All Glory is Fleeting – The Demise of the Warrior Ethos

By Ray Starmann

The current situation in the world can only be described as precarious. ISIS and radical jihadis are wreaking havoc across the globe. Old allies are frustrated with a complete lack of US leadership and old enemies like Russia are on the move.

We’ve gone from the days in 1989, where Ronald Reagan was told, “the world is quiet” during his last days in office, to “the world is on fire.” Coupled with this, is the state of the US military, which is reeling from readiness, budget and social issues. Added to the military’s problems is what I call, “the demise of the warrior ethos” itself inside the US military.

Across the four services: the Army, the Navy, the Air Force and the Marines, the warrior is an endangered species, traversing slowly and cautiously through the hallways of the Pentagon as politically correct social engineer hunters seek to destroy it.

The demise of the warrior ethos really began in the 1990’s with the Clinton Administration. But, the changes that they wished to implement were miniscule compared to the onslaught of social engineering that has taken place under the Obama White House.

The US military has slowly become a corporation that provides cool uniforms, travel and a boatload of benefits.

How many people actually join the military because they love the military and history and want to be warriors? Oh, there are some out there, but the percent is small and getting smaller.

Instead, the military has become some kind of Swedish neighborhood co-op with something for everyone.

With the slow demise of the warrior ethos and Obama’s purge of anyone offering any resistance, the senior ranks of the military are slowly being filled with passive-aggressive feather merchants who walk on eggshells throughout their careers. For many officers, the military is a great way to get a couple free masters or even a PhD. Writing a thesis on “Peacekeeping in the Sinai” is now more important than learning how to lead an armored brigade while it conducts a movement to contact.

The warrior ethos is being replaced by an ethos of political correctness and pandering to cultural Marxists and radical feminists who have but one mission, the destruction of the warrior in the American military.

In the last 20 years the percent of women in the military has grown significantly. But, instead of women adapting to a male culture, the macho warrior culture has been forced to adapt not only to a feminized culture, but to a radical feminist culture. Anyone who doesn’t want to play ball is out-processed with the speed of a hotel power flush.

While women have a role to play in the national defense, the military has become feminized to the detriment of all. Reality is tough to face and the reality is the military has but one purpose, to fight and win the nation’s wars.

Pregnancy simulators and lactation support facilities and sensitivity classes don’t win wars. Warriors win wars.

The military has become so politicized and so pandering to ridiculous agendas, that they’ve destroyed themselves.

Where is a four-star general or admiral who says, “You know what, we’re not implementing any of this nonsense. Stick it.” That general or admiral no longer exists on active duty.

A dangerous situation has been created, where you have radicals who will do whatever it takes to implement their policies and generals and admirals who are so scared of being fired that they will tolerate anything to save their careers.

Even the most hardened tough guys are so smothered by the sea of PC-ness that they must remain silent, or they will be flipping burgers in 24 hours.

The word is out: warriors need not apply.

Ask yourself this question: how long could Patton last in the military now? How long could a Pappy Boyington last in the service now? For those vets from yesteryear ask yourself how long could your favorite top sergeant, gunny, Navy chief or battalion command sergeant major last now? I know mine couldn’t last five minutes. Even more, I know I couldn’t or wouldn’t last five minutes.

So, who’s left? No doubt there are real warriors still out there. But, they’re literally hunkering down, under the withering fire of PC-ness that shells them all day long. Think about it. We have a military whose sole duty is to create warriors to fight and win; which no longer promotes or worships the warrior. The Brotherhood of War has been replaced by the GenderNeutralHood of War.

Can you say imminent cluster?

What is happening to the US military is not only disastrous for national security, but tragic. The warrior ethos, 250 year old traditions and a way of life have been swept aside by a cultural revolution that has been permitted to flourish because not one soul with stars has had the guts to stand up for what is right.

Not one.

What is the future for a military strongly lacking in warriors and a military that doesn’t worship the warrior ethos?

It loses. It loses spectacularly on the battlefield, on the high seas and in the air.

For those warriors on active duty in the shadows, now is not the time to take cover. Now is the time to regain the creed and the philosophy that the military used to live by.

If the warrior ethos is gone, the US military will vanish into thin air as a capable fighting force.

It does indeed appear that in the US military, All Glory is Fleeting…

“For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters, and musicians and strange animals from conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children robed in white stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.”
– Gen. George C. Patton

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