The allure of the combat deployment is always enticing, and oftentimes disappointing in its return of investment. What is it you’re investing? Emotional stock, mostly. While one is always grateful for the continued safety of their friends and fellow Marines, a boring deployment is something that can have significant ego damage in the future. I know this, because both of my deployments to Iraq were boring as fuck. Not for lack of trying–I was the lead turret gunner often, outside the wire nearly every day. It was never what I thought it would be though, and I doubt it is for most Marines in one way or another.
With that said, only Marines would understand the idea of missing out on excitement in this regard. When I say this sort of thing to my civilian friends and family, they relent to me how they’re happy no one got hurt. Of course. We all are. But it just wasn’t what we were expecting.
On deployment, monotony takes on a whole new meaning, and it’s important to remember that those scrawlings across the ECP cement barriers are true from day one to day 180: Complacency kills–even if it doesn’t seem like it.
On a side note, if anyone from GoPro happens to be reading this and wants to send me a GoPro camera so I can make awesome videos and pimp it out like crazy, I wouldn’t complain.
On a Kickstarter note, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the survey. Once again, the survey isn’t going out until (at the very least) all of the payments have been collected, which should be coming to a close this weekend. If your card got declined or there was some issue, this weekend is your last chance to fix it! As well, the survey will actually be sent out when the items are closer to being ready to ship. I had to set up new bank accounts for this, so I just recently got my new cards and such and have finally been able to start ordering the rewards. Just this morning, I received a box loaded with 1700 envelopes from UPS.