Marine Corps Private Ryan Goodner is accusing the United States Marine Corps of misleading him. The 23 year old California native is asking for an honorable discharge and recommencement of up to 5 million dollars for “unfulfilled contractual obligations and loss of wages."
Goodner, a former employee of Little Ceasars, realized some weeks ago that his part in Operation Enduring Freedom may not be a main role, and indeed may only be as a supporting cast member.
“I came over here thinking I was going to do some real good you know?” said Goodner. “I mean since I got here all I have done is sit around, now I’m worried I won’t even get on camera!”
Goodner is deployed to Kandahar Air Base, a sprawling military complex miles outside of Kandahar city. He has received numerous commendations including the prestigious 2nd Battalions ‘Best Kept Bunk’ award twice in his six month deployment. However, the ambitious young Marine yearns for more.
“So far I haven’t seen a single jarring act of violence or slow motion explosion. I mean I love the guys in my platoon but I feel that if we had been in an IED attack we’d be closer. I suppose that one time Phillips gun went off counts, but I was on guard duty when it happened.”
Goodner is worried that his time in the Marine Corps will be a complete waste of time if his situation does not improve soon. “I might not even get on screen! Who knows what happens on the editing floor” Goodner exclaimed in 2nd battalion’s games room over an online match of Call of Duty.
Goodner is an avid war movie critic and considers himself a "Josh Hartnett in Blackhawk Down", although he is willing to compromise for Nick Cage in Windtalkers.
So far however, he is concerned his role may be more of a Jake Gyllenhal part. “Jarhead was great, but when they got home it was all sad and shit. They got their war but not their parade!”
Goodner recalled the most dangerous moment in his tour while in line at the base Burger King franchise. “This buddy of mine from 3rd platoon was horsing around in the Humvee and flipped it while we were inside. Made me realise how easy it would be to die out here. Sometimes I sit back and think, holy shit, it’s scary out here.” So far, the United States Marine Corps has refused to comment.
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