IamA 9.5 year combat veteran from both Iraq and Afghanistan Wars AMA!
I joined the US Army September 2004 as an 11B (Infantryman). I was stationed in Germany for most of my career, and from there Deployed to OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) '06-'07 and OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) '09. During my deployments I earned the Bronze Star with Valor Device and two Purple Hearts along with the Combat Infantry Badge. My deployment to Iraq recently had a special on it on the season "Against the Odds, the Battle for Ramadi" and also had a book written on it called "A Chance in Hell". After making the rank of Staff Sergeant the DOD (Department of Defense) selected me to become a recruiter in California where I served and got out of the Army in April 2014. My choice to leave the Army was due majorly in part to the huge downward turns the Army and Military at large are making. Everything from budget, leadership, care for Soldiers/Families, to even the ROE (Rules of Engagement) have been declining progressively for the last 6 years. These changes made it ever harder on myself to make the moral right decisions and stand for those decisions as the higher echelons of command fought back.