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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Courage

This is what the Army has to say about it:

"All soldiers must be prepared for tasks that involve the use of controlled lethal force: to fight. They may be required to take the lives of others, and knowingly to risk their own; to show restraint, even when doing so involves personal danger; and to witness injury or death to their comrades but still continue with the task in hand. This requires physical courage, and soldiers will depend on each other for it. Moral courage is equally important. That is the courage to do what is right even when it may be unpopular, or involve the risk of ridicule or danger; and to insist on maintaining the highest standards of decency and behaviour at all times and under all circumstances. In the end this will earn respect and foster trust.

Courage - both physical and moral - creates the strength upon which fighting spirit and success on operations depend. It is a quality needed by every soldier, but it is especially important for those placed in positions of authority, because others will depend on their lead and respond to it."


The emphasis is mine. I think these are the elements than can be particularly difficult to show in yet are probably the most important.


10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

WALTER WAS HERE =)

6:34 pm  
Blogger PI said...

I would highlight decency in addition.
I'm not pointing a finger at the army per se, but the human race in general.
Bring back decency!

8:38 pm  
Blogger The Boy said...

Can't say I disagree with any of that, but it has the distinct taste of a manual. Needs more poetry!

9:15 pm  
Blogger zoe said...

mmmmm .... i'd go and save those that you are responsible for first.


just something that i learnt from an ex-soldier.

9:54 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Walter - not off HAHO jumping in behind enemey lines (or is that next weekend)?

PI - That's covered under another 'value' - namely Respect For Others.

The Boy - Totally agree.

Zoe - I don't think it's saying you shouldn't - just that you might see some nasty stuff and still have to soldier on.

6:48 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO U-SOLDIER, IM CURRENTLY DOING MY FOURTH FAN DANCE AS IM WRITING THIS ON MY INBUILT LAPTOP ON MY WATCH.

GREAT BLOG BY THE WAY.

5:38 pm  
Blogger gonorr said...

shame more of the chaps i work with dont have moral courage.
Walter, don't forget to stock up on mars bars.
It's a tough life being a blade an all ;-p

7:24 pm  
Blogger Fluff said...

What's a fan dance? Is it like Morris dancing?

(by the way US hun.. you know its me, Southern Bird right? Just checking because you have me on AWOL. I'm not.. just covert ops! Oo this jargon's turning me on)

9:36 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Fluff - sorry been meaning to update links for a while. Done and dusted now. The Fan Dance is a particularly nasty route march in the Brecon Beacons over Pen-y-Fan. It's used on selection for the SAS and by other sadistic training courses.

6:07 pm  
Blogger Fluff said...

Nothing with hankies then.
Oh.

Thanks for the linky love. I wasn't nagging, just double checking you knew. x

7:41 am  

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