Philip Johnson of West Jordan suggests the Utah Guardsmen should revel in the safety of boredom (Readers' Forum, Sept. 11).
If he had read the additional coverage he would know that when these soldiers are utilized it is to go into "Hot Zones" with one-tenth the training and half the body armor of anyone else in the vehicle. Psychologically, they get to worry not only about home and family back home, but how their employers are feeling about this, and if they are self-employed how a 15-month absence will affect their business.
Their "time" is one to six months longer than any active duty unit in the whole Army, Air Force or Navy.
Sitting home in Utah, as you are, I can understand you being apathetic, but not hostile.