Fix the Military

Posted: March 31, 2016 in Creative Writing
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One of the reasons that I left Active duty, is because I am disgusted with what the military has become.  I can only speak on the problems with the Army, but from what I hear, it’s a widespread cancer that spans all branches of the service.  Our military has become so weak, that i’m genuinely frightened if we ever have to go into another hands on war.

The purpose of a military is to close with and DESTROY an enemy, not slap their wrists, let them go, and just wait for them to try again.  In fact the word destroy is in the Army’s Soldier’s Creed:

I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team.
I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America, in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.

The thing is, that Soldiers coming up through the ranks nowadays can’t even really live up to this Creed.  Society today seems to ruin everything that it touches, and the Military is no exception.  When I first joined the Army and went to basic, you learned right away that Drill Sergeants were in charge, and if you didn’t listen to them, you would literally get destroyed.  The thing is it wouldn’t just be you that got punished, oh no the entire platoon would take a licking for you, but you know what that did?  It made it so your platoon would get you on the right track through what ever means necessary.

Now what did this do for us?  It made disciplined Soldiers.  Soldiers that knew if they messed up, they had to pay the consequences.  The sad part is, that’s not true today.  When you got to your unit, if you got in trouble, you had two choices.

1. Take physical punishment (smoking).  This could last as long as your SGT wanted.  It was meant to let you know that YOU FUCKED UP.  While they smoked you, a good NCO would also try to mentor you, and let you know what you could do to fix yourself.

2. Option 2 was the road less traveled.  Instead of taking some physical pain for awhile, you could instead get a negative counseling statement.  The problem with taking this easier route is, that negative counseling forms could accrue and earn you an Article 15, which almost always meant demotion, loss of pay, and extra duty.

So generally option 1 was the way to go.  You take your lickings and get back to work.  Todays Army frowns on option 1 and instead pushes for paperwork that if even slightly messed up, gets thrown out, which means little Joe Schmoe gets off Scott free, and theres nothing you can do about it.  It breeds un-disciplined Soldiers who know they can push the boundaries.  I can talk about this all day, but have to say, if a Presidential candidate ever made plans to fix the Army and stop hamstringing us, I would vote for them.

Let me know what you think.  Thanks for reading.

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