[July 24, 2018] Army Vet has a lot to say about the U.S. Army and how its leadership lacks the courage to train and keep real warriors.
U.S. Army senior leaders and their political civilian leadership no longer have the guts to develop warriors within its ranks. During World War II and the Korean War, being a real warrior was an obligation of all soldiers. The purpose of our army was to destroy enemies of the United States – pure and simple. This was a particularly strong tradition in the U.S. Army and Marines. Together they were the ground force that put boots on the ground to kick butt and kick it hard. General George Patton got it right when he said that our purpose of the military is to kill the enemy. There is no substitute for winning wars by killing the enemy and the more you kill the better. Seem too harsh? That has been the way wars were fought since before recorded history. Why? Because it works anything else is dangerous and stupid.
Why has the U.S. Army leadership become too timid to develop and keep real warriors? I think there are two major reasons for the army’s lack of warrior fighting spirit. First and of least importance is our overreliance on superior technology. It’s easy to get lazy and divorce ourselves from the nasty, brutish, and ugly side of war; better, we tell ourselves, to look the other way and use stand-off, long distance weapons to “destroy” the enemy. Our courage will not be tested when we do it that way. No longer are we required to look the enemy in the eye and see his fear when we kill. It’s sanitary killing at its finest. Our technology and our societal need for technology to make our lives easier in peacetime and when war requires us to never see the enemy, we lose our desire to be a warrior.
Second, and most importantly, is we’ve lost our will to fight like men. We are no longer vicious in warfare and this shows itself in our integration of military lawyers into combat units and the expansion of “support” units. War is complex and combat commanders are reluctant to do anything that would put themselves, their soldiers, or the U.S. Army in jeopardy over a small legal blunder. They are less concerned about fighting the enemy than about protecting their butts. In military-speak, they are “risk adverse.” Moral courage is lacking in the senior ranks across the U.S. military structure and is not limited to the U.S. Army since the U.S. Navy and Air Force is worse. Only U.S. Marine senior commanders are interested in building warriors and they must do so with the utmost of caution.
And while overreliance on technology and losing our will to fight like men are the main reasons of our loss of the warrior in our soldiers, there are other factors that encourage this unfortunate situation. Our political leaders are a bunch of wussies. For the most part, they are gutless, Harvard-schooled boy wonders who never had their thinking challenged. They also never had their butt whipped by someone who didn’t think or act like them. It’s amazing how much we can learn from other cultures when we are getting our butt smashed into the ground by the biggest guy on the international playground. Our military leaders need to get their warrior-supporting act together. Else we will lose the next war like we lost since the Vietnam War.