Comments: INVESTED

Interesting perspective Sarah, thanks for the link.

Posted by tim at February 26, 2008 12:13 PM

I tried to explain this once to a civilian friend of mine, who got annoyed at me. I was telling her that the military and their families are really the only ones that have to sacrifice for this war, and it's never been that way in the past. We have so much more of a vested interest that we stay there until the job is done--because we are the ones who understand what it all costs.

Posted by Ann M. at February 26, 2008 05:00 PM

"a young captain named Palmer Phillips cajoled and corralled sheiks three times his age"...and when these soldiers come home, and some of them leave the military and seek civilian employment, imagine how valuable this kind of experience will be. An awful lot of business involves leadership and influence, including influencing people over one doesn't have formal authority. I think 6 months negotiating with sheikhs is a kind of learning experience you just can't get in b-school.

I wonder how many companies will be astute enough to realize this?

Posted by david foster at February 26, 2008 06:21 PM

it's too bad your potus didn't take any interest in their culture before invading. maybe you would have succeeded by now

Posted by none at February 27, 2008 11:03 AM

This could almost sum up conversations my husband and I have had. He's working with IA this deployment and did on the last deployment as well and thoroughly enjoys the unique experience (and unique challenge) he is part of. I don't talk about this much to civilians because they just don't get it, they aren't invested like we are.

Posted by Stephanie at February 28, 2008 03:29 PM