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We don't complain about the fighting


For these days we are volunteers


Willingly giving our service for


An agreed term of years.


 


And we put up with the hardships


The stress and the strife


The real possibility that


Each may sacrifice his life.


And we accept whatever happens


There'll be very little gratitude,


And we accept the indifference


Of the general public's attitude;


We don't make any judgment of


Rights and wrongs of any cause


We just follow orders and


Fight the politicians wars.


 


For the military don't declare 


Any conflict, they just fight,


Don't have the luxury of


Deciding whether it's right.


It's our glorious leaders who


Decide what's right and good


And are then prepared to spill


The last drop of another's blood.


We know our grateful government


Will do everything on the cheap,


Giving minimal help and support


To those thrown on life's scrap heap.


 


We endure the constant criticism 


Of those who shout human rights


Or Geneva Convention for 


Action taken in the heat of fight.


Those armchair warriors who 


Don't see the price paid


For their freedom or show any


Thanks for the sacrifices made.


Their very freedom of speech


Is defended at the cost


Of the injured and the wounded, 


Of those lives destroyed or lost.


 


We don't complain about the fighting


For these days we are volunteers


Willingly giving our service for


An agreed term of years.


 



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