Essay On The Unforgiving Minute

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According to Winston Churchill he said, “success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts (BrainyQuote). A man is not defined by his failures, but the number of times he gets back up, wipes the dirt off his sleeves and tries again. The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education by Craig M. Mullaney dives into the transitions from boyhood into manhood. The authors descriptive writing style brings me back to the times I was in active duty and engages the reader all the way through. Furthermore, the research that was conducted looks into Craig M. Mullaney’s life at reception, the Military academy, and when he was deployed. When a military member looks back to the day when they were shipped off from there civilian life and thrown to the wolves, it goes something like this, “Get off my bus” (Mullaney, pg 3). One of the most important chapters in this book is chapter one. The anticipation that runs through your body like an iv of anxiety and excitement is…show more content…
You train hard by qualifying with your rifle, maintaining your level of physical fitness, and by ruck marches. The same thing over, and over every day, until you get the word that your platoon is deploying. However, there is a long dragged out process before your deployed. You must go through medical examinations, get specific vaccinations, and multiple debriefings. Mullaney explains the process well in chapter nineteen. Between all the speeches from higher ups, to the multiple plane flights, deploying is a process. This is the point where you find out what your made of. For me, my deployment was a little bit different. Instead of the traditional deployment to Afghanistan, I was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. That was where I conducted detainee operations as a Military Police Officer. Whereas, Mullaney was deployed to Afghanistan as an infantryman where he conducted patrols in Gardez. These experiences shape us into who we
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