The “Chosen Few”.

posted June 4th, 2012 by John B.

Warriors

In history there have always been great warriors.  They are known by many different names such as Spartans, Zulu, Apache, Aztecs, Marines, etc…  Warriors have also existed in every culture to defend it.  The cultures that didn’t have warriors fade into the history of time.  Warriors corupted by politicians never last as long.

Ephesians 6:10-19

10-Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11-Put on the full armor of GOD, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12-For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavanly realms. 13-Therefore put on the full armor of GOD, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14-Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  15-and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16-In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17-Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of GOD. 18-And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 19-Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me, so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.

The very freedoms the United States enjoys today exists, because we have Soldiers, Sailers, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsman who are willing to defend it for each us.  The sacrifices our military men, women, and of their families is greater then many civilians will ever know.  A true Warriors know that not everybody can be a warrior and that as a Warrior there comes responsibilities.  Some have the fighting sprit, but not the full use of their body to be in the US Military.  Individuals with asthma, allergies, full color blindness, have been held out of the military for conditions that do not dwindle the fact that they can be warriors.  For whatever reason GOD has selected a chosen few that are able and willing to fight for our country. Most say it is a calling to serve our country.  Some say it is the right thing to do for living free.  Others just need a job and a steady income for a couple of years.  But all will agree that joining the military will change you.  These are the “Chosen Few”…”We are the Chosen few to fight for what is right.”

These chosen few are not any greater than the rest of our society.  They just have characteristics that drive a great amount of them to succeed.  Even after the military, they also succeede in the civilian world.  These chosen few are just a reflection of society.  The military has its own brand of idiots as well.   There are sleaze bags that don’t want to pay their child support while in the military.  Unfortunately for them, the US military will make sure that obligation is met and will discipline the individual for being less than honorable.  There are drunks, drunk drivers, womanizers, KKK, wife beater, gang members, gangs, child molesters, and so on in our military ranks.  The great thing about the military is that these individuals will be dealt with in a military fashion.  Swift and just Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

The point is that the US military is just a snap shot of the overall culture of the US.  The 5-10% idiots out there even exists in the military. Even with that fact in place there is an inordinate amount of leaders that come out of the military that may not have been cultivated anywhere else.  Our young men and women learn a great deal in a short amount of time.  Four years is the average enlisted time for an individual.  Most people who join the military only plan to do a single enlistment.  Life sometimes dictates that they stay in for various reasons.

When you have earned the title of Airman, Sailor, Coastie, or Marine, you should be very proud of your accomplishement.  Those totals come with responsibility for the rest of your life.  Just because you have earned those titles people will look at you differently and expect more of you.

PSalms 144:1 -Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war…

In todays society there is a slight (HUGE at times) loss in the Warrior training.  We train to fight, but how about our conduct during the training evolution?  And after we have done what we have been trained to do, now what?  Many military members come back from serving over seas and are at a loss for purpose.  We know what to do in military uniform, but what do we do now in the civilian world.  Learn how to fight for yourself and do your research.  Learn the “battleground” and the “terrain.”  The civilian world uses different terms and definitions, but the attack plan to overcome them is the same.  Train and educate yourself, learn how to rely on friends and family as your fire teams, squads, and platoons.

1-Over the years I have noticed that our military members have forgotten some of the very aspects that make them a “Warrior”.  The most obvious one is to protect the innocent.  Start with this foundation: there will always be someone out there bigger, better, stronger, faster, and smarter.  This truth is humbling to say the least, but is a fact of life. Protect the innocent.  When young military men get together they usually have an ego that goes with being in the military.  The fact is that actions will always speak louder than words.  You don’t always have to be the biggest and baddest of the group.  Some of the time the biggest and baddest is the dumbest and slowest of the group.  Our US SPECOPS groups are the biggest & baddest and are also some of the smartest.  Life may dictate that sometimes you are the weak one, but your ability to cope with that makes the difference.  Always protect the innocent.

2-There have been many times over the years when I have heard people bragging about doing things in the military (firing specific weapons, being in different parts of the world, being part of an elite group, having some elite training, or having specific skills) that just were not true.  I usually drift away from those individuals who may potentially give the military a bad presentatio to others.  Most seasoned service members try to keep a low profile about being in the military (OPSEC) and hardly brag about what they do, where they have been, and specifically how they operate within the military.  What we do in the military does not have to be glorified.  If it deserves any recognition we will be well decorated as such.  Bragging about ongoing training at a bar is a big Operational Security “No, No!”  Bragging years after the fact is much better, if at all.

3-As our service members come back from actively participating in a combat zone some of our government agencies have done a crappy job of helping our service members readjust in the medical area.  Just recently , the military medical groups have been tasked with looking at service members that have been missdiagnosed without PTSD (Post Tramatic Stress Disorder).  They have the symptoms of stress, nightmares, irritability, sleeplessness, anger, and other factors, but the doctors have been very conservative of their diagnosis of PTSD.  In that light, many of our Soldiers have been suicidal, homicidal, and cannot function well upon return.

We have improved since the Vietnam era, but need to leap and bound from where we are right now to help those who have protected us. We as US citizens owe it to them.  If we can let GM and Chrysler executives get bonuses during a government aid then we surely can take care of our Service Members and Veterans.  In fact, I’d gamble to say that if we took the money we directly paid to those same executives of failing companies and redirected it to the VA for PTSD that we as a society would be better off.

The other side of the coin, is that service members going to see the DOC ever seen as a sign of personal weakness.  It is not.  Soldiers forget or hide from the fact that they now need protection of some sort for themselves.  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a very common aspect of life after being in any combat environment (Police, Fire, abusive relationships, etc…).  Protect those that need it.  Be strong enough to ask for HELP for yourself. Remember the old tried and true Boot Camp saying that, “the dumbest question is the one not asked.”  I’m willing to help, but are you willing to ask for it.

John-

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