alphastar wrote:Just re-read my post and realized I sound like a sanctimonius anti-military jerk. I'm really not, I loved my time in the military, just think people need to do a sanity check on some things.
In our military one of our general orders for the enlisted is to man your post until relieved or otherwised ordered to leave your post. It's not a matter of manning empty structures, it's a matter of duty. You're ordered to do so. And yes, if fact, you are to forego your family to do your duty. People are ordered to do it all the time. Right now, at this minute, in fact.
I've known folks that were ordered to guard "unmanned/no missile" missile silos, so yes, you can and may be ordered to man a seemingly useless facility. Even if no one comes to relieve them from their post they are to man that post.
It's not macho, it's duties. It's not internet bravado, it's called following orders.
Let's take this down a dark path a say there has been a massive nuclear exchange coupled with the profuse use of a biological weapon that takes out the majority of the world population. IMO, you should still man your post even if there is no communication other than "the world has been destroyed, 99% of the population has died." If you are manning a post that has not been effected, you should still stay there because they are going to try to rally forces or you should try to. A reasonable amount of time should be respected and then you should make every attempt to maintain your post before abandoning it to seek out a higher authority. I'm not a PAW kinda guy but if there was one I would make it my mission to maintain liberty, justice and security. Likewise, I'd make every effort to get together with like minded folks including and foremost my chain of command.
That's how I roll, YMMV.