I had a rather interesting discussion with the rest of my JROTC (a military training class offered to 14-18-year-olds in public high schools) unit the other day. A disparaging comment was made about "anti-war hippies", or something of the like, and to the surprise of everyone else I defended the viewpoint. Apparently, it's unusual to be pro-military but anti-war. This really shocked me, I have to admit. I come from a long military tradition. Both grandfathers served- my opa was an Airman, drafted for the Korean War and sent to Greenland; my PaPa was a Lt. Colonel in the Army, drafted twice for Vietnam before he went career. My boyfriend is a Petty Officer 3rd Class in the Navy, stationed in Pearl Harbor as we speak. I've been in JROTC myself for four years now, though I don't intend on enlisting or being commissioned post-university. I am very much pro-military. These are also some of the reasons I am very much anti-war. War is Hell. War is violent, expensive, and often futile. War is the worst thing for any military, and one of the worst things for a country. I think that, 99% of the time, war is not the answer. Some people seem to think that these two opinions must conflict each other. I disagree. I am pro-military because of the 1%, because if we need it I want us to be completely and utterly prepared. And I am pro-military because war is just one of many functions a military can serve. Recently, navies from around the world came together peacefully to search for the missing flight 370. The American Armed Forces are often the first on scene in major disasters such as tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes. Having a well-trained and well-equipped unit of physically and intellectually prepared service members is important for so much more than just war. One thing, however, confuses me. Even for those who believe that a military's primary (and perhaps only) function is combat, how can that opinion coexist with being pro-war? You can't be pro-steak and pro-cow, pro-savings and pro-spendings. Am I the odd one out here? ;_; My entire platoon thinks I'm insane now; what about you guys?