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Joining the Military
Joining the Military

Learn English with this patriotism English lesson

Date: May 05 2014

Themes: News, Work

Grammar: Phrasal Verbs

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Being part of the military is a serious job. It requires a lot of training, a commitment of several years, and the willingness to go where you’re asked. While some people get military jobs that keep them safe, many people lose their lives. There is always that risk, so enlisting is a big decision.

Talking about military service can be hard, even between friends. Some people feel that joining the army shows how patriotic you are, some don’t agree with having a military at all, and many have opinions in the middle. It’s important to remember that even if your ideology is not the same as your neighbor’s, it’s likely that you both care about keeping your country safe.

Do Lily and Gary agree on the subject of joining the military? Read more in today’s English lesson.

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Gary

Gary

Lily

Lily

Lily:  So Gary, what are all these army pamphlets that are on your desk right now?

Gary:  Well, we don’t have a draft right now, but I’m considering enlisting to join the military.

Lily:  Oh, really?

Gary:  I feel like it is my patriotic duty to serve our country, and I feel like I’ve got to follow through on my convictions.

Lily:  Well, I respect your ideology, but aren’t you a little bit worried that you’re just going to get sucked into some conflict that doesn’t actually mean anything?

Gary:  See, that’s just it. I’m not getting sucked into it. I am taking part in this to protect you, to protect your mom, dad, my family, everybody. To protect our rights.

Lily:  Yes, I respect the heck out of you for doing this.

Gary:  Thank you.

Lily:  But at the same time, it’s really scary because you’re kind of at the country’s whim. They’ll send you wherever they want, and then you have to fight for something that you may not necessarily believe in.

Gary:  I agree with that. And it is scary. But I feel like I’ve got to enlist to do something because this country has given me so much.

 

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Gary believes it’s his duty to join the army, so he has been seriously thinking about it. He thinks that his country has given him a lot of opportunities, and Gary feels that he should repay this gift by enlisting in the military.

While Lily respects Gary’s opinion, she doesn’t agree with it. Lily’s worried that if Gary joins the army, he will be asked to fight somewhere for something that he might not believe in. She reminds him that he could be sent anywhere in the world, and he won’t have any say in the matter. It’s a difficult subject to talk about because Gary and Lily clearly have very strong but very different convictions.

Can you choose to join the military in your country, or is it mandatory? How do you feel about it?

 

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Staisy

Staisy

Russian Federation

Joining the military is mandatory here, but every second guy tryes to avoid it.  

12:29 PM May 27 2014 |

Juneshang

Juneshang

China

Simply speaking,military career makes a man more like a man.

08:02 PM May 08 2014 |

capten nasser

Egypt

Hello there
it is obligation to join the army and it is duty .

03:14 PM May 08 2014 |

sam14719

sam14719

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i joined to military after university graduation ,i was soidier for about 2 years


,its too hard



but i think we shoud  protect our country because years ago many people


protected  me and my land and my family…


our land is same a part of the our body


i grow up in my country ..my father  grow up in my country …..his father …


and…...


we shoud be helpe our country when need to us

09:44 AM May 08 2014 |

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S&W

S&W

China

Both my grandfather and my father had joined the army,the difference between them is my grandfather had exprienced the real war almost ten years ,He can’t see anything about war or violence on TV at his old times.My father served in peace years ,For my father, those years are full of the best memories.Army developed him become a person with decipline,responsibilities,strong will,spitrit of not afraid of hardship….


For me ,people who wanna become a soilder then go for their dreams .Mandatory can’t beat dreams ,so there is something called hope. whatever,I hate war

04:26 AM May 08 2014 |

leilahavaneh

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

going to military service could b good u could learn way new experiences bt as long as u r nt on pleasure n it wasnt b mandatory .i personally like it bt my bro is the opposite he doesn’t like to serve for this government

10:37 PM May 05 2014 |

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 julito

julito

Argentina

In my country it was mandatory and I had to serve in the army one year, that was way back in time. Since the year 1994, as a consecuence of the murder of a conscript by an abusive officer  ( the abuse was  rampant in the army  ) the law was abolished . Now young boys and girls can join  the army  if they like to pursue a militar career. i respect Gary`s decision, although i couldn´t agree more with Lily. 

12:27 PM May 05 2014 |

Nazeka90

Nazeka90

Kazakhstan

It is mandatory in our country unless you have some problems with health, or if you study in a college or university, to enlist into the army in another region of our country during one year. But of course it depends on the age. Some young men pay money for avoiding this commitment.

12:04 PM May 05 2014 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

It is mandatory in Iran and  I passed these two years but  I don’t like it.

12:02 PM May 05 2014 |

gaccioman

Italy

In my country you can choose to join the army. In italy the majority of people aren’t patriotic and so they don’t take in consideration this opportunity. In italy the army is very expensive for the the country’s economy, i don’t like this waste.

07:16 AM May 05 2014 |

handwriter

handwriter

Norway

At this moment, are groups of little children, all dressed in their school colors—all preparing to march down the street in rhythm to their country’s battle hymn. Where is the pride, glory or honor in this?

06:50 AM May 05 2014 |

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praedos

praedos

Spain

I think my country hasn’t given me any opportunity. I never going to enlist me in the army. In my country it’s a choosen, fortunatelly. The army only works for the politic games. I’m not going to fight for the interest of the richs.

06:39 AM May 05 2014 |

handwriter

handwriter

Norway

Ola, I agree with you that the world isn’t perfect—maybe never will be, but there is hope—hope is all that any of us can possibly have.
I’m not saying that at times, war isn’t necessary. Many times, war is necessary for those whose lives’ are being threatened.
It may be a misunderstanding that even the Bible is opposing war when it reads in such places as Exodus 20:13 “Thou shall not kill…” and then to apply this to mean that God has commanded us not to protect ourselves, our families and/or our friends—even if it means war.
Again, I am not against war—what I oppose is the idea that war needs to be fought with malice or with a revengeful heart.
Yes, the horrible and shocking events that happened at Crimea were disgusting and inexcusable. However, I disagree that “only the strong (being only strong of military power) survive. As history has shown time after time, those “who live by the sword—will die by the sword”.
I still stand by my ideal that no one should be made a hero in war—there is no heroism about war—it simply, at times, becomes an unfortunate responsibility.
A hero, to me, is a person who when at times of war, and possibly in the face of severe consequences, cares for an enemy in need.

06:27 AM May 05 2014 |

shahriarheydari

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Those people who are ready to lose their lives for protecting  their own  country , They are real HERO . Salute to all of them

05:09 AM May 05 2014 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

 I disagree handwriter. If you don’t defense your country, they will take over and that’s it. Like it happened with Crimea. Crimea was taken only because Ukraine didn’t have a proper army and many millitary officials turned out to be traitors taking the Russian side. Yanukovich, the former toppled president, has taken care off of ruining the Ukrainian military, putting everywhere his own people. If Ukraine had the Army, and had shown that it can answer back defensing its territory, there wouldn’t have been a mess and deaths in other parts of the country.


Unfornutaley, very sadly and disgusting, the mankind hasn’t evolved at all with all democracy, with all the agreements that turned out to be just a piece of paper.


The strongest rule. Army is the defense and strenth of the country and should be since World is far from being perfect!


05:03 AM May 05 2014 |

handwriter

handwriter

Norway

While there exists amongst us, rapacious and greedy people upon the earth, there will always be war. War is an ugly business to be sure, but at times, war is unavoidable for survival. At those times of war, it should always be carried out on the defensive—never on the offensive*(on the attack); therefore, war should never be committed on foreign lands—war should be an act of protecting your home and your family. No heroes should ever be made from war; no praises of honor should ever be paraded—for there is no honor in war. War should be carried out as swiftly as possible—and then even a quicker and complete forgiveness should follow.

*It is suggested that using defensive and offensive as contrasting meanings, is incorrect.

03:32 AM May 05 2014 |

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Eric_

Eric_

China

I can’t agree with you more @ola33.



Once you choose,you need to stick to it. 

08:01 PM May 04 2014 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

Joining the military should be only on voluntary basis like what is happening in almost the whole world. But in case of the war, there should be, out of question,  obligatory.


If joining the army is a must – it’s wrong! Imagine you’re 18 years old, want to do something in your life, achieve goals but only after you serve for a couple of years in the military. And you don’t want it! Plus,  it’s not a piece of cake. The life in there, in some countries, is like in prison and often ruins the lives of young ones for the rest of their lives.


So joining the army is only by choice!

06:02 PM May 04 2014 |

handwriter

handwriter

Norway

”...military needs dominated the country. When boys turned seven they were registered for military service, and each year men ages sixteen to thirty had to present themselves to an official for possible induction. Some men were exempted because their occupations were considered vital to the state. But others, such as school dropouts, bankrupts, servants without masters, idlers, and the unemployed, were deemed “expendable people” and could be forced into service at any time.”

05:28 PM May 04 2014 |

seungmanlee68

South Korea

I would like to recommend joining  the military as an ex-military officer. You can get a leadership and control hardships through all year round training all your life. I completed all military services in Republic of Korea Army before. During my stay, I learned how to make right decisions in various situations. I developed my strategic thinking skills by using my job title. After service, I realized that business is not different with fighting skills. All strategic thinking skills which I got in a military service are applied business field in a same way.   

06:34 PM May 02 2014 |

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