US Military Ethos
Posted 3/4/08
Due to the increased amounts of threads on the US military, I thought I would share some info I found in an article. Im not going to share my opinions on the US military, but maybe you'll just find it interesting...anyway....

Sunday Times (London) September 24, 2006, Sunday US army's kill-kill ethos under fire

BYLINE: Sarah Baxter, Washington

THE American army should scrap the Warrior Ethos, a martial creed that urges soldiers to demonstrate their fighting spirit by destroying the enemies of the United States at close quarter rather than winning the trust of local populations, according to senior US officers and counter-insurgency experts. Soldiers are instructed to live by the creed, which evokes the warrior spirit of the modern US army. It begins with the stirring vow, "I am an American soldier", and goes on to affirm that "I will never accept defeat. I will never quit ... I stand ready to deploy, engage and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat".

Admirable though this may be in the heat of battle, the Warrior Ethos's emphasis on annihilating the enemy is inimical to the type of patient, confidence building counter-insurgency warfare in which America is engaged in the Middle East, according to Lieutenant-General Gregory Newbold, former director of operations to the joint chiefs of staff at the Pentagon. "The future crises that relate to Iraq and Afghanistan will be a struggle for hearts and minds," Newbold said. "We're in a different environment now and that requires different techniques."

The Warrior Ethos replaced the Soldier's Creed drawn up in the post-Vietnam era which stated: "I am an American soldier ... No matter what situation I am in, I will never do anything for pleasure, profit or personal safety, which will disgrace my uniform. I will use every means I have, even beyond the line of duty, to restrain my army comrades from actions disgraceful to themselves and the uniform." The degrading treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and atrocities such as the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl in Mahmudiya have highlighted the conduct of individual American servicemen.

The Pre-2003 Ethos:
"I am an American soldier. I am a member of the United States Army - a protector of the greatest nation on earth.
Because I am proud of the uniform I wear, I will always act in ways creditable to the military service and the nation that it is sworn to guard. No matter what situation I am in, I will never do anything for pleasure, profit or personal safety, which will disgrace my uniform, my unit or my country. I will use every means I have, even beyond the line of duty, to restrain my Army comrades from actions, disgraceful to themselves and the uniform. I am proud of my country and its flag. I will try to make the people of this nation proud of the service I represent for I am an American soldier."

The Current Ethos:
"I am an American soldier. I am a warrior and a member of a team.I serve the people of the Unites States and live the Army values.I will always place the mission first.I will never accept defeat.I will never quit.I will never leave a fallen comrade.I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.I am an expert and I am a professional.I stand ready to deploy, engage and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.I am an American soldier."

[not complete article, I edited out a middle section as it was too long]

I am not here to say anything bad about the US military, I believe those who choose this line of work are admirable and sometimes people need to remember when they read negative articles about certain military men (eg. the okinawa and dog over the cliff cases) they should take into account the individual and not judge everyone as the same.....just sharing some info I found interesting.
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