A Soviet military intelligence officer who uses the pen name Viktor Suvorov wrote several books about his career. In one he relates his induction into the USSR’s foreign military intelligence service, the GRU.
As cover he is being interviewed for a position as a foreign military advisor. He is asked where he would like to go. He replies, “The war is over in the hot and wet countries (meaning Southeast Asia) but not the hot and dry countries (meaning the Middle East) so I would like to go to the hot and dry countries.”
“That,” one of his interviewers tells him, “is where you are wrong. The war is going on everywhere, all the time.”
The interviewer meant that the struggle as broadly defined- far more than just combat, but all the measures taken to overcome the enemy- was always going on, and the task for which Suvorov was being evaluated, the collection of intelligence under diplomatic cover in foreign countries, was every bit as much a part of this as a battle between armed, uniformed soldiers.
The war is in truth going on everywhere, all the time. You are a soldier in it whether you like it or not. You will fight every day until you die. Keep this in mind always.