I’ll always remember one of the scariest days of my life, and the speech that a man gave that set my nerves somewhat to ease.
It was my first day in Iraq! It was 2008. I was scared out of my wits. However, a First Sergeant from the unit we were replacing came in and told us some very enlightening facts that would help with my butterflies.
“How many of you graduated from basic training?” he first asked, and of course we all raised our hands. “Good,” he said. “Then you’ve already fired more rounds, nearly one thousand times as many rounds, as any terrorist who’s been over here fighting this war for the last five years. You know how to move and evade, duck and take cover, and you know to never stick your head out. They don’t. When you’re taking fire, train your weapon in its direction, and be patient. These idiots are their own worst enemies.”
I found his words to be true that year in Iraq, and this video proves it as well.