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Experienced soldiers provide training that can save a life

As the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan continue, I am struck by what a magnificent cadre this country possesses should we ever have to resort to a general mobilization of manpower.

These splendid soldiers have experienced both open maneuver warfare and, close in, house to house, urban battle. Dispensed throughout a larger force, they would provide rock solid leadership.

Some, no doubt, will decry this as espousing militarism; or, war mongering. It is not. It’s a simple statement of fact.

To the army recruit, the sight of a shoulder patch on the right shoulder, campaign ribbons, and, most impressive of all, the combat infantryman’s badge, indicates they are being instructed by someone who has, in the words of the old Civil War soldiers, “seen the elephant.” They realize that listening to this instruction is in their best interest.

Because, what is being taught to them could provide the margin of victory; or even more personally important, prove to be the difference between life and death.

God bless the United States of America and all those who sacrifice to keep it free.

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