I am currently a Junior at Illinois State University. The close of this semester brings with it the close of what has been an interesting class: Texts and Contexts: Cultures of War. It was focused on the topic of "The American Soldier." For this class we read: A Rumor of War Jarhead Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier There was a commonality in each of those three books that I both noticed and have identified within myself. This is that each of the authors, while young and prior to their service, possessed a strong desire to enter into the Military and serve their country. Of course, they didn't word it that way but rather more along the lines of, "I want to go on an adventure and kill America's enemies." I said that I also identified this desire in myself. I would not say I have a desire to "kill America's enemies" so much as I just feel as though I should serve. When I read books such as Jarhead and A Rumor of War in which the authors describe the misery and boredom of waiting, the torture that was training, etc; these accounts and descriptions are the very thing that strengthen my desire to join. Heroic movies and promises of glory are not really what gets me. So this brings me to the question posed in the Title of this thread. Being a "young man," I have been told countless times by those older than I that they "were young once too and had the same feelings I am having." So I want to know what attracts young men to war.