"Through many decades and many wars, the US
military has been honing its training skills, learning to take a civilized
human being and turn him into a killing machine.
A traditional way of doing this
was to motivate the soldier to hate the enemy and want to kill him.
After World War II, this approach was shaken by the Army's official
World War II historian, Samuel Marshall, who in 1947 upset the entire military
establishment with a slim book called "Men Against Fire: The Problem of
Battle Command in Future War."
In this book, Marshall claimed that
in World War II, at best one in four combat soldiers ever fired their weapon at
the enemy, and in most combat units only about 15% of the available firepower
was ever used.
Recently, I was discussing the Marshall book with two
World War II veteran
The one who had not been in combat found the report hard to
believe, but the other, who had served in the infantry in Europe, said, "I had
a machine gun. I never fired the thing."
"Why not?" the other asked.
"If you fired it, they'd shoot back at you."
Many in the military
challenged Marshall's fmdings.
But military training became focused on
how to improve what Marshall had called the "ratio of fire."
with the Vietnam War, the ratio of fire has greatly increased through training
techniques that involve simulated combat - so that the soldier acts without
Soldiers today often
will commit acts that they regret and will be uncertain about why they did
In a documentary I saw recently,
a confused American soldier in Iraq said he
was not sure why he had intentionally run over
a woman and killed her; his only explanation was that he had been
trained to respond that way in that
situation." - Mark Kurlansky
Can a Marine take on the
mantle of benevolent overseer?
American soldiers are sent out to kill
But become the force of an occupying power.
there is no force monopoly, atrocities are inevitable.
It happened in
Vietnam War; it is happening in
problem is exacerbated in an alien culture with overextended tours.
Being constantly on guard against
ambush but not being able to respond as a trained warrior with decisive force
develops enormous pressures.
It does not take a
psychiatrist to deduce that men and women break.
We can not bully people into
warfare needs to move beyond the
facile imagery of goodness confronting evil in a fair contest with a good
Such rectitude exists
only on movie screens, not in the realworld.
America has over 1.4 million men and women in uniform.
are stationed in Germany.
40,000 troops are stationed in Japan.
160,000 troops are stationed in Iraq.
500,000 standing troops
to protect resources critical to
2006 Army bans
privately purchased body armor even though independent testing confirms that
the American militaries claim that out-of-the-loop competitors body armor is
not as good as governmnet issue was false, in fact the out-of-the-loop
competitors body armor is better!
Ryan Kelly, 25, is billed $2,231 by
the military after spending nearly half a year fighting and
losing a leg.
"It hits you
in the gut. Its like thanks
for the service and now you owe us." - Ryan Kelly
veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have been treated at Veterans
Administration medical facilities.
Over 66,000 have been treated
stress disorder, acute depression and
At some Veterans Administration medical facilities it can take
several months to be seen by a doctor for mental health issues.
Veterans Benefits Administration has a backlog of 400,000 pending claims
causing veterans to wait from 6 months to 2 years to receive benefits they are
entitled to by law.
It is likely the cost of providing benefits for the
and Iraq war veterans
will cost between $300 billion to $600 billion.
Jay Platt developed Von
Hippel-Landau disease while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan.
The trigger for Jay Platt was solvents used to clean weapons.
Discharged with no medical benefits.
"You could be in the
military and be a six-pack-a-day smoker, and if you come down with emphysema,
'That's OK. We've got you covered,' but if you happen to have a disease where
there is an identified genetic contribution, you are screwed." - Kathy Hudson,
director of the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins
"The war on terrorism has provided
a convenient excuse
to stifle scientific
discourse and the
release of information on government operations. Those who stand to lose
the most from this policy are the service members it was ostensibly designed to
protect." - Maj. Remington Nevin
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