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Q&A with Rajiv Srinivasan

written by Matt Elliott
on August 04, 2010

Rajiv Srinivasan returned home last month, after spending a year as an Army platoon leader in Afghanistan. He is a graduate of West Point, where he received a degree in Arabic and Comparative Politics. Rajiv started a blog, Thoughts from Afghanistan, during his deployment, and he will be contibuting to Regarding War as one of our guest bloggers. As means of an introduction, we asked Rajiv a handful of questions about his background, military service, and writing.


Where are you from?
I was born in Chennai, India but raised in Roanoke, Virginia. That's where I call home.

Where did you serve and for how long?
I served a twelve month tour in the Zhari District of the Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. I was responsible for the establishment of a joint US-ANA outpost in the district.

When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging as a means to keep my friends and family updated on my whereabouts and my quality of life. I kept blogging because it was a therapeutic way to release stress in my off-time. I found it a comforting exercise to periodically sit down and articulate my complex emotions with words.

What are you doing now?
Right now, I'm on my leave period, spending most of my time setting up my new apartment and reacquainting myself with civilian life in Tacoma, WA.

What does your future in the military look like?
Future military plans are uncertain. The needs of the Army are ever changing and it wouldn't be prudent to speculate where I'll end up in one year, much less five or ten.

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