Does the Seven Army Values Cover Adultery
by Tyrone Short
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I just recently had the privilege of doing a 2 week training course at one of the more prestigious military training bases.
Upon my arrival, I was filled with the Spirit, which opened the door for many to share with me those things that are only discussed in private.
Overseas, we have many great men and women who are displaying and living the Seven Army Values:
The sacrifices that they are making for their country is just incredible.
However, for some of these men and women these values only applies to our country but not their spouses.
The staggering number of soldiers, as well as their spouses who are engaging in Adultery during the absence of the other is amazing. Has a tour in Iraq become an excuse to cheat?
There are some soldiers who are innocent of this trespass, but are coming home to their wife's infidelity. There are weeping spouses at home for their husband's safety, while their husbands are away cheating on them.
Many of the wives who live on the base while their husbands are in Iraq are viewed as poison, because of their many trespasses, which are unknown to her husband.
Many of the men overseas have instructed their buddies to keep an eye on their wives for them, in case she cheats or if any other soldier tries to seduce her.
Is there any wonder why the divorce courts are becoming filled with soldiers returning from Iraq.
My fellow soldiers, I may not be able to say that I can understand what you are going through over there, considering the fact that I am in the National Guard and have not served in Iraq. However I can say this, you may be trying to satisfy a pain of loneliness that you may be enduring while you are out there, but cheating on your wife will only be a temporary fix. But you can count on this, the pain that you are going to endure with your spouse when you return home and are found out, is going to last a lot longer than the pain of loneliness that you were trying to fix.
You will endure the pain of guilt. This guilt will eat at you and disrupt your behavior, which will arouse her suspicion. A confession or a denial after being questioned, will be inevitable.
You will endure the pain of shame, not just from your spouse but also from others who finds out and were holding you in high esteem.
You will endure the pain of alienation from your wife and kids. You will endure the pain of possible physical confrontation from your spouse.
You will endure the pain of financial hardship if it goes to court, and you find yourself paying a lawyer all the money that you made overseas, as well as paying alimony and child support for many years to come.
You will endure the pain of divorce, which will haunt you for years because it was your trespass that caused all of this.
You will endure the pain of alienation from God, which is a very grave disposition and will bring even greater consequences.
You will endure the greatest pain known to any being if this disposition is not atoned for, and that is the wrath of God.
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Tyrone, I agree with your statements/discourse. After having spent more than forty years as a member of the United States Army then later the Army Reserve, everything you have pointed out is accurate sad to say. I, on this day, will have only 4 more days of active military service remaining. It is my hope that young soldiers as you will maintain the MORAL high ground for those servicemembers and their spouse who do not or will not. Further, it is also my hope and prayer that you speak up and do not be afraid to do so. I did so and took action when I could not because I was better than anyone but because I knew it was the right action to take. We need men and women like!!! YOU ARE AMERICA'S FINEST---Indeed! Hooah!!!!