So, how many of you have been in the military? And of those who have, how many would consider themselves combat experienced? The reason I ask is somewhat related to my Self Control post. Whenever I say something like "I've been trained to fight" people snicker. Now from my background, that seems odd. It isn't a boast: everyone in the army was trained. Some sucked and some weren't trained well. But everyone I know was trained in hand to hand. I am also trained to shoot a gun and to run around in those stupid HAZMAT suits. Oh did that suck. And then yesterday I heard a report that only 4.5% of the population under 45 or something like that had been in the military. That blew me away. I just always assumed most people had been in.