Today, we’re going to cover the eleventh lesson I learned from the book Starship Troopers. This is the eleventh lesson in the 17-lesson mini-series. If you haven’t read the previous post yet, please do so right now and try to follow it in order.
Lesson # 11: The Infantry does not fight alone!
Quote: “In the mass wars of the XXth century it sometimes took 70,000 men (fact!) to enable 10,000 to fight.”
My Take: The infantry does not fight alone. Ask any infantryman that question and they would probably disagree. But the truth is, for every infantryman on the battlefield, there are typically at least FIVE, SIX and up to 10 or MORE Soldiers supporting them, and usually more than that. This includes the cooks, finance folks, mechanics, communication people, ordnance, lawyers, aviators, engineers, artillerymen and so forth.
The Army is a big organization. If you look in any Army Division, you will quickly discover that 50 to 70% of the division is non-infantry folks. Plus, you have all the other “non-division” support folks who have some type of support role.
You see, the Army is a team effort. And even though there is an “I” in infantry, there is no “I” in team. So whether you are Infantry Soldier or not, you have an IMPORTANT role in the team and in the mission of the today’s Army. Don’t let people bully you and tell you that you aren’t a real Soldier because you are not infantry. That simply isn’t true.
What are your thoughts? Leave a comment and let me know.