Your post is fair thanks for that. You are right to say that because of my experience with the military of my country I am seeing the American view as irrational, or I said that myself? Anyway, today I'm not able to bless any military in this planet; I am involved in many groups in my country that reach out to my people victims of so many human rights abuses by the armed forces. So you see sister I'm an active participant of what I urge. Ever since I came to live in Canada I've made it a priority to ever criticize the armed forces that kill mostly black peoples (in the US army blacks and latinos are in front lines on the battlefield), On top of that they don't even have their dignity. I agree with the fact that in the US military soldiers reap many benefits, they can be proficient in many areas without a degree, but we all know military career aren't that great, and when you tear up a limb you have to get out..
I am only speaking form an African point of view that has seen serious injustice by US Special Forces or mercenaries as well as Angolan forces. If you have never been in that situation you really have no idea what I am talking about, that's why I said maybe I should've ignored this topic and mind my own business. Every black peoples experience is different. Black Americans would risk their lives for the US, but me there is no way I can support being, or anyone being in the military that exists for commercial interests of the government, they don't exist to keep the people safe. I had this 'direct' experience it's not a happy story.