Taking the oath of office puts a young man or woman in a very precarious position. Their time no longer belongs to them. Their wishes become secondary to the needs of their service and the nation. Their choice of hairstyle, diet, hobbies, and career moves is no longer theirs to control fully. Officer or Enlisted. Air Force, Army, Marine or Navy. They are now on the government's time.
So it seems to be something of a rarity that fighters reach high visibility levels of fighting today. Many Commanding Officers do not want to see their men and women with black eyes and broken noses, nor do they accept excuses for missed work due to injuries brought on by extra curricular activities.
Limited free time and reduced ability to travel to train additionally decrease the servicemember's chances to train. Picking up and moving duty stations drops one off in a new area, possibly without any gym, and can derail good momentum built with a camp.
Brian Stann had a great story and some moderate success in WEC before he finally resigned his commision and dedicated himself fully to fighting. Mike Richman has gained notoriety after his thunderous KO of Horodecki in Bellator. But it seems like your full time Warrior/MMArtists are few and far between.
The Active Duty Warrior seems to be something of a rarity, but I know he or she is out there. This is a call out to the Fan Nation of Bloody Elbow to see who you know, where they fight, and if their command supports it.
As my first FanPost, I wanted to try more as a conversation starter... I'm Active Duty myself, and after moving to Hawaii this summer, I'm hoping to join a good gym and possible get my first pro fight in before 2013 ends. Any thoughts, comments, stories? Hell, now any good gyms in Oahu?