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MILITARY: ‘Warrior class’ exists – and good thing

Letter by Dennis Quilio, Gig Harbor on Jan. 7, 2013 at 11:57 am with No Comments »
January 7, 2013 1:18 pm

Should we be concerned about creating a “warrior class” (TNT, 1-4)? I have news for you: We already have one and have had one since the founding of this nation.

Our country was founded and built by the citizen-soldiers who have traditionally done their duty in wartime and then returned to their peaceful civilian life. That has been true of our volunteer warriors and our conscripts. But in between wars we have maintained a corps of career soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who were ready to respond to a threat at a moments notice and to train the next wave of volunteers or draftees to survive and prevail in battle.

Closer to home, we have law enforcement professionals who do their best to keep us safe while we work, play and sleep. They are as much “warriors” as our military members serving overseas and, in many cases, are one and the same.

Without the warrior class, life in this country would be very different for those not inclined to protect themselves, their families or friends. Someone needs to do their dirty work for them because those poor souls teach their children through word and example to be scared and unable to protect themselves.

The main difference between feudal Japan and Europe with their respective samurai and knights and modern-day America is that those societies recognized the need for warriors and their role. They appreciated and celebrated them while our society, for the most part, does not.

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