Ronald J. Murray

TRAINING

When you become a combat soldier,
the sergeant said to me,
Your job will be to protect the weak,
And to keep our country free.

You’ll go to basic training
and they will treat you rough.
While you’re there you’ll have a chance
to show you have the stuff.

Next is infantry training;
There you’ll learn to kill.
Don’t wonder if you can do it;
to protect yourself, you will.

Then when they have trained you
you’ll be sent to war.
There you’ll get the training
you’ve never seen before.

Your feelings will be tested,
your conscience and your pride.
Many times you’ll feel alone
as you bag the men who’ve died.

Don’t let yourself dwell on the dead
because soldier, if you do
the men who have their thoughts on life
will bag your body too.