David Knights' Weblog

November 22, 2019

What makes a “super soldier”?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 10:47 am
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The army has recognized for years that a small percentage of soldiers do a vast majority of the damage to the enemy in combat. These soldier’s effectiveness has an out-sized influence on the outcome of battle.  In battle their bravery borders on suicidal. They attack when any rational person would run and hide.  For years the army has done studies on how to identify, train and ultimately “make” more of its forces into these super soldiers.  So far they’ve been pretty unsuccessful.

As this article makes clear by example, many of these soldier (though not all) are misfits in peacetime.  They don’t fit well in the peacetime army.  They are regularly in trouble and don’t deal well with peacetime regulations.

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