Quote Originally Posted by swordpath View Post
A lot of people that go into the military come from troubled backgrounds. Some people gravitate to the military in hopes of escaping that. Unfortunately the baggage follows a lot of these individuals, and the compounded stress and environment of the military can adversely affect people pretty severely.

I can say first hand that military life can be very lonely.
That's helpful information to account for the greater context about who enters into the army in the first place. It makes me more thoughtful about the army's culture.

It's sort of analogous to medical or financial issues that crop up in high numbers in disadvantaged communities.

It's unhelpful to judge everyone by the same finish line when we all had different starting lines.