Army Adaption and the Rise of the Warrior Class

 
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us-soldiers-427jf090910 "The consequences of this unique milestone in American history are many -- the rise of a new warrior class, the declining number of Americans in public life with the sobering experience of war, the fading ideal of public service as a civic responsibility." A great article from Politics Daily, and a video from TRADOC chief Gen. Dempsey that I commend to your attention. First, from the article itself:
The U.S. Army now begins its 10th continuous year in combat, the first time in its history the United States has excused the vast majority of its citizens from service and engaged in a major, decade-long conflict instead with an Army manned entirely by professional warriors. This is an Army that, under the pressure of combat, has turned inward, leaving civilian America behind, reduced to the role of a well-wishing but impatient spectator. A decade of fighting has hardened soldiers in ways that civilians can't share. America respects its warriors, but from a distance. "They don't know what we do,'' said Col. Dan Williams, who commands an Army aviation brigade in Afghanistan.
I recommend you go read it in its' entirety, and then watch the following videos:
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I agree with Starbuck. There can be a risk of a divide between Soldiers and the civil society that they serve. I think one avenue to bridge this gap is to further discuss what it means to be a soldier in the service of a republic. After all, the Army's ultimate purpose is to provide protection to the citizens it serves. Reinforcing that professional ethic can mitigate any corrosive tendencies within the community.

Kings of War had a great essay on the "warrior class" recently. Suffice to say, I think a civil-military divide is a very, very dangerous thing in a democratic republic. We, as soldiers, need to be able to hang up the uniform from time to time and interact with civil society on a regular basis.

http://kingsofwar.org.uk/2010/09/killing-them-softly-warriors-sentimenta...

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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.