March 06, 2010
Lt. Jason Fernandez believes it’s time for members of the military to rethink their definitions of quality of life to include things that really matter—like fitness and health.
What is quality of life?
Ask the average CrossFitter, and you’ll probably hear something about being able to walk up the stairs, play with your grandchildren or get off the toilet at the age of 75. Now ask the same question of your typical military member, especially one on a lengthy deployment, and you’re bound to hear something along the lines of bigger TVs and more comfortable living arrangements.
“Quality of life” is a phrase that is thrown around so much in the military that it has become misunderstood. As a supply officer in the U.S. Navy, I hear the phrase a lot, and in my opinion it has been bastardized to the point that I give it about as much consideration as washing my vehicle in the middle of the desert!
If I were to try to sum up what true quality of life is, it would be something like this: quality of life is any activity or asset that enables you to perform your duties in a manner that contributes to the greater good of your unit/group. Somehow I don’t see TVs and video games falling under that definition, but feel free to disagree with me on this one.