Long time no talk! Hope all is well.
If we're friends on facebook, then you may know that I plan to join the United States Marine Corps. I have various reasons why I'm doing this, even though it doesn't align with many of my beliefs. I've struggled with the decision and have sought lots of advice, and, at least right now, I do still believe I'm going through with it.
I'm not here to be persuaded not to join, so I kindly request that responses answer the question I'm about to ask instead of attempting to make me change my mind. Nothing is concrete yet, and I still have lots of time to back out. Boot camp is still a few months away and I still haven't sworn in yet, though that will probably happen over the next few days.
What I want to know is some good ways to keep a Buddhist mindset and bring a Buddhist perspective to military life. I understand that the most "Buddhist" thing to do is simply not join, and that's still a possibility as I have said, but for now, let's assume I'm still joining. How can I bring mindfulness to military life? What are some suttas and/or teachings I can use to keep a Buddhist perspective while enlisted?
Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.