The violence is only part of it. The work itself is grueling. You can't sleep. You can't read (I broke that rule more often than not). You can't do anything to entertain yourself but look at the screen. Now do that for three to five years, 11.5 hours a day. If you ask to take a break, you'll be told, "The guys overseas don't get breaks." By the time you've flown a few thousand missions, you might start dreaming in infrared. You'll certainly have trouble telling the difference between your dreams and the real world.
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