As per lil's suggestion, I removed the insecure disclaimer from the beginning of the poem, but I didn't want to let go of it entirely. So here it is:
Big downer alert, and also shoddy penmanship/cheesy writing here. Heavy-handed to the point of being Anvilicious as well so I apologize for that, since I hate when other people do that with their stuff. I'll also spoil the twist ending by saying that I really don't know what it's like to be a soldier, since I'm not in the military and only have the personal anecdotes I've been told by others. So here goes nothing.