“And through all this welter of change and development your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable. It is to win our wars. Everything else in your professional career is but corollary to this vital dedication. All other public purpose, all other public projects, all other public needs, great or small, will find others for their accomplishments; but you are the ones who are trained to fight.Yours is the profession of arms, the will to win, the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory, that if you lose, the Nation will be destroyed, that the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country.” ~General Douglas MacArthur
There’s a disturbing trend in today’s military: it has become a petri dish in which all sorts of ideas can be experimentally added in the hopes that the idea will gain a wider acceptance in the civilian world. What better a place than the military environment in which to shape the views of future generations? A Soldier cannot refuse to do what he’s been ordered to do. He must attend all training, he must dress a certain way, address fellow Soldiers and officers in a particular manner. The retention rate in the military after the first contract is only about 25%, so the Soldier is soon the citizen again. All the better for the Social Engineer.
Since graduating from Advanced Individual Training, I’d estimate that I’ve received 10 times the amount of Equal Opportunity, Sexual Harrassment, and sundry of sensitivity training, as actual occupational training. Many Soldiers deploy to war zones having never done their actual military jobs, and yet none of them I dare say, deploy without sensitivity training. While our enemies tirelessly study the Koran and the finer aspects of guerilla warfare, many of our Soldiers deploy to war zones only knowing they can get in trouble for making inappropriate comments to a female Soldier. Or that different cultures don’t find all jokes funny. And of course, allowing homosexuals in the military is much more about social engineering than about making a better army. It’s about making life better for gays, not for better preparing our fighting force.
It is a fortunate thing indeed that the American Army boasts the best NCO Corp in the world. There is Big Army, and then there’s the small team leader, who stresses learning the basic soldiering skills, keeping all of his platoon fit and helping them to master the responsibilities of serving in history’s greatest army. Our NCOs are trusted to keep every Soldier in the charge up to snuff. When the Soldier fails to meet the standard, it’s as much the NCO’s fault as the Soldier’s fault. But Big Army is the Politically Correct Army. It is the Army that is willing to throw Soldiers into the fray with too little training or experience. And no amount of statistical truths can dissuade this Big Army away from its headlong and destructive path to a military that offends no one. I could give particular instances that I know of, in which the current Army train-up for perishable and technical skills are severely lacking because of high turn over and lack of experience. Combine this with the fact that too much training time is taken up with training that has nothing to do with being a Soldier, and suddenly you have an Army that’s more worried about a single Private who missed a sexual harassment training block than the fact we’ve been fighting a war for more than 10 years that we should have won 5 years ago.
By allowing those that have no knowledge of military operations to have too much say in how the military is run, we play in to some of these people’s beliefs. By removing the Army’s martial atmosphere and focus and replacing it with politically correct mantra, the military’s resultant ineffectiveness becomes proof to the liberal elite that our military is comprised of unintelligent stooges.
Big Army is run by a bunch of disconnect bureaucrats and civilian social scientists whom wish to remake the military in to a perfect society. But no organization whose job it is to kill people, could ever be a perfect society, at least not in the sense that a progressive civilian would see it. We ask our military to do things that we do not ask of our civilians. We arrest Soldiers who refuse to fight in combat, who run away in time of war; in essence, the military throws people in jail who refuse to die for their country. Does this sound like a civilian creed? But to the most effective armies throughout history, it is the soldier’s creed that wins fights. And sometimes our enemies have mastered this winning formulae better than we have: Witness the tremendous beating the German Wehrmacht received and yet still it retained its fighting capacity until the bloody end. It was the idea of a soldier’s honor that carried the German army.
It seems that a necessary attribute of freedom is a long slide toward softness. The free begin to take for granted the rivers of blood that flowed in order to gain that freedom. Our cultural elites avoid military service because, as the most recent appointee to Marine Commandant said when questioned about his feelings on gays in the military:
“They should remember they join us, we don’t join them.”
The elite hate that idea. They don’t think they’re equal to everyone else, only that they’re entitled to make the rules for everyone else. It’s why they despised Robert Heinlein’s, Starship Troopers so much. In that book, Heinlein explained the Soldier’s mind–and it offended many whom peeped from the slits of their Ivory Towers, or peered through plumes of burning cannabis smoke. In Starship Troopers, the military was the elite. How….aweful.
Every Soldier should receive ten times the amount of training for actual fighting as he does being reminded that dirty jokes are insensitive. But for now, it remains to the NCO Corp to manage the training of his soldiers. It is every Sergeant’s duty to ensure his Soldiers receive as much training as possible, and they are capable of meeting the demands of the modern battlefield. All level one Warrior Battle Drills should be continuously drilled on a weekly basis. I’m not advocating ridding the service of sensitivity training. Heck, I think soldiers should be given classes in what being “Soldierly” means. I’d start with basic table manners that apprently most parents don’t teach their kids anymore. But perhaps I should have been born during Frederick the Great’s time, instead of my own.
While outside influencers try to remake the army in their own image, the NCO must remember the Soldier’s Creed, which is an alien creed to many progressives: Especially this line:
“I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy, the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.”
In the end, many of the experiments are the self-serving chimeras of trouble makers. They do not seek to ensure the survival of the soldier, only the survival of their ideas. Ah yes, the hallmark of the elite: Ideas are more important than people.