There is a GREAT post by the Angry Staff Officer on his blog entitled: “Stop Calling Us Warriors.” The Angry Staff Officer is a US Army officer, and engineer, and so, as you would expect his ‘rant’ is couched in US terms and culture but, as I have said, we, Canadians, often mindlessly, adopt US memes and themes as our own and the notion of a “warrior culture” is one of them.
I have explained before what I believe makes a good soldier, what I am certain is necessary to be a good soldier. There are six, people centred attributes, I suggest:
Toughness, superb discipline, great training and adequate equipment need to be “book-ended” by good leadership and proper organization. If our sailors, soldiers and air force members are all those things then they will be damned hard to beat … and none of those things have anything to do with “warriors” or Spartans or the Roman legions or medieval mercenaries. We have people, from electronics technicians in remote radio stations to special forces assaulters who are amongst the world’s very best sailors, soldiers and aviators: let’s understand what they do and how they need to do it, not “brand” them with fake, Hollywood attributes.
Thanks, Angry Staff Officer … I wish I’d said that!