A US Army Medic and gamer can no longer stand being a soldier and is standing by his decisions as a conscientious objector.
Specialist Redman, a Medic who claims he can no longer participate in warfare but seemingly has no trouble simulating it in video games, posted several videos in uniform promoting peace and an end to war.
“I wanna try and solve this violence in the world,” he said.
Contemplating on his choices, the medic decided he would be a conscientious objector, refusing to go to combat.
“I’m not gonna take their life,” he said. “I’m not gonna go over there and persecute them for a lack of understanding.”
Redman claimed he grew up in a “right wing” environment, which pushed him to serve in the military and serve his country. Initially wanting to be a Navy SEAL, Redman eventually settled on being a medic in the US Army National Guard, joining at 17 years of age and going to basic training during his junior year of high school.
Playing video games, Redman spoke to people from different countries, which shaped his world view on how he would have probably fought against the US if he was born into a country that was at war with America.
“One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter,” he said, bringing up the “what’s the difference between” question.
Determining he was a conscientious objector in late 2017, he told his fiancee and they went over their options to get him out of the military.
His parents weren’t thrilled and urged him to ride out the last 24 months of his commitment.
“Can’t do that,” he said. “Can’t not go forward with this.”
Notifying his unit and an advocacy group, he began his process in 2018 and began his process to get out.
Interestingly, his First Sergeant was “supportive” of the move, along with others in his unit.
It is unknown if Redman has been discharged, as his YouTube gaming channel has all of eleven subscribers and has not seen a post in nearly one year.
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