Since time immemorial, warriors have always held a revered, honored and respected place in society.  In spite of all political meanderings and the ebb and flow of societal values, this has never changed and it never will.  There is an honor and pride in joining this brotherhood that can be gained nowhere else, and once joined can never be taken away.  Although women are not excluded, it has always been the man’s role to be the protector and provider.  This is your responsibility and your role to uphold and honor in your time upon this earth. 

The responsibility of a warrior does not merely necessitate the taking up of arms against an enemy.  It is more, much more and it is such that you become an example, a role model of ethical and moral behavior to all others who may look to you for guidance or protection.  If this is the path in life that you have chosen to walk then know that it is a path well worn by the footsteps of those who have walked here before you.  Others, who have willingly said; I will endure the hardship, the pain, the sacrifice and the risk of death so that those who sleep soundly in their beds can do so in the warm embrace of safety and peace. 

If this is your choice then know that your road will be fraught with adversity and you will be assailed by many, but in those times, remember that you are in the company of the noble souls who have also faced such adversity and prevailed.  And know also that your legacy shall be that until the end of time, as the last sun sets upon this earth, in that blackest night, somewhere a warrior still stands his lonely watch.