Destruction of the Warrior Culture

If you could put your finger on a point in time when it started it would have to be the decade of the 1960s. That is when Americans stood by and allowed the destruction of the warrior culture to start.

The warrior culture is the unique culture that exists in varying degrees in all branches of the United States Armed Forces. To use the lingo of the day, it is the American spirit and probably the last stronghold of it, only on steroids.

In the Special Operations and the Combat Arms branches of service it is by necessity intense. It is the invisible to the uncultured, but is their crucial tool bag item for survival. These forces represent the tip of the arrow that strikes our nation’s enemies. It is smaller than the rest of the force, but it is the deadly piece. It is the piece, without which the remainder is useless. Like a bee without a stinger, an arrow without an arrowhead is just a buzzing annoyance. A much larger shaft, representing the remainder of the force, enables the arrowhead to strike its target. From the arrowhead to the vane, the warrior culture is the glue that holds it all together and makes it work. The culture is commonly focused with strongly held core values as its foundation. If any piece of its foundation falters, the rest will fail. The results for our warriors and ultimately our country? Catastrophic.

How does a nation allow the destruction of its military force, clearly the world’s most powerful, whose cornerstone is that strong and dedicated warrior culture? Social engineering is how. The weapons of choice are anti military liberal ideology and its abject offspring – political correctness. Their method? Through social engineering, destroy the core values.

I enlisted into the Army in 1971. It was not a popular career choice at the time. Our military was still in Vietnam and hamstrung by inept politicians of the Ted Kennedy genre. Soldiers, many of whom were conscripts, were commonly greeted as baby killers by the Jane Fondas and John Kerrys of the day. They were welcomed home from war, one in which their country called them to serve, by the ignorant reprobates of the me generation. Today, we call them the President’s czars.

As the draft was winding down, I was introduced to the new VOLAR Army. VOLAR is short for volunteer Army. Haircuts and other appearance standards were relaxed and basic trainees got to wear civilian clothes on the weekends. The recruiting pitch was not “join the Army.” It was “let the Army join you.” To attract volunteers, the assumption was that the warrior culture needed to be more like the culture outside the gates of the military bases. Or, at least give the appearance that it was.

From my perspective, that was the jumping off point for the slow turn away from the warrior culture and toward a politically correct culture. Fortunately for our country, our Warriors hung on to the culture that is dear to them and necessary for the survival of our nation. They brought our Armed Forces back from the precipice on which it stood after Vietnam. They survived Jimmy Carter and were blessed with the leadership of Ronald Reagan. The concern is can it survive in the current political culture and under our current political leadership.

Political correctness cost lives at Fort Hood, because Army officers feared a discrimination complaint would be filed against them if they challenged a jihadi lunatic in an Army uniform. I do not need an investigation to tell me that is the case. I lived it.

The other day I was trapped in the waiting room at the eye doctor. The first thing I had to endure on the flat panel television hanging from the wall was Ellen. For me, that glorification of homosexuality is like water boarding. Or maybe worse. Oprah followed Ellen. Oprah’s guest? Ellen’s wife. Trying to sell her book about anorexia and bulimia. With tears running down her face she read excerpts about puking up Nachos followed by accounts of how hard it was hiding her homosexuality. Good thing DADT was repealed.

Hang on to the warrior culture Americans. With all of your might.

© 2011

3 thoughts on “Destruction of the Warrior Culture”

  1. During the conversion to VOLAR I was on Army Recruiting duty and noticed some significant changes. Recruiting at the time became much more difficult as the incentives for many to enlist rather than be drafted took their effect. I also noticed a change in the caliber of many of the enlistees in both education level, maturity, and motives. Rather than what can I do for my country it became a reflection of what can it do for me. While this was not true of all, and we did have many good soldiers, it was also a reflection of the times. I personally thought the draft a good thing for our country as the military was a better reflection of society and the younger soldiers benefited from the older peer pressure, of course there was the other side of the coin which harbored the malcontents who did not want to be there, and resented the intrusion upon their lives, rather than any patriotic fervor, which of course was exacerbated by Vietnam. I am however now favorably impressed with the soldiers we currently have representing us, so guess it’s not all bad is it.

    Top: We clearly have the greatest Soldiers. What concerns me is how many of them may be put at risk by Social Engineering and Political Correctness. – J.D.

  2. I second the remarks of loran4! I, also, am retired military and a Nam vet. Our standing forces remind us that the problem is not with the boots on the ground but with PC leadership!

    I recently performed duties as a roving marshaller for a holiday parade (in civilian clothes) and was chastized by the organizers for rendering the hand salute each time a flag unit passed my position. I was told that “you are a participant in the parade and not a spectator”! My response was “BS”!

  3. Always glad to have your input. Wish we could make everyone understand it is their duty to love and protect this country. Far too many think they are patriotic, but have never done anything for anyone except themselves. Like you, I am retired military, but never thought I was making a sacrifice, instead felt it was a contribution and a need for the country. Cannot help but feel that, unless we go back to the process our forefathers meant for this country, dificult decisions lie ahead.
    Don’t get discouraged, ad I feel most veterans feel the way you do, but haven’t found that leadership to lead this country yet, but will.

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