What It’s Really Like to Serve With US Soldiers – From the Eyes of a French Comrade

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  1. Revmitchell

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    The Frenchman described the solid build of American military personnel:

    [T]hey are all heads and shoulders taller than us and their muscles remind us of Rambo. Our frames are amusingly skinny to them – we are wimps, even the strongest of us – and because of that they often mistake us for Afghans.

    He wrote a self-depreciating line, while simultaneously praising the strong moral code of American soldiers:

    [T]hey are impressive warriors! We have not come across bad ones, as strange at it may seem to you when you know how critical French people can be.

    The author also strikes quite a serious note when speaking about the focus and toughness of American troops:

    [A]bove the perimeter wall they stand the five consecutive hours in full battle rattle and night vision goggles on top, their sight unmoving in the directions of likely danger. No distractions, no pauses, they are like statues nights and days.

    He finishes the editorial with a powerful salute to current members of the American military:

    This is “The Greatest Generation” of soldiers. They may never be equalled.


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