The ultimate sacrifice is giving one’s life in order to save another. Being a Soldier I know that this could be a reality I may have to face, and don’t even think twice about asking if I could ever do it if or when that time ever came. Soldiers sacrifice so much more throughout their careers. So much of it goes unnoticed because it is engrained within their lives and ethos.
As Soldiers we live by a creed called the Soldiers Creed and within that creed is what is also called the warrior’s ethos. In those lines, especially the last one is the epitome of sacrifice. The warrior’s ethos is as follows:
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
There have been many brave men and women in battle that have sacrificed their own safety to fulfill the requirements of the last line of the warrior’s ethos, with some of them giving their own lives to do so.
In the heat of battle, you don’t really think about all the things around you. The only thoughts that fill your head are “I’ve got to get my buddy out of there”, because you would want them to do the same for you in that situation.
When you sacrifice, you show to people that there are more important things in life than your own comforts and safety. This is true on multiple levels. By sacrificing the things that are not as important as others you give an example that those things are not really needed after all.
For example, sacrificing time and the comforts that most people take for granted are things that Soldiers are accustomed to. If you didn’t get to spend a whole year with your friends and family and have to eat, sleep, bathe, and work in conditions that were substandard, I guarantee you would not complain ever again about having to sacrifice a small amount of your time, comforts, and material items that some people don’t get to enjoy.