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Heh.

 “It can be as impactful for these guys as someone in a foxhole,” said Air Force spokesman Tom Kimball.

I have no doubt that it can take a toll. And can be weird, killing some people this afternoon and then heading home for a pizza and a soccer game.

But you're still not getting shot at, you live in a climate-controlled environment and don't get wet, hot, parched, or muddy. You aren't at any risk other than your drive home. There were better ways to express this, and get your point across Mr. Kimball, without trying to make bogus comparisons.

Emotional toll taxes military drone operators too.


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War affects everyone involved, but in much different ways. I wouldn't use an analogy that in any way conflates the experiences of Gunners, with Infantrymen, or with Tankers. Their environments are too different. I certainly wouldn't use any analogy such as the author did. That way lies clownish absurdity.
 
Just maybe, the best thing anybody could do for this "author" of the article would be to  help him solve his rectal obstruction problem. Once they pull his head out and wash his face thoroughly, just maybe, he won't have such a crappy perpective on the issue. Heh?

QM, I already know there is absolutely no chance of this actually happening!
 
We all have our own demons. Still, I think there is a qualitative difference between the stress a drone operator feels and the one a ground pounder feels, especially, will the ground explode under my foot on my next step. And then there's the, if I had done something different, would SFC xxxxxx still be alive, drawing his pernsion, and drinking beer whild fishing?
 
Must.

Control.

Fist.

Of.

Death....
 
The subject of the article, one Brandon Bryant, has previously been exposed as a total fraud. http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=55525
 
If you want a different point of view consider what it was like in an enclosed gun mount on a Navy ship. We never knew what was happening outside the mount; it was just keep slamming projectiles and powder into the breech until they stop coming up ther powder hoists and try stay inside your safe circle to avoid getting an arm or leg taken off by the recoil. After a few rounds we were deaf, had problems breathing the increasingly hot cordite laden air, and started wondering what were we shooting at and if we hit anything. Strange thing is...I'd do it again if I could.
 
In a Tank it was the strong smell of ammonia. Without the ventilator fan, the air inside gets unbreathable pretty quick.