is a time for peace, and time for war"
the US Army sniper school in Ft. Benning GA. (Official Army photo
courtesy US Army)
don't understand what you are doing over there, but thank you for
keeping us safe here" -8 year old Brenda on a class assignment to write
"...overall, it sucks over here, but I am still proud to stand on this
wall and, like countless others before me, make sure it stands." -On
one of my early letters from Iraq.
War is never a pretty thing, and it
should be avoided, whenever other mediums exist, for settling
diplomatic differences. Soldiers that have been to war, are rarely
dying to go back. And no civilians, trapped in a conflict, enjoy being
trapped between the two sides.
|However, there comes a time, when force of
arms becomes the practical, and often the only tool, to effetively deal
with a specific threat. When military force becomes the only course of
action, the United States calls upon it's military units. Military
units spend their time either training or deploying to assignments
overseas. Because of the nature of their work, a strong emphasis is
placed on training for combat. It is important to note that although
the military has many ceremonial customs and drills, the emphasis of
the training is on what is really important, at the closest imitation
of reality as possible. The same martial arts principle of training
realisticly applies. Often times, there is a semi-friendly competition
between branches and units, especially combat units with similar
missions, but every grunt on the ground clearly understands that his
life often depends on how much hell he can invoke from friendly units
around him. Ultimately they are all on the same team, and nothing makes
a soldier fight harder, than when his buddy is down. American units
will never retreat to leave one of their own units. And although this
can be a strategic disadvantage, it forsters a sense of fierce
camradership among the men on the ground. "Leave no man behind" is in
every soldier's creed.
American soldiers spend at least 14 weeks, and as much as 18 months,
before joining their units."