This is such an important and serious subject, that it seemed a bad idea to just let it wander aimlessly in another thread. So I'm really going to make an effort to provide clear Biblical teaching on the issues of soldiering for the benefit of real soldiers and ex-soldiers here. If you're willing to learn, I'm willing to teach, and take full responsibility for my teaching; and believe me, there will be some serious responsibility on a life and death issue like this. I only ask that while you may freely ask questions, I'd like the chance to expound clearly and carefully my full opinion and fill in the whole picture, before everyone just starts dismantling it. That way my true position will at least get heard before judgments are made, which I invite wholeheartedly. I'm going to start with my motto/sig on another board, which is only to set the right tone and start: "Any fool can kill a man: how many have you saved?" This is a rhetorical question only, and not one I wish anyone to answer here. Only just take the time to think about the dilemma that this poses. I'll be posting my statements on the topic shortly, but the going will be slow and deliberate. I am in no hurry, but want to give my personal best to this thread. Soldiers and ex-soldiers here deserve the best answer to the issues we can give.