Skip to comments.Recruiting: Put the Warrior Back into Society
Posted on 04/26/2005 9:44:10 AM PDT by strategofr
Soldiers For the Truth, SFTT.org 04-04-2005
Recruiting: Put the Warrior Back into Society
By Michael S. Woodson Recent news reports say that the U.S. Army is not meeting its current recruiting goals, while the Navy and Air Force are filling their slots. One explanation for this is that the Army requires sales techniques to get people in the door because the country has scant trust for the political rationales used for sending troops into foreign combat. One technique the Army uses is the fantasy sale (formerly Be all you can be, now An Army of One) to get enough people in the door. However, such a fantasy approach either insults the recruits intelligence and makes them appear gullible to their peers, or sets them up for disillusionment if they actually believe the Recruiting Commands ad copy. The Navy and Air Force attract recruits with a high-tech emphasis, implying that they will learn something useful for their post-military careers. This does not insult their intelligence and actually receives more respect from their peers. Navy and Air Force officers cultivate the image of involvement in science, physics and engineering, representing applied academic achievement in uniform. The Army and the Marines, however, do not have similar latitude in the scientific and academic disciplines taught in schools today. Where people are both gun-shy and lawsuit-shy, you will not find a curriculum in the arts, history or disciplines of war. The absence of martial learning in schools today leaves a vacuum filled by disordered mutations of the instinct: gangs, lone shooters, clique fights or contact sports. Army recruitings premise is that the service must select and turn civilian-oriented recruits into a new soldiers within a year. The most that can be made of this fast food approach has been made, and is remarkable as far as it goes. And yet this quick turnaround is a minimalist approach to the profession of warriorcraft that our society does not use in other professions such as medicine, law or ministry. There has to be a better way than crippling our warriors with a mixed dedication that treats their profession as a paraprofession. The young person contemplating military training and service out of high school faces a rapid personal revolution lacking the depth of a gradual steeling over time. A martial tradition beginning in early childhood would change that. While our society expects a military that will quickly and efficiently sharpen its recruits into formidable warriors, it expects these warriors to have civil rights awareness, cultural sensitivity and creative individuality to customize democracy projects all over the neocon map. How can this happen in public schools and universities from which military tradition and the art of war are estranged? There is no psychological trick, hat change, badge, moniker or advertising campaign that can improve recruiting. The only way to improve Army recruiting is to improve the quality of recruits over the long term. It can only happen if recruiting dies and martial training and tradition rises in U.S. public elementary school curricula. The qualities and skills of warriors should be built up gradually over time if our soldiers and Marines are to fulfill the nearly superhuman expectations society imposes: to kill their enemies while equipping the relatives and neighbors among whom their enemies live with the tools and mindset of democracy. Each of the armed services ought to use recruiting and research funds to pay accomplished former armed service members to train children in key areas that will develop their warrior talents: physical and mental toughening, orienteering, martial arts, marksmanship, swimming, outdoor and survival skills, negotiating terrain, mechanical skills, endurance, field medicine, problem-solving workshops and the like. The best approach would establish integrated martial art, sports and academic programs in elementary schools and take martial curricula out of the storefront sales paradigm (like military recruiting) and into a prep school curriculum. Such an emphasis would not be just for developing future commissioned officers, but for enlisted soldiers as well. Young students would benefit from a samurai-like program in service to constitutional democracy. Such a program would provide a much larger contingent of military-ready recruits and candidates when they come of age without having to put them through a sudden assembly-line process after high school, which actually forces the appearance of fanaticism that civilian sensitivities ironically create. At any time, we would be able to raise a credible military force out of our peacetime population. The warrior prep programs should eclipse JROTC programs. They would not indoctrinate the children to think in terms of officer or enlisted, but would emphasize mastery of hands-on leadership and teamwork in martial skills before rank ever became an issue. The goal and reward would be mastery of martial skills, not attainment of rank. The virtues of warrior traditions would deepen the warrior profession beyond a corporate career concept in more and more children over time. American culture must help our children replace the toy-store fixation with plastic war heroes and enable in them the empowering realization that they can defend their people, their country and their freedoms. Men are not plastic and life is no game. Yet for some interests, it has been profitable to treat them like plastic game pieces at expense to life and limb. As our population ages and immigration increases, we will need a mainstream warrior cohort integrated into civilian schooling that blends new immigrants with established citizens dedicated to the common defense of our nation. We cannot afford to allow ourselves to develop into a nerdy, yuppie techno-class that is protected, fed and clothed by a perpetual immigrant force of people who must take lower pay simply because they are newer and less educated. To accept the status quo is to increasingly make military recruiting just another commercial industry, and that is an art that democracy cannot afford to make mercenary and factional: the art of war. Michael Woodson is a Contributing Editor of DefenseWatch. He can be reached at email@example.com. Please send Feedback responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This would work. It is a modified version of the old Spartan idea.
Has anyone ever seen the recruiting commercials/ads for the British Army? They don't try to sugar coat things like our army does. In their ads you see people getting dirty, under intense pressure, cold, tired, wet, etc. I don't think that they are having trouble recruiting people with this.
Our Army, has ads/commercials that are such obvious BS and PC filled crap that it's pretty understandable why we are having problems.
Paragraphs are our friends, even to army recruits. :)
The army is not having problems filling slots - it is just media hype.
The problem in not marketing. It is the constant anti-military drivel from the MSM, the entertainment industry, the Dems, and PC teachers/profs.
With all that anti-military sentiment, it's a wonder anybody signs up at all.
Also some spel checking.
There are all the vet organizations but they don't do much outreach to promoting new warriors. There are many more patriot parents that never served that aren't welcomed into the vet organizations. Every football program has a booster club.
The services generally don't have any time for warrior promoters who for one reason or another didn't serve. It is a mistake and a blown opportunity. Look at the number of hunters in the U.S., far more than all the vets put together. Our recruiters need to get on the ball if they want the best and most family supported recruits.
When my family served we always reached out to unattached kids and made them feel like part of our Marine family. Very powerful recruiting and those recruits with a support base always perform better.
Interesting, I first thought of Sparta and that this was probably going to be a kooky tin-foil helmet article.
However, the idea has merit. As I recall, all male citizens were expected to be part of our countries militia by our founding fathers. A little physical training, orienteering, shooting and maybe some kung fu classes in school wouldnt hurt anything and it would let some kids find out that they really like that sort of thing. They should tie it back in with the concepts of duty to your county and maybe have them read the constitution, if that isnt banned by some judge somewhere. It would also benifit the police departments and other law enforcement. I was always facinated at how many new recurits and officers I met in the military that had never even touched a gun prior to signing up. Its sad really.
I hate to point this out, but the Marines dont have nearly the problems the Army does with their quotas, mostly because they have the "maybe you can be one of us" attitude vs. "Army of one???" Of course we have fewer seats to fill, so I'll give them that.
No, the problem is that people are being shot at, pure and simple. That's the only thing that's changed from when the Army and Marines WERE meeting their goals. And it's the main reason why the AF and Navy are still making their numbers--there's a perception, based in fact, that those services are a safer alternative for those interested in military service.
The author makes a few points, but he overanalyzes. What's going on here is a test of the all-volunteer military in time of protracted military engagement. Nobody has ever tried it before, and the jury is still out on whether it will work.
People were being shot at after 9-11, and the Army had no problem meeting its recruitment goals.
What changed? After 9-11 the nation was united. Now we are not.
There's a difference between a three month campaign and a three year campaign. We are going to be in combat for the forseeable future. Anybody who signs up now is in all likelhood going to spend a year or more in Iraq. That's had time to sink in on the recruiting pool and their parents. Nobody wants to see their kid killed, even if it's for a good cause. It's just human nature. That resistance is hard for a recruiter to overcome.
Don't misconstrue my post as a comment on whether we should be in Iraq. It's just a comment on what the effect of our involvement has been recruitingwise.
As if gubmint skoolz weren't indoctrinating our kids enough; now they want to start training them to kill and die for the state while they're still in diapers.
Yeah, wasn't that tried already?
I think you are right. Not enough people in the Army to give relief to the back to back combat tours.
And what cause would that be exactly? Since WMDs have not been found, and were not there according to the last US report, the only cause would be for freeing the Iraqis and 'spreading democracy'. Seems I remember a President warning specifically against that....oh yes...
She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force....John Quincy Adams 1821
The only way to improve Army recruiting is to improve the quality of recruits over the long term. It can only happen if recruiting dies and martial training and tradition rises in U.S. public elementary school curricula. The qualities and skills of warriors should be built up gradually over time if our soldiers and Marines are to fulfill the nearly superhuman expectations society imposes: to kill their enemies while equipping the relatives and neighbors among whom their enemies live with the tools and mindset of democracy.
This fool (and unfortunately I do mean fool) is not advocating putting the warrior back into society, he's advocating a Spartan warrior state. Sounds like someone that's been hanging out with VDH a bit too long. Soldiers for Truth? Should be Soldiers that need to report for Psych Evals. Sorry but this one's beyond out there
Heard of them.:) An inexperienced poster, that's all.
Yeah, wasn't that tried already?
shelton, I think you found the true agenda of this noob
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