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Philosophy on Soldiering


This is taken from the book About Face:The Odyssey of an American Warrior. The author is Col. David "Hack" Hackworth, one of the most decorated soldiers in the history of the United States. He served in post-WWII Europe in Trieste, spent two tours in Korea during the Korean War, was on the line in Germany during the Cold War, and fought in Viet Nam. He was described by many as a "soldier's soldier." Unfortunately, Hack passed away in May of 2005 due to cancer, possibly caused by Agent Blue, one of the defoilants like Agent Orange used in Viet Nam.

This basic philosophy of soldiering comes from one of Hack's commanders, Col. Glover S. Johns, whom Hack described as the finest senior infantry commander Hack had ever seen. Hack took these bullets from Col Johns' farewell speech. These are taken verbatim from Hack's book because I doubt I could write them any better. Most of these fit in with my own views of leadership from my four years at The Citadel and from my four years of active duty with the US Air Force. They also fit with many of the tenets my father taught me as I was growing up. He is a retired Marine GySgt and spent most of his career leading others in the NCO and staff NCO ranks. The profanity one I'd toss aside, but the rest definitely make up a great philosophy. This philosophy doesn't just apply to the military. It applies to leadership in any arena.

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