Originally Posted by FullautoUSA
Why would anyone want to be in combat? It's what everyone should avoid.
I never served in the military, and I have never been a LEO. What I have done and been through is a lifetime in a family in which most of it's members have served or were in LE. To answer the above, Some folks are wired in such a way that they don't just survive combat. They thrive during it. There is a comraderie that, for the most part, does not exist in civilian life which stems from relying on the other members of your unit (or your partner) when your azz is on the line. For some out there, this is a thrill like no other.
The other reason may be that sometimes the rules in a combat zone are far easier to learn and obey than those of "polite" society. If someone wrongs you, the solution in the "world" is far more complex in their eyes than it is in a war zone.
Just a theory, nothing more. As I said no combat or LE experience here, just a family with a long history of service, and observations made while spending the first half of my life growing up on and near Marine bases.