A serious issue that I’ve seen in the Liberty/Patriot/Militia is the perception that those of us with prior military service look down on civilians as serfs to be shunned and ostracized for their lack of martial ability. A friend has used the analogy of Adults compared to children, and this has been made into an “Us vs Them” theme by the ignorant, as if we are in competition.
There is no competition in this arena, simply because the requisite skills are not present in civilians to be competitors. Going to an SUT class or four does not put you on par with an infantryman who did one enlistment (it’s like comparing little league with a farm league team). Those who generally push that you are on par have an agenda, and that agenda usually has a price tag attached, and it has to do with attending their class.
Does this mean you cannot compete once the “Big game” day comes? Not at all. What it means is you will probably need assistance (before and during) from those that know how it works, and how to efficiently perform the tasks necessary for success in your endeavor. Can you succeed without help? Maybe, but the odds are not good, and relying on luck is just stupid. The type of tasks I’m talking about are from an “Operations” level, not defending you retreat (although someone who knows something like “Base defense operations” could be very helpful) from zombies.
Making the “Adult/Child analogy into an “Us vs Them” mindset is a seriously, grotesque exaggeration, and shows the ignorance of those that forward that mentality. In my own life as a Father, I want the best for my children and have never looked at it as a “Versus” relationship. I try to give them the best advice I can. I teach them the things I know and have experienced to help them survive to adulthood and make sound, reasonable, responsible decisions when faced with issues as an adult.
When those of us that are Vets tell you “Hey, you do not know what you are talking about, that’s not how it’s done.” concerning something that relates to strategy, operations, and small unit tactics, it’s probably because we’ve either seen or done the stupid crap being mentioned, and don’t want to see you fail. We all hate the “knowitall” who has no or little background in something, telling us “I’d do it this way.”. It sounds like the cherry LT who says “In my experience.”, or “One time at Rotcee.”. I had an LT that would come up with some hair brained idea, and say “Sergeant Dodge, what do you think of this?” I’d give him a look that told him it was stupid, then he’d say, “Well I am in charge, why should I listen to you?”. My response was usually a form of “Do what you want Sir, you’re in charge but I was jumping out of planes when you were jumping off the bus.” I never said “I told you so, Sir.” when he did what he wanted to and failed, as it was a learning experience, and part of that learning experience was learning to take advice from those that knew (His betters). He was the “Child” being mentored by an “Adult”. The term “Child” is a status, not a put down.
Some of the things I’ve seen in comments is that a number of the “You can’t tell me what to do.”, “butthurt” individuals (don’t like being told they are “Children”, or we are their “Betters”) believe we want to be “The King”, “The Warlord”, or some other such “I’m the Leader” silliness, and that is the furthest from the truth possible. Most of my friends who are Vets know what war is about, and don’t want to experience another one. We understand the reality, you only know the book or the movie. If we are in charge, at least initially, it is because we are the best people suited to help in overall survival. After that, I know most of us would step down, and let those who have proven themselves lead the way. I personally don’t want any part of being in the leadership.
To LEAD, you first have to know how to FOLLOW! To be a “Follower” requires subordination. Every individual who was in the military knows how to subordinate themselves. We didn’t necessarily like it, but we did it because that’s how teams work and accomplish goals. Someone is in charge. Fortunately for the civilians willing to follow, there are those that are willing to lead them. Those in charge in the upcoming festivities would be those who know more, due to their training and experience. You generally won’t have to deal with a guy being in charge only because someone gave him a commission. It requires bonafides.
Do we expect subordination from those who don’t have our experience? Hell yes!. Keep in mind, you subordinating yourself to an experienced Vet, doesn’t mean you are subservient. There is a difference in this instance between the two. Below are the definitions of both that apply in this post.
placed in or occupying a lower class, rank, or position
useful in an inferior capacity.
A friend had a good analogy for the difference in the context we are using. When an individual goes to basic training, he is subservient to everyone except his peers, till he graduates from Basic and AIT. When that person graduated from Basic and AIT, he goes to his unit assignment, and is subordinate to all that outrank him, and peers that are in leadership positions greater than his. (example: The ranks of Specialist and Corporal are both in the grade of E-4, but a Corporal is an Non Commissioned Officer, and a Specialist is enlisted, and the rank of Specialist is more of a time in service promotion, than it is a promotion due to recognized leadership and responsibility). In Basic and AIT you aren’t anything more than a trainee. When you get to your unit of assignment, you are a Soldier, and with the elevation in status comes a marked increase in what is expected and required out of you.
Recently, both Barry and Roberts have given you guys things to ponder when/if you decide to take up arms. It is not a joke, and blowing their advice off is the mark of the exceptionally naive ignoramus. You might not like the delivery, but it wasn’t intended to massage you delicate, effeminate psyche. It was written to give men the facts about the requirements needed, as only two men with their experience can give them. As I told Barry before, in the grand scheme of things, I am a “Teenager” compared to his background. The funny thing is that he has told me about men that make him feel like a child due to their backgrounds.
The choice is yours, be a “Child” who wants to know more and is willing to subordinate to those that know (like I was at my first unit, I was a damn sponge and was fortunate to have those that were willing to answer ALL my questions). Or be the “Child” who is a selfish little shit, is always saying “Me, me, me.” and is an ignorant knowitall. Some children will (not “can”) not be taught do to their inability to take instruction, and they usually learn the lessons the HARD way. We do not want you to learn the hard way. If that was the case, I would not run the business I do, or waste my time on this blog. It takes time from things that are very important to me, but I have put this on my priorities “Things to do” list. It would be nice to think think the effort was not being wasted.
Taxpayers did not pay for our resumes, we earned them. We were paying taxes then too dumbasses. We earned them through our own efforts (the military didn’t give us shit, when it comes to qualifications), and don’t owe the electorate/taxpayers shit. Most of you lazy bastards dropped the ball in this country, by not keeping those elected in line (that is not the military’s job, is it?). You had one job, and you blew it, and you can’t blame the military for that. Now it’s time to pay the piper.
Learn what you can. Train your mind, body, and soul to fight the onslaught that is headed this way. If you are a Vet, teach those that are willing to learn what you know. If they don’t want to learn, Screw’em. They don’t deserve your time or efforts, and will probably be saying “You can’t tell me what to do” all the way to the camps or when they get rolled over by their “Betters” in their own communities.