From the harsh realities of basic training to post-war chaos in Iraq and knife-edge tension in Northern Ireland, this gripping work takes readers to a place not advertised in army recruitment brochures. After the tragic death of his older brother, and in the dark days following 9/11, Steven McLaughlin felt compelled to fulfill his lifelong ambition to serve in the army. He followed his late brother into the elite Royal Green Jackets and passed the arduous Combat Infantryman''s Course at the age of 31. Thereafter, McLaughlin found himself submerged in a world of casual violence. All of the fears and anxieties that the modern soldier carries as his burden are laid bare, as well as the occasional joys and triumphs that can make him feel like he is doing the best job in the world.
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