs in Iraq, and the 90 GIs prosecuted for NDs, got?That's the crux of this entire thread. I intend to do everything humanly possible to not be the individual who is 'SOL.' I doubt the soldier who is watching arterial spay from his neck for a brief few moments or his guts searching for daylight gets any satisfaction from watching his compadres load up and gun down a terrorist.
That's not including all those injured. But we lost about 4300 service members. Each death is tragic, but we can focus on the totally avoidable 2% of dead GIs from ADs/NDs.
2% may seem "low" but it's actually perhaps the highest in any category of deaths because unlike combat deaths (comprising most of the deaths) of explosions and gunfire, or rollover deaths which are often unavoidable, 100% of the AD/ND deaths ARE avoidable. And this is a "well trained" sample study.
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By Dan Zimmerman
June 7, 2011
"According to Tom Ricks in an intro to a Foreign Policy piece by Billy Birdzell, 90 service members have been killed in Iraq alone by negligent discharges since the beginning of operations there. "