Discussion in 'Academy/Military News' started by scoutpilot, Aug 21, 2013.
somehow the article reminds of "the Corps" . . .
Thanks. Now I'm all teary eyed.
See MacArthur's Farewell Address at West Point. The Corps. The Corps, The Corps. I think he said it all. What it means to be an Officer and any member of the military. Duty, Honor, Country.
Death and injury
As the parent of a new cadet I often wondered about this kind of data. As a result I have one observation and a question.
If 94 WP cadets have perished in action since 9/11 and about 12,000 cadets have graduated since that time, then that means about 1% of the cadet population was lost. While every loss is large, the 1% is lower then I would have guessed. Does my math makes sense in general, or is the risk greater than I have estimated?
I also wonder if there are stats on the number of seriously wounded WP cadets during that time?
My point of view. You just have to leave it in the hands of God or Fate. You cant dwell on those things. I have seen young men and women who went the civilian route destroy or lose their lives through drugs, alcohol and accidents. Many others are lost trying to do anything in a troubled economy. You should also not ever even think about the politics of the wars. These fine young men and women ae following a dream of service. The deployed soldiers fight for each other. They take care of each other. It is an honoroble pursuit. You pray, hope and remember that all of them are our heroes.
You cant control them or situations but we can support them.
I am prett sure my class lost more to non war related death. Officer wise, I am also pretty sure more junior company grades were KIA.
God or fate matters more.
I would hope the citizenry pays close attention to the politics of the wars. Oversight and an educated voting public is important to our system of government.
That said, as the individual soldier goes, doing the job and taking care of the people around you is definitely the focus.
good post. Thanks SP.
The real one percent.
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