The number of infantry soldiers who die in modern warfare is a tiny fraction of those who have historically died in conventional war, like on the order of 1/100. It is a ****ty job but it is far more safe today compared to WW2 when 300 thousand died in 4 years. There was 3 thousand dead in Iraq over 8 years. Better training, intel, recon and medical evac means soldiers are much more likely to come home. We bomb the **** out of a place then the infantry goes in to count dead bodies. The cost in terms of american lives is drastically different than it has been in the past.I take it you haven't heard of infantry soldiers?