Every person that joins the United States military does so with the intention of protecting the people of this country, no matter what their political and social views are. There is no partisan political bickering, protests, or election drama involved. They are trained to do their jobs and do them well. A civilian rarely gets an intimate view of soldiers in action, unless it is from the comfort of their seats in the movie theater.
Luckily, modern digital cameras have allowed us to catch a small glimpse into the world of our brave servicemembers. Here are 12 of the most intense military photos you are likely to find online today.