they do not pressure others who may prefer their own
private thoughts [sic]."
Intellectual concepts alone will not meet the demands of the
battlefield where ultimate questions of purpose, loyalty, guilt, duty,
and death can pull at the consciences of soldiers.
"When the chips are down, there is no rational calculation
in the world capable of causing an individual to lay down
his life. On both the individual and collective levels, war is
therefore primarily an affair of the heart. It is dominated by
such irrational factors as resolution and courage, honor
and duty, [sic] and loyalty and sacrifice of self. When
everything is said and done, none of these have anything to
do with technology, whether primitive or sophisticated."
Determinants of Effective Unit Performance
"All leader actions result in intended and unintended
consequences. In the words of Confederate Colonel
William C. Oats, who faced Colonel Joshua Chamberlain
at Little Round Top:
`Great events sometimes turn on comparatively small affairs.'
It might not seem that the actions of one leader of one small
unit matter in the big picture--but they do."
Three points to remember: think through all decisions, consider the
second and third effects of every decision, and do the duty.
10 May 2005