Soldiers usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them.
A soldier is he whose blood makes the glory of the general.
Henry G. Bohn
The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
Soldiers, when committed to a task, can’t compromise. It’s unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting the task go until it’s been done.
With courage and character, American soldiers continue to put themselves on the line to defend our freedom, and so many have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
One doesn’t become a soldier in a week – it takes training, study and discipline.There is no question that the finest Army in the world is found in the United States.
Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing. But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you, you’re not a good soldier.
Soldiers willingly, sometimes foolishly, risk their own lives to keep their comrades out of enemy hands.
Everyone knows what can happen to soldiers who are in front line units.
A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.
Being a soldier, fighting for this country, is neither Republican nor Democrat.
There’s something about an American soldier you can’t explain. They’re so grateful for anything, even a film actress coming to see them.
The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
Soldiers are men…most apt for all manner of services and best able to support and endure the infinite toils and continual hazards of war.
We have to make sure the Hell the veterans come home from is not the Hell they come back to.
Moral Injury is differentiated from PTSD in that it directly relates to guilt and shame veterans experience as a result of committing actions that go against their moral codes. Therapists who study and treat moral injury have found that no amount of medication can relieve the pain of trying to live with these moral burdens.
It was only by luck and the blessings of God that my soldiers did not encounter an assault, that we did not run over an IED. And to dishonor our service by saying we’re not worthy of being called combat veterans is insulting to the majority of men and women who serve their country honorably.
When I got out of the military, I finished up my education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and I had some mentors who said, ‘You got what it takes. You should consider going to graduate school, getting a Ph.D. in neuroscience.’ I didn’t think I had what it took until somebody who had a Ph.D. told me I had what it takes.
When I was building the Vietnam Memorial, I never once asked the veterans what it was like in the war, because from my point of view, you don’t pry into other people’s business.
No matter how bad any situation, cynicism has no positive impact. Watching the news, you might notice that cynicism and victimhood often seem to go hand-in-hand, but not for veterans.
Veterans are my life’s work. From the day my buddies saved my life in Iraq, I’ve woken up every single day dedicated to taking care of veterans and doing my best for veterans.
“The Japanese fought to win – it was a savage, brutal, inhumane, exhausting and dirty business. Our commanders knew that if we were to win and survive, we must be trained realistically for it whether we liked it or not. In the post-war years, the U.S. Marine Corps came in for a great deal of undeserved criticism in my opinion, from well-meaning persons who did not comprehend the magnitude of stress and horror that combat can be. The technology that developed the rifle barrel, the machine gun and high explosive shells has turned war into prolonged, subhuman slaughter. Men must be trained realistically if they are to survive it without breaking, mentally and physically.”
E.B. Sledge, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any treat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”
“What do I want now? I want to be treated with the respect I deserve in the current VA system and not be retraumatized. I want the men who did this to me to be punished and if that isn’t possible, I want reassurance what happened to me will never ever happen to another woman in the Armed services. I want some restitution of the damage I have.”
Diane Chamberlain, Conduct Unbecoming: Rape, Torture, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Military Commanders
“We had it drilled into us time and time again: ‘If someone above you falls, grip tightly to the vertical rope and cradle that person in your arms until help can get to you.’…If someone fell down on me I swear I would have bitten him on the ass and would keep on biting until he got off onhis own.”
C.S. Crawford, The Four Deuces: A Korean War Story
“Do me a favor, okay? Tell my parents that I fought well today. And tell them that I… that I… that I fought hard.”
Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down
“Take your time.
Stay away from the easy going.
Never take the same way twice.
Gunny Arndt’s rules for successful reconnaissance; Guadalcanal 1942”
GYSGT Charles C. Arndt
“In each succeeding war there is a tendency to proclaim as something new the principles under which it is conducted. Not only those who have never studied or experienced the realities of war, but also professional soldiers frequently fall into the error. But the principles of warfare as I learned them at West Point remain unchanged.”
John J. Pershing, My Experiences in the World War
I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.
When soldiers have been baptized in the fire of a battle-field, they have all one rank in my eyes.
Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.
I worked for the troops my entire time in the United States Armed Forces because we know in the United States Armed Forces that it’s not the generals and the colonels that win battles, it’s the soldiers: it’s the people at the front, the mechanics with their wrenches, the drivers moving the logistics back in the rear.
I grew up in a time when people believed in duty, honor and country. My grandfathers were both officers. My father was a General in the Air Force. My brother and I were both in the Army. I’ve always felt a kinship with soldiers; I think it’s possible to support the warrior and be against the war.
The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.
You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.
Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.
Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
The war… was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides.
Robert E. Lee
In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.
The sailor’s life is at the best a life of danger. He pursues honor on the mountain wave and finds it in the battle and in the storm, and never did more distinguished chivalry display itself than in the conduct of our seamen during the late war.
“You manage things; you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. It might help if we ran the MBAs out of Washington.”
Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hooper
“A leader is a dealer in hope.”
“My own definition of leadership is this: the capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”
“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
President Theodore Roosevelt
“Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.”
“There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.”
“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
“We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.”
“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head–that’s assault, not leadership.”
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
President Dwight Eisenhower
“If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
“A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances.”
“Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader.”
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
Gen. George Patton
“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf
“Experts often possess more data than judgement.”
“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
Gen. Colin Powell
“What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.”
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
Vice Adm. James Stockdale
“We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”
Gen. Omar Bradley
“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak and esteem to all.”
President George Washington
Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.
No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.
George S. Patton
“Because I am hard, you will not like me. But the more you hate me, the more you will learn. I am hard, but I am fair! There is no racial bigotry here! … Here you are all equally worthless! And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps! Do you maggots understand that?”
R. Lee Ermey, as Gunnery Sergeant Harman in Full Metal Jacket