Posted by: Jacqui Murray | October 26, 2009

Besides Victory, What Else is Good About Combat?


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Military academies are highly-competitive, highly-selective schools that train students not just in academics, but leadership, physical, morals, communication. They have small class sizes, lots of instructor involvement, aggressive standards and a no-nonsense approach to learning. In short, the entire list of skills that are essential to succeeding no matter the career you select. That’s why ex-military  individuals are often sought-after by employers.

that’s why President John F. Kennedy once said:

A young man who does not have what it takes

to perform military service is not likely to have

what it takes to make a living.

Sound like an urban myth? Maybe it’s what’s said but you don’t believe it? Read on.

Combat’s positive effects examined

WARDAK, Afghanistan — Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Frikken says three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have robbed him of precious time with his family, but have also changed him — in some ways for the better.

A sense of personal strength, appreciation for life and love of family have all been enhanced, says Frikken, 39, who directs artillery fire for 10th Mountain Division troops fighting here. “I will never be the same person I was before my combat experiences,” he says.

What happens to soldiers like Frikken has led Army leaders to develop a resiliency program that urges GIs to look inward and discover how combat may have made them emotionally stronger.

Research appears to show that many people can emerge from traumatic experiences with greater self-confidence, a keener sense of compassion and appreciation for life, says Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum, director of the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program. Cornum and other experts call this concept post-traumatic growth. (more)


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