Here are the Soldier cast members of Flush Twice:
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All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
So why are their soldiers in this comic? Well that’s a funny story, now that you ask…
Back in the fall of 2004 I started to feel this strange calling. I wanted something, but I didn’t know what it was. Over the winter it intensified, and in the spring of 2005 I realized I wanted to join the Army. Sounds crazy, right?
Let’s rewind… Back in the late 90’s one of my coworkers would twist my arm into going out to the bar with him after work. Every once in a while his brother, SFC Carlin, would show up and try to recruit me into the Army. I was kinda harsh when I rejected the whole notion of me being in the military. In my view, it was akin to masochism. So let’s go forward again to the summer of 2005… I knew Sergeant Carlin was probably hanging out in one of a handful of local bars, so I went looking for him. I found him on the first try.
Over the summer I’d meet with SFC Carlin to discuss joining. I was drinking quite heavily and had stopped eating solid food so as to shed some 25 pounds. Finally in the fall of ’05 SFC Carlin set me up with SSG Parker, who was an actual recruiter. Before the end of October, I was on my way to Fort Benning, Georgia to begin my Basic Combat Training (BCT). Prior to leaving I had Tyler join the Army in my comic as well.
Don’t think for a minute that I joined because I wanted source material. I joined because I was drunk and lost a bet. Actually I was looking for something inside of me. After serving six years in the Army Reserves I felt like I found it. I spent two years in the IRR and then in October of 2013, I received my honorable discharge in the mail. Sometimes I wish I could have stayed, but my medical situation was complicating things.
Now let’s fast forward to the present. I decided to keep Tyler in the Army because he was more interesting that way, and I also thought it would be a nifty idea to add a few more soldiers into the cast. So far I have a total of six soldiers including PFC Tyler Knaw. I may add more in the future, but for now I want to flesh out these guys and give them personalities. .
In case you were wondering if I would recommend joining? Hell, yeah! If you’re physically sound, mentally stable, and think you might like it, then do it! I’m absolutely serious though about being mentally stable however. Military life will test your sanity; it tends to make people a little crazy. If you’re unstable now, the Army isn’t going to help matters. So are you currently healthy? Not a basket case? Want to test your limits and try new things? Go Army! (or Navy/Air Force/Marines) Just do it before you turn 30.
So to sum up why there are soldiers in this comic: It’s because I was one. And that’s about all I have to say about that.