Young Man Not Yet Case Hardened

These are just a few of my thoughts and feelings this morning.

A young man of my acquaintance recently joined the military. He went off to boot camp a child and came back home a man.  This young man came back with his hair cut short and his pants pulled up. He indeed has been trained to follow the rules of being a member of the strongest military in the world. He stands straight and tall and walks proud; a fine example for sure.

However, this young man while on leave got a tattoo. A tattoo that meets military requirements, covered under normal dress code.

This tattoo sends a message to me. The message I get is; the young man is

English: Freehand cherry blossoms and koi fish...

English: Freehand cherry blossoms and koi fish. Design and tattoo by Joey Pang (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

well-trained in “ten-hut!” and “Oohrah!” But he still maintains the innocence of his age.

He will soon be off for more training and then shipped to his duty station.  My hopes and wishes are this young man is not unnecessarily put in harm’s way as his tour of duty continues. I do not want a life changing event to harden this young man beyond recognition.


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