Through the years, the approach to physical training within the military has evolved to coincide with the tactical requirements of the modern-day soldier. I have outlined a typical 6-week program for a Special Forces operative. Do you have what it takes?
Military Style Training
Down through the years, the approach to physical training within the military has evolved to coincide with the tactical requirements of the role of the modern day soldier. When I first joined the Army back in 1997, it was a different Army than the one in which my father, his father before him, and his father before him all had enlisted.
I come from a long line of military men, all of whom have served in combat missions throughout different generations. My great grandfather served in both the Boer War in South Africa and the Great War, also known as World War I; he even received medals for valor. My grandfather served in WWII, Congo and Cypress during the Turkish/Greek War, and my father served in Lebanon […]
The American Cemetery in Normandy, just east of Omaha Beach. Thousands of Americans perished in the Normandy Invasion. Image online via Wikimedia Commons.
Not only are they commemorated
by columns and inscriptions,
but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them,
graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.
Pericles, Athenian Leader
On Remembering Those
Who Fought and Died for their Country
In the spring, when flowers are in bloom throughout the United States, Americans decorate the graves of military men and women who died fighting for their country.
No one is exactly sure when “Decoration Day” first started, but the first official observance at Arlington Cemetery took place three years after the Civil War was over. On the 5th of May, in 1868, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that May 30th would be a day to honor the dead.
Urging citizens to use “the choicest flowers of springtime,” Logan reminded everyone to not let the graves of servicemen slip into disrepair:
We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. … Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of […]
I have quite a few stories about memorial day, but here I would like to mention just three.
The first is a story my wife Deb wrote in our American Futures series two years ago, from Columbus, Mississippi. It is about the origin, or at least one origin, of Memorial Day observances in the United States just after the Civil War, and it directly involves the then-fledgling Atlantic Monthly magazine. You can read it here.
The second is a long and powerful essay called “The Citizen Soldier: Moral Risk and the Modern Military,” by Phil Klay, author of the justly celebrated novel of the Iraq war Redeployment. It is published as a “Brookings Essay” but has no resemblance to the standard Brookings paper. It deals with an aspect of the question I was trying to explore last year in my story “The Tragedy of the American Military.”
I was writing mainly about the destructive moral effect on the entire society of its separation from the military that is open-endedly at war in its name. Klay deals with that but, […]