Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 10 years ago

Comparing and Contrast military soldiers vs normal citizens!.. Help!?!?

I have to write an essay in which I can compare and contrast two groups’ attitudes toward an aspect of life/living. I was thinking in comparing and contrast Military soldiers vs Normal citizens because is a very interesting topic in my opinion.

I need some help please i really want to get an A... Can anybody tell me DIFFERENCES between military soldiers and normal citizens in any aspects such as:

financial success,

school success,




mental health,

present life,

future life,




2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    IDK about some of them, but here's some that I know:


    -Family- Cares a lot, because they barely get to see each other (think the Folgers coffee commercial)

    -Experiences- Pretty much horrifying, you see your best friends getting blown up

    -Mental Health- You have all kinds of nightmares about things that you've seen inside the war

    -Future Life- As mentioned for Mental Health, you usually see these things your whole life


    -Family- Gets in fights with them, sometimes doesn't understand how important they are to each other

    -Experiences- You have day-to-day experiences, things you'd see every day. Go shopping at the mall, biking around your neighborhood, etc.

    -Mental Health- Pretty sane.

    -Future Life- Go to college, go into retirement, etc.

    Here is my source (it was too long for the box)

    This paper I read:

    Your cell phone is in your pocket.

    He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

    He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

    You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.

    He patrols the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

    He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months.

    You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.

    He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

    You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do every day.

    He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.

    You roll your eyes as a baby cries.

    He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.

    You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.

    He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

    You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.

    He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.

    You see only what the media wants you to see.

    He sees the broken bodies lying around him.

    You are asked to do something by your parents. You don't.

    He does exactly what he is told even if it puts his life in danger.

    You stay at home and watch TV.

    He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.

    You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.

    He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.

  • Feisty
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    You are starting from a totally WRONG premise.

    Military soldiers ARE normal citizens. They are just like everyone else, but for some reason decide to join the military. It can be a steady job, educational benefits, desire to serve their country or any one of those or other reasons. However, military soldiers' beliefs range from the far left to the far right, from highly religious to atheist, etc.

    Source(s): Me. Ex military AND a "normal" citizen
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