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  1. Profile photo of Tazwert
    Tazwert Male 40-49
    7 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 9:01 am
    Link: 27 Months in the Life of a Young Soldier - Starting on his high school graduation day, we see the highs and lows of Ian Fisher in this moving photo journal. Wow.
  2. Profile photo of MYCHEMGIRL
    MYCHEMGIRL Female 13-17
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    November 5, 2009 at 10:16 am
    Ooooh, I like this alot. But he began smoking. Terrible, dirty habbit. >:[
  3. Profile photo of murrymalty
    murrymalty Female 18-29
    2676 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 10:22 am
    wow
    this was really really good
  4. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    November 5, 2009 at 10:24 am
    links broken
  5. Profile photo of IQover
    IQover Male 13-17
    1043 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 10:28 am
    COol!
  6. Profile photo of edana42
    edana42 Female 50-59
    2509 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 10:30 am
    I can`t help but thinking...geeze, they`re just kids.
  7. Profile photo of panth753
    panth753 Female 18-29
    9185 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 10:32 am
    So I`m not the only one getting problems cobrakiller.
  8. Profile photo of HUFFER
    HUFFER Male 30-39
    368 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 10:33 am
    Firefox can`t establish a connection to the server at blogs.denverpost.com.
  9. Profile photo of Windrider15
    Windrider15 Male 13-17
    656 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 10:38 am
    that was really interesting...
  10. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    November 5, 2009 at 10:49 am
    it finally worked for me. that was really cool
  11. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 10:50 am
    Wow he`s in a rush to get married.
  12. Profile photo of domisgood
    domisgood Male 18-29
    4868 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 10:51 am
    wow, that was awesome
  13. Profile photo of TheManJT
    TheManJT Male 13-17
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    November 5, 2009 at 11:00 am
    brilliant article, well done iab. and well done whoever made the article.. bonus well done to Ian
  14. Profile photo of tom-brady12
    tom-brady12 Male 13-17
    295 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:00 am
    this is amazing
  15. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25408 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:02 am
    Wow! that was so cool!
  16. Profile photo of quentinb
    quentinb Male 18-29
    193 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:07 am
    hot wife :) quite a story though.
  17. Profile photo of Malibu315
    Malibu315 Female 18-29
    233 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:12 am
    i liked this alot!
  18. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
    18502 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:19 am
    Was it me, or did he have 3 fiances within this timeline?

    What`s the rush, kid?

    That said, this sorta gave me a lump in my throat--it was great, but depressing.

  19. Profile photo of anyer
    anyer Female 13-17
    151 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:20 am
    i have goosebumps
  20. Profile photo of beckpratt
    beckpratt Female 18-29
    204 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:23 am
    i don`t think he BEGAN smoking, mychemgirl... he was probably already doing it.
  21. Profile photo of apermal
    apermal Male 18-29
    322 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:31 am
    A salute to you, Ian. Wonderful post IAB. You just made my day.
  22. Profile photo of GummyWurmz
    GummyWurmz Female 13-17
    1412 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:35 am
    how many girlies?
  23. Profile photo of megann_exoh
    megann_exoh Female 13-17
    688 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:44 am
    my eyes sting.
  24. Profile photo of Skeezer1991
    Skeezer1991 Male 18-29
    722 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:46 am
    I like how he had like 9 girlfriends throughout the story lol. And they were all f*cking hot too.
  25. Profile photo of osirisascend
    osirisascend Male 40-49
    3039 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:50 am
    @ Fancy: I counted I counted four different girlfriends (one might have been just a friend), two engagements, and one marriage.

    I can relate, I had five different girlfriends my first two years in the Army (no, not at the same time)... but I didn`t get engaged to any of them!

  26. Profile photo of fancylady
    fancylady Female 30-39
    864 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:54 am
    glad it didn`t end with a flag draped casket .
  27. Profile photo of mlr1021
    mlr1021 Female 18-29
    121 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:55 am
    as the wife of a soldier, and having lived this first hand, you would think that it would take the "punch" out of a story like this, but it doesn`t. Still very touching. Good post!!!
  28. Profile photo of Lynea
    Lynea Female 18-29
    267 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 12:05 pm
    I`m surprised how young the recruits are. What edana42 said.
  29. Profile photo of nirosaki
    nirosaki Female 18-29
    654 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 12:11 pm
    I was really scared to reach the end.

    I thought I was going to see a picture of a ceremony and a coffin.

  30. Profile photo of natakalt
    natakalt Female 18-29
    1697 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 12:17 pm
    why was he in such a hurry to marry?

    And that girl he ended up with, looked a bit slutty, not to mention the fact that they might not know each other enough for such big commitment.

  31. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 12:30 pm
    Never forget: You can`t loose with god on your side! Bahaha... I see nothing poetic in these pictures. In fact they depress me.
  32. Profile photo of TheSpoon
    TheSpoon Male 18-29
    212 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 12:36 pm
    they all seemed very young... too young
  33. Profile photo of gorgack2000
    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
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    November 5, 2009 at 12:37 pm
    I think they skipped a few large parts but aside form that I found it very insightful.

    I don`t really agree that US/UK soldiers should be in Iraq but I have massive respect for them having the balls to go into such a dangerous place and fight terrorists.

  34. Profile photo of DaisyDope
    DaisyDope Female 13-17
    299 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 12:50 pm
    depressing.
    love and world peace, please :(
  35. Profile photo of sfcg
    sfcg Male 30-39
    796 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 12:52 pm
    Interesting perspective.
  36. Profile photo of Hiromi
    Hiromi Female 18-29
    1149 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 12:56 pm
    "why was he in such a hurry to marry?

    And that girl he ended up with, looked a bit slutty, not to mention the fact that they might not know each other enough for such big commitment."


    Exactly what I thought.

    There`s nothing really that great about these pictures in my opinion.

  37. Profile photo of Subushie
    Subushie Male 18-29
    1646 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 1:00 pm
    thats about right.
  38. Profile photo of BlackiPod
    BlackiPod Male 18-29
    1246 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 1:26 pm
    Psssh Army boot camp. What a joke.
  39. Profile photo of nrg70
    nrg70 Male 30-39
    121 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 1:30 pm
    I know I`m going to catch hell for this, but why does every military recruit have to look like a circus freak? God I`m so sick and tired of everyone looking like a cheap, tattoed douchebag.
  40. Profile photo of arcticsheep
    arcticsheep Male 13-17
    82 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 1:31 pm
    While at his dad’s new home near Morrison, Ian sits at the table with his essentials: cellphone, energy drink, cigarettes and a vial of Vicodin. In addition to his foot injury, Ian recently strained his back while weightlifting and is now taking muscle relaxants. Eric Fisher expresses concern about the drugs, but Ian dismisses it: “At least it’s not coke, Ecstasy, weed. … I’ve got like six‚ seven different medications now. They give it to you for a reason. I’m not going to just let them sit there.”

    WTF, as if vikadin is not as bad for you as weed and ecstasy?? lmfao, talk about uneducated.

  41. Profile photo of Ossum
    Ossum Female 18-29
    37 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 1:43 pm
    Did anyone else notice that he went through 3 girls in 27 months? How the hell does he even know what he wants...another marriage doomed to fail. :(

    I appreciate his committment to our country however and wish him the best.

  42. Profile photo of britt566
    britt566 Female 18-29
    2291 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 1:43 pm
    Why can`t young women stand straight? WHY must one leg bend. Even in a marriage ceremony... christ...
  43. Profile photo of Subushie
    Subushie Male 18-29
    1646 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 1:54 pm
    @arcticsheep
    weed and ecstacy are purely recreational drugs. and ecstasy as been know to cause severe mental deficiencies. vicodin is no where nearly as bad as it is. the only problems with vicodin is its addicting and can cause some liver problems if abused, aside from that it has many positive things that it does for people in real pain.

    lmafo talk about uneducated

  44. Profile photo of a1butcher
    a1butcher Male 40-49
    4812 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 2:02 pm
    Wow amazing pictures.
    $94.99 for a dirt devil ?!?! What a bargin!
  45. Profile photo of wrexsoull
    wrexsoull Male 18-29
    86 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 2:38 pm
    I have concluded that Ian is a bit of a loser. Just look at the tats, cigarettes, and his friends. I think that joining the Army was one of the smartest decisions he ever made because at least it shaped up his life a little.
  46. Profile photo of CoffeeDiiva
    CoffeeDiiva Female 40-49
    1605 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm
    My son just graduated Marine Boot camp I don`t know if I would want to see all the pics of the hard things he had to go through.
    Those were great pics though.
    I did laugh at the face he was making when his girlfriend was picking out a ring. then I laughed because she has 80s hair lol
  47. Profile photo of squirebag
    squirebag Male 18-29
    106 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 3:22 pm
    Hooyah
  48. Profile photo of SpoonFork
    SpoonFork Male 30-39
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    November 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm
    yeah ian does seem like a loser, and i`m not big on the soldier fetish these days, slapping a uniform on him doesn`t make him a hero. but he`s living his life in a good way instead of screwing it up. yeah, maybe he`s getting something in return, a paycheck and college education when he gets out with the g.i.bill but he could do worse. it`s just too bad you have to kill people for an opportunity in this world.
  49. Profile photo of PoonHat
    PoonHat Male 18-29
    194 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 3:47 pm
    jesus christ how many times did he switch girlfriends!?
    And how long did he know that girl before marrying her!?
    D:!?
  50. Profile photo of AcidicLemons
    AcidicLemons Female 18-29
    230 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 3:56 pm
    Kinda cool.
  51. Profile photo of Voxifera
    Voxifera Female 13-17
    29 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm
    you just know they`re getting a divorce in a few months. pictures were great though
  52. Profile photo of rgsupergrove
    rgsupergrove Male 18-29
    899 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm
    He complained about being a number in the army, yet he just joind general service!

    Although, I did tear up a little... ;)

  53. Profile photo of Purey
    Purey Male 18-29
    453 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm
    Wow powerful stuff, don`t they all just look like children
  54. Profile photo of FreshMint
    FreshMint Male 18-29
    181 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm
    I think some of the comments are a bit harsh. Surely enough, he admit to be confused, and look for a path for his future. In the process, he makes a tough and (debatably) brave decision in joining the Army to be deployed in Iraq.

    I don`t glorify Armies, nor wars - especially not the war in Iraq. But I recognize what it takes to someone to put himself in a life threatening situation for believing in something.

    His choice is something very few of us would make. Not because of our degrees, or our career, or our wife/girlfriends, or childrens. But because most of us aren`t ready to die for our ideas, or to sort our lives.

    No matter if you think he is a loser, dumb, or if the war in Iraq is justified, or not. He deserves respect.

  55. Profile photo of Ninjakunai2
    Ninjakunai2 Male 13-17
    221 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 4:51 pm
    Really good post. Great story.
  56. Profile photo of emzrok
    emzrok Female 13-17
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    November 5, 2009 at 4:56 pm
    I agree with the people saying Ian`s sort of a loser. He seemed completely unable to make responsible decisions, and...I don`t know. I`m sick of hearing the stories about the kids who do badly in high school and join the army, fight, and they come out and everyone`s all like "HOMYGAWD you are an american hero." I`m totally the only one, and I might seem like a dick for saying this all, but fighting in the war does NOT make you a hero or anyting similar to it to me in any way, shape, or form.
  57. Profile photo of emzrok
    emzrok Female 13-17
    1306 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 4:57 pm
    P.S. lots of those pictures were amazing O_o
  58. Profile photo of Blitzdrache
    Blitzdrache Male 13-17
    150 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 4:58 pm
    I have a soldier fetish.
  59. Profile photo of Blitzdrache
    Blitzdrache Male 13-17
    150 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm
    OMG THE GUYS ARE HUGGING ITS SO ADORABLE I LOVE YAOI!!!!!!!!!!!!
  60. Profile photo of KeVsTeR2475
    KeVsTeR2475 Male 13-17
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    November 5, 2009 at 5:00 pm
    pretty awesome. although they made it seem as if iraq was easy (and yeah yeah i know its not), that was pretty touching.
  61. Profile photo of bluethen
    bluethen Male 13-17
    617 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 5:27 pm
    emzrok, that was probably the most ignorant thing I`ve heard all day.
  62. Profile photo of bluethen
    bluethen Male 13-17
    617 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 5:28 pm
    Wow... I take that back, almost everyone on this page is being ignorant.

  63. Profile photo of xScalawag
    xScalawag Female 18-29
    195 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 5:32 pm
    "They were young boys when they got here; now they’re a well-oiled machine.” ...That line creeped me out. Especially cause he was saying it as a good thing.
  64. Profile photo of parkm
    parkm Male 13-17
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    November 5, 2009 at 5:32 pm
    emzrok
    Female, 13-17, Western US
    1123 Posts
    "blah blah blah"

    People fighting and dying for your freedom doesn`t make them a hero?

  65. Profile photo of primetimekin
    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    November 5, 2009 at 5:39 pm
    Gotta agree with parkm on this one
  66. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    November 5, 2009 at 5:39 pm
    Boring.
  67. Profile photo of Kelkalee
    Kelkalee Female 18-29
    15 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 5:39 pm
    okay seriously anyone who comments on here saying that "going over and fighting" does not make them a hero is a complete moron, and has a warped sense of what a hero is. I think that all of you people should go to hell, and you are ungrateful. comments like that make more more mad than I can even express. These men and women put their effing lives on the line and you have no respect for them at all? I have no respect for anyone like that.
  68. Profile photo of tangello
    tangello Female 13-17
    901 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 5:44 pm
    i`m on emzrok`s side... -_-
  69. Profile photo of Kelkalee
    Kelkalee Female 18-29
    15 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 5:45 pm
    I`d also like to add that the people who are saying these negative things are people who are 13-17, and are obviously ungrateful little poos who probably have everything handed to them and don`t appreciate anything.
  70. Profile photo of JihadAllah
    JihadAllah Male 13-17
    372 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 6:12 pm
    While taking vicodin and smoking cigarettes: "at least it`s not ... weed"

    Fuuuuuck yooooouuu

  71. Profile photo of Pilanus
    Pilanus Male 18-29
    675 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 6:12 pm
    That was awesome. And what is even more awesome is that I know Devin Ervin, She was is quite a few of my classes and we were close acquaintances. I`m happy she has found someone like Ian, she is an amazing girl, and from what Ian sounds like, they belong together. I wish them the best.
  72. Profile photo of DRxSATANx
    DRxSATANx Male 18-29
    321 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 6:16 pm
    That was cool, and thats badass that hes from my hometown
  73. Profile photo of Samsonite219
    Samsonite219 Male 18-29
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    November 5, 2009 at 6:18 pm
    crazy stuff... the chick he ended up marrying was hot as poo... nice rack
  74. Profile photo of xxamsey
    xxamsey Female 18-29
    858 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 6:39 pm
    That was amazing, loved it. :)
    The type of thing I love seeing on IAB.
  75. Profile photo of xxamsey
    xxamsey Female 18-29
    858 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 6:40 pm
    "but fighting in the war does NOT make you a hero or anyting similar to it to me in any way, shape, or form."
    Lets see you do it, fresh out of high school. Lets see if you have the guts and the courage to do that.
    I seriously think you don`t.
  76. Profile photo of IkeRay
    IkeRay Male 18-29
    2705 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 7:00 pm
    "Lets see you do it, fresh out of high school. Lets see if you have the guts and the courage to do that.
    I seriously think you don`t."

    I think you`re confusing courage with bravado and stupidity. he wasn`t being brave, he didn`t know what he was doing with his life, like many people. unfortunately for him, he didn`t work hard in school and had a 2.0 gpa, meaning it`d have been hell to get into college and decide his future.

    if I was the enemy, I`d be thrilled to read this article, this is the typical soldier of the US, a 18 year old douche. I say douche because he gets engaged in Dec, she breaks up with him in March, he immediately "is in love" with another girl and broken up within a couple of weeks, and finally meets a girl in March and is married by Aug...

    “When I come home from Iraq, I’ll be in the best shape of my life,”

    no, that should`ve been when you left home...

  77. Profile photo of viczko
    viczko Male 13-17
    906 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 7:01 pm
    hmmm this is a good post. Nice job IAB
  78. Profile photo of IkeRay
    IkeRay Male 18-29
    2705 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 7:04 pm
    the lamest part was "at least I`m not doing harder drugs" -to his dad

    "Ian sits in counselling discussing his drug use"

    *facepalm*

  79. Profile photo of 8o8azn
    8o8azn Female 13-17
    133 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 7:07 pm
    he had a lot of girlfriends
  80. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    November 5, 2009 at 7:11 pm
    Incredible post, I`ve shared this with all my friends. As a staunch opponent to the invasion of Iraq, I would say this series of pics transcends that, and tell the human story of a kid, any kid, who goes out do what he believes in.

    I`m a bleeding-heart liberal (as the insult goes) and I thought this was just amazing. As much as I disagreed with the whole fiasco, this shows the human story, of people involved.

    I`m done with scoring points, lets hope these guys have a full and happy life. Surely that`s all one can ask.

    Come home safe, guys.

  81. Profile photo of turbopuppy
    turbopuppy Male 30-39
    158 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 7:52 pm
    If I was the enemy I would be scared stupid. Basic training IS for burning away stupidity and bravado. No arguement he may have been young and brash. But NOW he is an US Army Soldier! Decorated. Successful. Deadly.
  82. Profile photo of billy66bare
    billy66bare Male 18-29
    289 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 7:56 pm
    Nice post
  83. Profile photo of Moopgasm
    Moopgasm Male 18-29
    250 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 8:08 pm
    lol weak he got engaged so young
  84. Profile photo of wrexsoull
    wrexsoull Male 18-29
    86 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 8:25 pm
    Wow davymid. I think that is the first thing you have ever said that I agreed with.
  85. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
    12151 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 8:33 pm
    Handshake, wrexsoull? This kid deserves a handshake from both of us.

    I have a newfound respect, for one.

  86. Profile photo of Piepig
    Piepig Male 13-17
    1524 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 8:37 pm
    Some of the pics don`t load on iPod touch... );
  87. Profile photo of icecream2269
    icecream2269 Female 18-29
    523 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 8:42 pm
    i liked that, it was interesting.
  88. Profile photo of DeSheaaaaa
    DeSheaaaaa Female 18-29
    187 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 8:52 pm
    Ian sits at the table with his essentials: cellphone, energy drink, cigarettes and a vial of Vicodin. In addition to his foot injury, Ian recently strained his back while weightlifting and is now taking muscle relaxants. Eric Fisher expresses concern about the drugs, but Ian dismisses it: “At least it’s not coke, Ecstasy, weed. … I’ve got like six‚ seven different medications now. They give it to you for a reason. I’m not going to just let them sit there.”

    Hmmmm... Vicodin and six or seven other pain medications, cigarettes, and energy drinks... are less harmful than weed? =\ Yeah right...

  89. Profile photo of mynamecandi
    mynamecandi Female 18-29
    209 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 8:57 pm
    I`m impressed IAB.
  90. Profile photo of Armydillo
    Armydillo Male 13-17
    138 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm
    He reminds me of Private Joker.
  91. Profile photo of brownsugar3
    brownsugar3 Male 18-29
    306 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 9:22 pm
    WOw deep stuff..my good friend is leaving for Afghanistan in January!! He wont admit it but he`s scared outta his mind..but then again who wouldn`t be..its gonna be weird when he`s gone
  92. Profile photo of CAP9993
    CAP9993 Male 18-29
    167 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 9:25 pm
    good link IAB.
  93. Profile photo of jareddevour
    jareddevour Male 18-29
    289 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 9:42 pm
    That marriage will probably last all of 6 months, but other than that pretty cool story. Gives you good insight on what it`s really like to do it.
  94. Profile photo of LouScannon
    LouScannon Male 40-49
    38 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 9:51 pm
    Utter pap!

    Same photographer? Same camera? Propaganda much?

  95. Profile photo of Genocyde
    Genocyde Male 30-39
    712 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm
    Hopefully the kid`s well-adjusted enough to reacquaint himself with life back here at home.
  96. Profile photo of TacoChel
    TacoChel Female 18-29
    343 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:10 pm
    Meh
  97. Profile photo of obhwfgirl
    obhwfgirl Female 18-29
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    November 5, 2009 at 11:24 pm
    It was so awesome to hear about the soldiers from my hometown <3 Good going Colorado boys!!
  98. Profile photo of Gexxo
    Gexxo Male 18-29
    673 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:36 pm
    I love it. Watching this kid stumble through life, one mistake after another
  99. Profile photo of trp712
    trp712 Male 18-29
    2240 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:41 pm
    Wow, those are some very moving pictures.
  100. Profile photo of BunnyNaku
    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
    5224 posts
    November 5, 2009 at 11:42 pm
    Those pictures were heartbreakingly beautiful. I was half worried these pics were gonna end with a coffin. Thankfully not though, and sadly I agree that his marraige probably wont last long.
  101. Profile photo of RecycleElf
    RecycleElf Male 18-29
    3622 posts
    November 6, 2009 at 12:24 am
    what a douche
  102. Profile photo of odeed
    odeed Male 18-29
    453 posts
    November 6, 2009 at 12:32 am
    "I love it. Watching this kid stumble through life, one mistake after another"

    Wow, talk about douchebag. This was beautiful.

  103. Profile photo of Atomaton
    Atomaton Male 18-29
    98 posts
    November 6, 2009 at 12:46 am
    "oh the army made him a man and now he`s living the dream!" nothing but conservative propaganda. in reality the military ruins lives, breaks up families and oh yeah KILLS people. humans messed up big time when they decided it was a good idea to violently impose their will on others.
  104. Profile photo of odeed
    odeed Male 18-29
    453 posts
    November 6, 2009 at 12:54 am
    "nothing but conservative propaganda. in reality the military ruins lives, breaks up families and oh yeah KILLS people. humans messed up big time when they decided it was a good idea to violently impose their will on others."

    Looks like someone has missed the point of wars, obviously they`re awful, but the wars you describe haven`t been fought in western countries since the days of imperialism. idiot.

  105. Profile photo of ImTakingOver
    ImTakingOver Male 18-29
    388 posts
    November 6, 2009 at 12:57 am
    cool post
    I would never join the facking army tho
  106. Profile photo of Gexxo
    Gexxo Male 18-29
    673 posts
    November 6, 2009 at 1:02 am
    "Wow, talk about douchebag."

    I`m quite serious actually, beyond joining the military in the first place (which is a whole other debate), just about every other entry is a mistake of some sort. Ian gets a drug addiction. Ian is late to his station. Ian spends a ton of money on some girl he isn`t going to marry. Ian hooks up and breaks up with a girl over a small period of time. Ian gets married to a girl he`s dated for a couple months. Ian is beginning to hate the situation he`s in. The list goes on.

    He did some good things, certainly, but it`s just so eclipsed by how he`s seemed to mismanage just about every aspect of his life. Rather than feel inspired, I just feel like I want to avoid being this guy at all costs.

    But, eh, I guess different people are inspired by different things

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    aussieguy29 Male 18-29
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    November 6, 2009 at 1:22 am
    cool pictures, but that guy is a real tool. how many times did he get engaged? he also looks about 13 years old. how desperate is the US military these days?
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    pdjr Male 40-49
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    November 6, 2009 at 3:02 am
    Oh Look, pictures of a teenager sent off to kill people....... sweet
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    November 6, 2009 at 4:49 am
    You know, you can disagree with the war while still supporting the troops guys.
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    pdjr Male 40-49
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    November 6, 2009 at 4:59 am
    Bob... most of them guys are just everyday people, but they`re desensitised to death and trained to kill... ultimately their innocence is stripped away be a government and military regime in a conflict that has nothing to do with these boys... he just looks like a dumb kid, but he`ll end up with empty eyes and the fear......
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    leigh-ann Female 18-29
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    November 6, 2009 at 5:34 am
    How did he managed to get through three girls while away for a year? And how quickly did he get married like. Not smart
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    Catx Male 18-29
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    November 6, 2009 at 6:05 am
    military dogs! I have met a handful of guys like this. They are usually only interested in making money. Let`s face it, you come from a family that doesn`t have enough money to send you to college, can`t find a job, don`t really know what to do after high school, so you join the army. It works out for everyone. You get an education and a job, while the government gets more dogs to use in pointless campaigns.

    Oh, and most of those guys get with these woman that want structure and stability, and they end up having kids and splitting up. Over half of the guys I know in the army have kids and have been divorced, or are going through the process.

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    indofosho Male 13-17
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    November 6, 2009 at 6:28 am
    The only thing cool about this was the photography. Thats it.
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    indofosho Male 13-17
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    November 6, 2009 at 6:30 am
    And joining the army will not make you a better person.
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    ZenDragon Female 18-29
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    November 6, 2009 at 6:33 am
    I enjoyed the photojournalist article. However, I don`t think enrolling into the military makes one a hero. I believe the term "hero" is quite overused these days. There are actual heroes , like teachers, doctors, et cetera who have greater influence on people (their ambitions, their health...). Anyway, this guy in the article seems like the biggest douchebag ever, and it takes more than his job position for me to respect him.
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    ZenDragon Female 18-29
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    November 6, 2009 at 6:34 am
    That Kirsten girl is kidding herself. He`s been with three girls within a short amount of time, and she think he`ll commit to her for the rest of their lives? I don`t think so.
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    duncstar Male 18-29
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    November 6, 2009 at 7:20 am
    Wow, some pretty extreme opinions being voiced on here.

    Still, I bet if the war on your soil, you`d be turning to people like Joe to defend you?

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    madest Male 40-49
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    November 6, 2009 at 7:59 am
    The two giant fallacies put forth about soldiering are: "They`re hero`s" and "They`re fighting for our freedoms".

    As this post proves, they are neither.

    We have an inability in our country to put the shoe on the other foot. Imagine if we were invaded and told how to live by some foreign nation. Would you help the invaders or be considered a terrorist by their media?

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    cellopaddy Male 30-39
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    November 6, 2009 at 9:08 am
    this is just wrong.
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    Chaos7 Male 18-29
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    November 6, 2009 at 9:19 am
    meh.
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    Molehouse Male 13-17
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    November 6, 2009 at 10:47 am
    Conveniantly gets rid of the bit about the murdering.
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    littlepete50 Male 18-29
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    November 6, 2009 at 11:03 am
    A very interesting view into the lives of soldiers, although I`m aware it`s not quite as cheery as this
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    SM25 Male 13-17
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    November 6, 2009 at 11:53 am
    Nice photos
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    Atomaton Male 18-29
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    November 6, 2009 at 1:14 pm
    i agree with almightybob to an extent. i support the soldiers but i am very much against officers, recruiters especially, and the military system itself.

    also it looks like odeed has a problem with opinions contrary to his own...but its not my place to throw insults his way just because he`s different so i will be the mature one and step down.

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    cshoo711 Male 18-29
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    November 6, 2009 at 6:41 pm
    What was confusing as hell to me is that while reading this story another girls name would pop up. I would then scroll back up the page to look at the previous name just to be sure it isn`t the same girl, and then I would continue on reading. I mean how the hell could he have almost gotten married to the first girl only to break up with her and then immediatly get with another girl shortly after and them dump her as well. Then he got together with yet ANOTHER girl, date her for what looked to be less than a year and then marry her! WTF?

    But besides that little mess up of his life, I respect the guy for joining the military which has been something I had always thought of doing until life took me on a different path, and my medical record got in the way. It is undoubtable that he did a great thing for his country that some people are dumb enough to degrade and then have the arrogance to call him a murderer, which is most untrue. The people the military are fighting at this moment are

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    Sahjan Female 13-17
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    November 7, 2009 at 11:29 am
    That`s interesting. I love it.
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    kinjomusashi Male 30-39
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    November 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm
    great series...awesome look at a soldier`s life...i wish him and his new wife all the best!

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