Infantrymen: Pride & Arrogance

Infantrymen: Pride & Arrogance

Infantrymen: Pride & Arrogance
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Infantrymen have a pride and arrogance that most Americans don’t understand and don’t like.

Even soldiers who aren’t infantrymen don’t understand. The pride doesn’t exist because we have a job that’s physically impressive.

It certainly doesn’t exist because it takes a higher level of intelligence to perform our duties.

It’s sad and I hate to admit it, but any college student or high school grad can physically do what we do.

It’s not THAT demanding and doesn’t take a physical anomaly.

Nobody will ever be able to compare us to professional athletes or fitness models.

And it doesn’t take a very high IQ to read off serial numbers, pack bags according to a packing list, or know that incoming bullets have the right of way.

The pride of the infantryman comes not from knowing that he’s doing a job that others can’t, but that he’s doing a job that others simply won’t.


3 thoughts on “Infantrymen: Pride & Arrogance

  1. My thoughts on the warrior class have always been informed by Akira Kurosowa’s great film (greatest ever made), Seven Samurai.
    On one level it is a deconstruction of bushido which was not an unusual theme in Japanese cinema at the time.
    On another, the samurai have the advantage with their advanced knowledge of tactics and soldiering but it would be for not against the bandits (also ronin) without a sense of humanistic principles. Nor is the mission sound without those principles.
    Meanwhile as Kambei (Takashi Shimura in one of the cinema’s greatest performances) states after the final battle, “So. Again we are defeated. The farmers have won. Not us.”

    The village and the rice planting continue as they did before in years of the bandit raids.


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