A few years ago Kim du Toit wrote an essay titled “The Pussification Of The Western Male”
If anything proves this fact it’s the NEW Army:
Hollywood may have to tone down its portrayal of the military’s screaming, in-your-face boot camp drill sergeant. In today’s Army, shouting is out and a calmer approach to molding young minds is in, says the head of Pentagon personnel. The Army says it has reduced by nearly 7 percent the number of recruits who wash out in the first six to 12 months of military life.
“Part of it is changing the nature of how it treats people in basic training,” David S. Chu, undersecretary for personnel and readiness, said Tuesday.
That means “less shouting at everyone, in essence, which some of you may remember from an earlier generation as being the modus operandi,” he said.
The changes started about a year ago, as defense officials looked for ways to make drillmasters more effective, said Lt. Col. Mike Jones, head of Army National Guard recruiting.
He said the old way was to “talk loud, talk often, get their attention” shock treatment to teach discipline and mold the newly recruited civilian into a soldier.
But trainers found today’s generation responded better to instructors who took “a more counseling” type role, Jones said, using strong tactics when needed but keeping them the exception instead of the rule.
The approach has had two positive results, he said: It has lowered attrition among those who go through training each year and has eased one of the greatest fears of recruits their fear over whether they can make it through basic training.
It’s quite sad to say that a whole generation of men need to have their fears eased about completing boot camp. Those mean ole’ drill instructors were yelling in their face and hurt their poor widdle feelings.
Is this our new generation?
Boot Camp needs to be grueling, it needs to shock the senses because combat will do that 1000 times over. You think the enemy will take a “counseling” attitude toward those they capture? Does someone need to be reminded of Menchaca and Tucker?
Boot Camp is tough to get rid of the weak…..now the weak will survive and live to get other soldiers killed.
This is the new Army.
Hopefully they don’t touch my Marines.