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MILITARY: Ignorance of military success factors

Letter by John C. Thayer, University Place on May 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm | 22 Comments »
May 26, 2010 1:44 pm

Is there anything as tiresome as those who ceaselessly pound their chests for the “freedom” for gays in the military? Those who are least likely to ever put themselves on the line for their country are, of course, the loudest in their trendy “wisdom.”

In combat, there is no greater intimacy than the terror of possible imminent death or disabling. In that environment, it is critical that soldiers have faith in the trustworthiness of their peers. Doubts of motivations, integrity and honesty tear apart unit cohesiveness. You NEED the greatest macho ethos to make a military move forward successfully.

Sacrificing historical evidence on military unit effectiveness on the altar of “social progress” is emblematic of those who neither understand, nor want to understand, what the military is. Massaging their goosebumps at their own “social nobility” is the far greater imperative.

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