I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
The beginning of the third line in the Soldier's Creed starts with, "I serve the people of the United States..."
It's fitting that the word "sergeant' has it's origins in the Latin word for "servant." A lot could be said about how soldiers, sergeants in particular, are supposed to be servants of the people. It's too bad these days that many of our ranks have become bitter and jaded towards the civilians we are supposed to serve. And towards each other.
When I think of service, honestly, I don't think about military service. That's our duty. Serving, real serving, requires humility and patience, getting dirty so someone else doesn't. It means going that extra distance for the people outside the military, the ones who look to the military for leadership and discipline. It does not mean going to work and doing your job. It's more than that.
Two weeks ago I shared the story about my battle buddy going in front of a promotion board and being asked a strange question. According to Army tradition, at least how it's been passed to me, there's some significance not just to what the truck is, but what's inside it. I've never actually seen what's inside, mind you. And there's a reason for that, which we'll get to later.
Let's see if you can name what three things can be found inside the truck, and why...
No, not the A-Team, B.A.
"I am a Warrior and a member of a team." It's the second part of the first line of defining the American Soldier.
A team, according to dictionary.com, is a number of persons forming one of the sides in a game or contest. In sports we often times think of teams as an elite group of individuals, combined to yield the best results, to win. In the civilian world, in an office perhaps, a team might be put together to work on a particular project, to bring the company more profit. But when you think of the US Army, of soldiers, is the image of winning and 'being the best' the only thing that comes to mind?
No. Because, to the American Soldier, "team" is just another word for...
How do we define a warrior? Is he brave? Is he strong? Is he cunning? Does he fight side-by-side with a thousand other men, or does he lay alone and fire his weapon from afar? Is he a super-ripped cage fighter? Is he the driver of a M1A1? What values make someone a "warrior?"
The second line of the Soldier's Creed begins the process of defining the American Soldier: "I am a Warrior..."
"The Soldier's Creed!"
Yelling this out in any place crowded with soldiers and you hear loud voices yelling out, in one voice, the words they have decided to live by. Although relatively new to the Army, the Creed echoes what it has meant to be a soldier since before the birth of our great nation. Each soldier finds a different part of the creed to resound within him. But the core, the essence, the... heart of the Creed is the same.
I would like to attempt to analyze the lines of this creed.
A great site that I came across about a year back is Military Athlete. The man behind the curtain, Rob Shaul is a 1990 US Coast Guard Academy graduate and also a certified strength and conditioning coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The philosophy of his site is very apparent from the get-go:
"Your body is your primary weapon. If you are unfit or injured, you are a liability to your unit, not an asset. You are a professional athlete. Professional athletes use their bodies to earn a living. Soldiers are professional athletes. Your paycheck not only depends upon your fitness, but so too does your combat performance and survivability."
I was doing a little bit of web-recon this morning, and came across this nifty website. Most of the authors have something of a military background. Although sometimes crass, the articles (from what little I've read) are good, and the equipment reviews are solid. Plus, I kinda dig their logo.