"...O'Byrne gets home safely, but civilian life goes even worse than garrison life. Months later, i get a note from him explaining that he wants to go back into the Army. 'It's as if I'm self-destructive, trying to find the hardest thing possible to make me feel accomplished,'...'A lot of people tell me I could be anything i want to be. If that's true, why can't I be a fucking civilian and lead a normal fucking life? Probably 'cause I don't want to."
"Incisive...absorbing and original...Junger captures many things a lesser writer might miss."- New York Times Book Review
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This chapter talks about the adrenaline rush that's produced during a firefight (close combat shooting with the enemy). It also includes how the pilots and the radar intercept officer (who sat directly behind the pilot) stress levels differed from one another. It really caught my attention when they talked about this because the way the author described these feelings seemed unreal.