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Soldiers vs. Warriors

An interesting piece which makes a point that I hope all professional soldiers understand but that reminds us that some don’t:

Soldiers and Warriors

By Robert Bateman


GAAAA-RYYY OWEN, GARRYOWEN, GARRYOWEN,

IN THE LITTLE BIGHORN VALLEY ALL ALONE,

THERE’LL BE BETTER DAYS TO BE,

FOR THE SEVENTH CAVALRY,

WHEN WE RIDE AGAIN FOR DEAR OLD GARRYOWEN!

~ To the tune of the 7th Cavalry tune “Sergeant Flynn”
I am a Seventh Cavalry officer. I commanded in that most famous of American units, and my regimental affiliation and affections will always be with the men who wear the upturned horseshoe crest of that regiment. As a historian, and as perhaps the de facto regimental historian (since there is no such thing as a de jure position for this function), I am also very well acquainted with our legacy. The Seventh Cavalry was created to man the outposts of the frontiers in the wake of the Civil War, and to fight against the warrior cultures of the Native American tribes as need be. But in doing so they were not then, and are not now, warriors themselves. The men of the 7th Cavalry were and are soldiers. There is a significant difference between the two.

Read the rest of the article here.

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September 22, 2008 - Posted by | Current Events, leadership

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