Ok, so what, I'm about to post a banal question on here to be discussed; it's better than some of the scatalogical threads that I see on here. With that said, I pose queery of who's braver/ mentally tougher? A soldier, MMA fighter, or a person doing time in prison?
I'll put this in a pros and cons format to make it harder for you trolls to, um, troll on. Also, I'm only counting soldiers who are placed into active combat,prisoners doing time at a medium security or above, and MMA'ers who've fought NHB(not crappy Pancrase) in this poll.
Cons:1st.. Crappy hand-to-hand. Period. Everyone knows that most basic infantry men couldn't kick Stephen Hawkin's ass because of the crappy martial technique taught by most Army and Marine instructors. I'll even go as far as to even include elite teams such as the ever popular SEALS. Now, I never claimed to be the greatest kung-fu master on earth, but while I was stationed in San Diego, I was able to regularly spar and train with the SEALS in Coronado. After the first 3 sessions, I thanked goodness that they were so good at sneaking up on people, otherwise they'd never sell another video game. Even at Tony Galinod's school, we had 2 guys in from SEAL Team 3 come in, and we took turns throwing them around. It's like they had excellent cardio, never quit, but had nothing more to go with it. So, thats that.
2nd Con...Most who join up are young as hell. When I went through boot, they called me "Papa Smurf" and I was only 26. So, the real world experiences are not there.
On to the pros(if I left any cons out, feel free to comment)....
Pro 1: When in a combat situation, our soldiers are taught so thoroughly that they always seem to knuckle up. Regardless of how stupid the stupidest person in the squad is, they always seem to pull their job off in the correct manner under crazy stressful conditions.
Pro2: Theres few people, when being shot at, would have the nerve to keep pressing forward. I was fortunate (or un) enough to go to Tikrit, and it was no Disneyland, well, I did thought I saw Alladin a few times, but no, it sucked ass. Bullets coming at you makes you want crap in the form of a balloon animal, but you have to keep going. For that, this section earns a pro and a half.