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    Duty- The Definition

    Do a search for duty on youtube or google and the top hit's are all call of duty, a video game I'm sure most of you are familiar with, and while some of you (or your children) may find playing the game a "duty" of sorts, thats not really what I'm looking for

    I ran across a quote earlier today, "When injustice becomes Law, Rebellion becomes Duty".

    as a serviceman I have a deep sense of duty, but putting that into words.. well, I'm no great shakes, lol

    So I figured I'd reach out to the biggest group of vet's that I know, Some of you have quite a good deal more experience and wisdom than I do, it's very much a reason why I'm somewhat of a regular here. If any of you have any words to say on the subject, or have come across similar quotes, perhaps poem's, haiku's or just anything on the subject I'd love to build a small lexicon on what IS duty, better than the general dictionary definition, I mean, take a look at how pitiful this definition is as per dictionary.com:

    1. a task or action that a person is bound to perform for moral or legal reasons
    2. respect or obedience due to a superior, older persons, etc: filial duty
    3. the force that binds one morally or legally to one's obligations
    4. a government tax, esp on imports
    5. ( Brit )
    a. the quantity or intensity of work for which a machine is designed
    b. a measure of the efficiency of a machine
    6. the quantity of water necessary to irrigate an area of land to grow a particular crop
    7. a. a job or service allocated
    b. ( as modifier ): duty rota
    8. do duty for to act as a substitute for
    9. off duty not at work
    10. on duty at work

    In the last 2 weeks, including time in the rack (which has been minimal) I've spent more time in uniform than not. I should be pissed, I'm definitely getting the shit end of the stick in my present situation, and I literally just got the call to go back into work. But, One, I have a sense of duty to my Country, to the Navy, and to my brothers, and though I'd love for nothing rather than to sleep until I get the hell out of this damn desert, there's a job that need's doing and it's up to me to do it. and 2. I'm leaving soon (hence the ramp up of extra work) and though I'm losing sleep due to the anxiety of going home, coffee and adrenaline does a wonder for your watch standing abilities.


    anyways, a big thanks to anyone who shares and participates in the effort to better define a proper sense of duty, and I don't mean this to be expicit to the military: LEO's, Sheepdogs, conceal/open weapon carriers, parents, ect all have the same general feeling, please describe/share it as best you can.


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    Our first duty is to our family.
    That is a duty to provide what our family needs to survive, be healthy, prosperous and safe;
    That becomes a duty to ourselves to survive, be healthy, work hard, be strong, and be smart so that we can be there for our family.
    Our second duty is to our employer, community, our state, our country and to God, not necessarily in that order.
    Duty cannot be performed if you are not here to perform it.

    To all those who have to put their lives on the line: Thanks for doing your duty and for your service.
    To all those who don't have to put their lives on the line: We owe it to those who put their lives on the line to keep ourselves and our community healthy and strong and protect their families while they are doing their duty.
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    duty- something that must be done, by you... for if not you, then who?

    a duty is self imposed (usually as a result of a sense of greater good),
    a requirement is imposed upon you (usually in the face of punishment).

    just my take

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedDeBearFrmHell View Post
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    a duty is self imposed (usually as a result of a sense of greater good),
    a requirement is imposed upon you (usually in the face of punishment)...
    Very nicely stated.
    Whatever the dictionary says, I like yours better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    Very nicely stated.
    Whatever the dictionary says, I like yours better.
    thanks steve, it means a lot to me.

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