In Iraq for 365

About my experiences in Iraq... the frustrations, the missions and this country... and the journey home

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Steroids

We were on a patrol in Tal Afar when this specialist asked me if I ever heard of VigRX. From the sounds of it, I assumed it was a creatine or some kind of supplement. In Iraq, guys were always taking muscle pills or protein shakes with the dream of being more muscular or cut for their girls when they returned home. Every soldier looks at deployment as opportunity to return as Tom Cruise or Sylvester Stallone. This specialist was a skinny dude, so he definitely needed all the help he could get. But he wasn’t speaking of a pill that would give him bigger biceps. Rather – how should I put this – he was taking a male enhancement tablet and in fact, “it really works,” he boasted on that hot Iraqi day. The specialist also told me that several soldiers in his platoon were taking the “pill” with the dream of returning not as Brad Pitt, but as John Holmes.

Here’s a recent article from Stars & Stripes that talks about steroids and performance enhancing drugs being sent to soldiers.

First, let me tell you that soldiers are not perfect. We are just as susceptible to drugs and other illegal “fixes.” But the consequences and ability to attain such substances are more difficult. Even in combat, soldiers must take urine tests and the penalty for doing drugs is very, very severe. In my opinion, there is absolutely no excuse for taking any kind of drug, especially in combat. You need your head in the game and your body certainly does not need the stress of a foreign substance.

Nonetheless, guys and gals want to look perfect, so they take diet pills, ‘roids and very dangerous pills for a private part. And they don’t care about the consequences. And that’s just sad.

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At 2:19 PM, Blogger JUST A MOM said...

Sadly,, too many don'T think of the word "CONSEQUENCE" and I am not talking about jsut the guys and girls in combat. Good post Smink.

 
At 9:36 PM, Blogger Pebble said...

It's sad that some just have to learn the "Hard Way"
Hurting themselves, because they 'Think' their is a better way.
I hope young soldiers are reading your post. I've already heard of many getting caught and being demoted... and worse.

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger Chris said...

I'm not big on any kind of drug. I think a lot of people in the military do drugs mainly just to cope.

Steriods do have extreme consequences and sometimes immediate. In high school steriods were a big problem at my school. It was all for the ladies and the glory on the field. Crazy, crazy, crazy.

Now male enhancement, that's a new one for me. I would think while in Iraq sporting a large tool would be the last thing on my mind. Of course, I've never been to Iraq, so I will leave that to the soldiers who read this to comment on.

However, if it works......nah, never mind.

 
At 7:39 AM, Anonymous kbug said...

I know how the military does pee tests all the time, 15 of Seth's group in basic failed the drug test when they returned from their 2 week break at Christmas a couple of years. I wonder sometimes how many of them did it on purpose just to get out. Like I told you the other day, I don't do drugs of any kind...never have, even back in the psychedelic days when it was all the rage. I was called a goodie-two-shoes or a prude or a chickenshit many times for not trying anything, but I didn't care, I was concerned about the after effects. I didn't give a crap about peer pressure. One of my younger brothers got so into drugs that he ended up in prison, so I really hate to see young people get started taking drugs for any reason. It can ruin their life before they've really lived. I think that anytime you put a chemical into your body that doesn't belong there, you're asking for problems. Actually, I don't like drugs of any kind, even the legal ones...I'm not even good at taking vitamins everyday... :)

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Chip Anderson said...

I don't think it wise to take drugs but you yourself take drugs in the form of alcohol.

 
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