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"The Sergeant is the Army." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower 1972
"The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war." -- Hyman G. Rickover 1986
"As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational art, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that he's a great military man - I want you to know that." -- General H. Norman Schwarzkoph 1991
"80% of the SAS is Scottish" Staff Sgt. Eddie Stone SAS ret.
If your officer's dead and the sergeants look white,
Remember it's ruin to run from a fight:
So take open order, lie down, and sit tight,
And wait for supports like a soldier.
-- Kipling
"A leader is a dealer in hope." -- Napoleon Bonaparte
"I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast." -- Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman
"If anything, the Nazi-Soviet War of 1941-1945 could be characterized as a drive-by shooting carried out on an industrial scale." -- Leslie Bates
"May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't." -- General George S. Patton.
"We're paratroopers. We're supposed to be surrounded." -- Lt. Richard “Dick” Winters, Easy Company
"War is a matter of vital importance to the State; the province of life or death; the road to survival or ruin. It is mandatory that it be thoroughly studied." -- "The Art of War", Sun Tzu
"When soldiers from any other army, even our allies, entered a town, the people hid in the cellars. When Americans came in, even into German towns, it meant smiles, chocolate bars and C-rations." -- Stephen Ambrose
"Leadership through following the right grunt...It's one more hallmark of a lieutenant who won't get shot by his own men." - Schlockmercenary, 2 Dec 2004
The Five Most Dangerous Phrases in the US Army
  1. A second lieutenant saying "Based on my military experience..."
  2. A sergeant saying "Sir, you really don't want to know..."
  3. A captain saying "You know, I was just thinking..."
  4. A private saying "I learned this in Basic Training..."
  5. A chief warrant officer saying "Watch this shit..."

Your Momma's So Tactical, she low crawls to the mailbox...
"The Army is not an insurance company -- our job is to kill people and blow things up in the name of the US government. This involves some risk."
"The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility." -- Admiral Sir John A. Fisher
"There are those who don't understand military rituals. Some even ridicule them. I feel pity for those people." -- Sergeant Mel Butler, US Army
"...the most expensive thing in the world is a second-best military establishment, good but not good enough to win." -- Robert A. Heinlein, "The Happy Days Ahead" in Expanded Universe
"You will not find it difficult to prove that battles, campaigns, and even wars have been won or lost primarily because of logistics." -- General Dwight D. Eisenhower
"An important difference between a military operation and a surgical operation is that the patient is not tied down. But it is a common fault of generalship to assume that he is." -- Captain Sir Basil H. Liddell Hart
"Killing the enemy's courage is as vital as killing his troops." -- Carl von Clausewitz
"When you have secured an area, don't forget to tell the enemy." -- Ancient military proverb
"kind hearted people might think there was some ingenious way to disarm or defeat an enemy without too much bloodshed, and might imagine this is the true goal of the art of war. Pleasant as it sounds this is a fallacy that must be exposed" -- Clausewitz, On War, page 1
"I fear all I have done is awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve." --Admiral Yamamoto after the bombing of Pearl Harbor
"The quality of the kite matters little. Success depends upon the man who sits in it." -- Baron Manfred Von Richthofen
"Draftees who dodge the draft aren’t necessarily cowards. Muhammad Ali refused to be drafted into the military during the Vietnam War. Did the rich, resourceful then-heavyweight champion run off to Canada? No, he stayed and suffered the consequences of his actions. That’s what adults with backbone do." -- Baldilocks
Q: What should the maximum weight be of a replacement for the M16?
A: About the same. I think they should focus on making a weapon that doesn't jam as much before they concern themselves over trying to make it lighter.
"you know the world is going to Hell when your last "honorable" enemies were the Nazis" -- Uncle Bob
The Army has a saying, "We can't make you do anything, but we can make you wish you had."
To most Iraqis, the Iraqi police and soldiers are now seen as the good guys, and the terrorists as the bad guys. The Americans are a bunch of foreigners who help out the good guys and give out candy to the kids.
"The difference between a republic and an empire is the loyalty of one's army" -- Julius Caesar
God forbid, if something happens to me over here, I do not want to be used by the likes of Phil Hansen in Seattle, Michael Moore, Gary Trudeau, or Ted Koppel, to make their political points against the war, the President, and finally the country, all the while saying "they support the troops". -- A Soldier in Iraq
"You know you are hyperpower when you have a Navy, which has an Army, which has an AirForce. Thank God for redundancy..." -- dvwjr
"I mean, film of A-10s firing their main cannon. There's no "bang" -- it's a low buzz, like the Weed Wacker of God. And not your nice New Testament God, kids. A mean God. And then the plane flies through a smokescreen it just produced. When they dropped retarded bombs, you could actually see the drogues deploy." -- John Nowak
"It is worth remembering too that in the reconstruction of Japan there were no insurgents, no Japanese roadside bombs killing our soldiers. One reason is that the United States had shown, in the clearest possible terms, our willingness to wage total war against our enemies. Our military strategists in Iraq could learn from those who, sixty years ago, decided to spare no means in bringing the Japanese nation to its knees." -- Dr. Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute
"I think it's nothing more than the way the Marines do business. They approach everything ­ from the way they do business in Washington to how they approach a peacetime program objective ­ like it's a combat operation, and it's one of the reasons they are so darned successful." -- U.S. Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine
"...There are only two ways to disarm a bomb: a) violently, by blowing the sucker up, hopefully on purpose, or b) gingerly. If b) doesn't work, see a)." -- Richard Marcinko, Vengence
What's the difference between your battalion's Command Sergeant Major and God?
God has been know to offer forgiveness.
"Call it a character flaw -- when under attack, I counter attack. Always." -- Richard Marcinko
"Decline the attack unless you can make it with advantage." -- Field Marshal Maurice Comte de Saxe, My Reveries, 1757
"The analysts write about war as if it's a ballet...like it's choreographed ahead of time, and when the orchestra strikes up and starts playing, everyone goes out and plays a set piece.
What I always say to folks is, 'Yes it's choreographed, and what happens is the orchestra starts playing and some son of a bitch climbs out of the orchestra pit and starts chasing you around the stage.' And the choreography goes right out the window." -- General Norman H. Schwartzkopf, Feb. 5, 1991, in an interview in the Washington Post.
"It is bad to lack good fortune, but it is a misfortune to lack talent...The fortune of war is on the side of the soldier of talent." -- Field Marshal Alexksandar V. Suvorov (1729 - 1800), Quoted in Ossipov, Suvorov, 1945
"I'd have to say that while Navtag [A Naval Academy computer training tool in use in the early 1980s] couldn't match sitting in the Persian Gulf playing footsie with Iranian F-4's and P-3's, it was frighteningly accurate. All you really needed to add was a pall of cigarette smoke, a lot of stale coffee, no sleep for 24 hours and a fear of dying to be just about there..." -- Matt Ashley
"because as I look around at the state of this nation and see all of the weak little pampered candy-asses that are whining about this or protesting that, I’d be afraid to leave the fate of this nation entirely up to them." -- A US soldier in Iraq stating why he re-enlisted.
cluster fuck (n.) Military term for a situation gone wrong due to multiple inept officers' involvement; cluster referring to the insignia worn by Majors and Lt. Colonels: oak leaf clusters.
"There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change; it is, 'To use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wounds, death, and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time.' " -- General George S. Patton
The M2 .50 cal heavy machine gun: Thumbs way, way up. Ma deuce is still worth her considerable weight in gold. The ultimate fight stopper, puts their dicks in the dirt every time. The most coveted weapon in-theater.
"War is an art and as such is not susceptible of explanation by fixed formula." -- General George Patton
"A bad peace is even worse than war." -- Tacitus
"To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace." -- US President George Washington
"The whole art of war consists in a well-reasoned and extremely circumspect defensive, followed by rapid and audacious attack." -- Napoleon Bonaparte
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." -- Napoleon Bonaparte
"There are some who've forgotten why we have a military. It's not to promote war; it's to be prepared for peace." -- US President Ronald Reagan
"Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive. And don't ever apologize for anything." -- US President Harry Truman
"Without a doubt, psychological warfare has proven its right to a place of dignity in our military arsenal." -- US President Dwight Eisenhower
"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer..." -- General George S. Patton
"Do you know what a soldier is...? He's the chap who makes it possible for civilized folk to despise war." -- Allan Massie, Scottish journalist/novelist
"I do not know the dignity of their birth, but I do know the glory of their death. They died unquestioning, uncomplaining, with faith in their hearts, and on their lips the hope that we could go on to victory. Always for them: Duty, Honor, Country." -- General Douglas MacArthur
"Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you. He is training with minimal food or water, in austere conditions, training day and night. The only thing clean on him is his weapon and he made his web gear. He doesn't worry about what workout to do - his ruck weighs what it weighs, his runs end when the enemy stops chasing him. This True Believer is not concerned about 'how hard it is;' he knows either he wins or dies. He doesn't go home at 17:00, he is home. He knows only The Cause.

Still want to quit?" -- Seen at Fort Irwin


"But think of Korea, of Guadalcanal, of Belleau Wood, of Viet Nam.  The H-bomb did not abolish the infantryman; it made him essential... and he has the toughest job of all and should be honored." -- Robert Heinlein 
The word "martyr" is just another name for "crappy fighter"
There can be no fighter pilots without fighter pilot rituals.
"Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing." -- At the entrance to the old SR-71 operating base Kadena, Japan
"You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3." -- Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)
Q: How much does the M-16A1 Rifle weigh?
A: About 7lbs, plus 1lb per 2 miles marched.
"The gates of Auschwitz were not opened with peace talks. Holland was not liberated by peacekeepers and fascism was not defeated with a deft pen." -- Rick Mercer
"The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth." -- Stonewall Jackson
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." -- General George S. Patton
"The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable." -- The Art of War
"They were likewise taught not to cut but to thrust with their swords. For the Romans not only made a jest of those who fought with the edge of that weapon, but always found them an easy conquest. A stroke with the edges, though made with ever so much force, seldom kills, as the vital parts of the body are defended both by the bones and armor. On the contrary, a stab, though it penetrates but two inches, is generally fatal. Besides in the attitude of striking, it is impossible to avoid exposing the right arm and side; but on the other hand, the body is covered while a thrust is given, and the adversary receives the point before he sees the sword. This was the method of fighting principally used by the Romans, and their reason for exercising recruits with arms of such a weight at first was, that when they came to carry the common ones so much lighter, the greater difference might enable them to act with greater security and alacrity in time of action." -- Flavius Vegetius Renatus, De Re Militari Book I: The Selection and Training of New Levies, 390 A.D
"If you are going to war, you gotta go Roman." -- Dennis Miller
"Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable." -- General George S. Patton
"Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood." -- General George S. Patton
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.
One died for your soul, and the other for your freedom.
The easy way to tell the true power of an army is to see how much authority and power it gives to its sergeants. The more they are trusted and the more authority they have, the better the army and the more dangerous it will be in war.
"We do what we do because we are who we are. Soldiers and Professionals. Things that drive us are pretty much a mystery to a post-modern world which has embraced Positive Thinking and Self-Esteem and Transnational Progressivism and the idea that hurting someone's feelings is legally actionable. In a world where everyone is just a misunderstood unique snowflake (umm, except of course for those awful bad conservative throwbacks) we're about as out of place is as a turd in a punchbowl." -- SapperSgt
"[The] Harpoon was designed without a government contract or specification, and so it is apparently a very fine missile indeed." -- John Nowak
"The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy." -- Karl Von Clausewitz
"I talk at high schools. I go to children's hospitals. I try to stay as involved as I can with young people, because they are the ones that count." -- R. Lee Ermey
"You win battles by knowing the enemy's timing, and using a timing which the enemy does not expect." -- Miyamoto Musashi
"Always do everything you ask of those you command." -- General George S. Patton, Jr.
"The worst enemy of the British Armed Forces is the British politician." -- Leslie Bates
"I flung my only-one-per-customer body out of reasonably serviceable USAF aircraft (and one USMC OV-10 Bronco) quite a few times..." -- John Groth
"There's never such a thing as too much ammo. There's only too much ammo to carry." -- Bandit Six
"Rule 11: Everyting is air-droppable at least once." -- Schlock Mercenary
Today's fun brought to you by the letters USMC and the numbers 155.
"I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight." -- General George S. Patton Jr.
"We're fighter pilots, Bert. Maturity isn't in the job description." -- First Lieutenant Ken "Barbie" Dahl, USAF
"You're not here to survive. You're here to Lead." -- Navy SEALs Instructor, Hell Week
"If something goes wrong with the aircraft, remember: you can't pull over on a cloud." -- a former U.S. Army Helicopter Crewchief
"The United States started to go downhill when its military changed from a round designed to kill the enemies of America to one designed to piss them off." -- John Ringo
"You can never have too much ammunition or toilet paper." -- Mysterion
A veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. That is beyond honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact.

Here is to all our heroes who fought and are fighting for our freedom. Thank you and God Bless you all.


A mine is a terrible thing that waits.
"Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war." -- Thucydides  
"Teamwork is essential, it gives the enemy somebody else to shoot at." -- Murphy's 15th Law of Combat  
"The 'eathen in 'is blindness must end where 'e began. But the backbone of the Army is the non-commissioned man!" -- Rudyard Kipling
"The only thing the French should host is an invasion."
Take of your gear, and your gear will take care you. The one time you are careless, is the time it will kill you.
"Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war." -- Thucydides
"Teamwork is essential, it gives the enemy somebody else to shoot at." —- Murphy's 15th Law of Combat
"The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls the chaos, both his own and the enemy's." -- Napoleon Bonaparte
"We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem." -- Chesty Puller, USMC
"It never paid to underestimate the Fritz tactically, either; Germans tended to fight by the book, but the one they used was excellent." -- Marching Through Georgia
"If you're not catching flak, you're not over the target."
"South Vietnam did not fall to insurgents in the jungles, but to a modern armored army employing ten thousand trucks and twenty-five hundred armored fighting vehicles; and while North Vietnam was not always a sanctuary - the 1972 offensive triggered massive bombardment of the North by the United States - China and the Soviet Union always were sanctuaries, and none of the North Vietnamese war materiel was manufactured in North Vietnam." -- Go Tell The Spartans by Dr. Jerry Pournelle and S.M. Stirling
"In the long run, luck is given only to the efficient." —- Helmuth von Moltke
"Most poeple think that all it takes [to be a soldier] is two hands, two feet and stupid mind. Maybe so, for cannon fodder. Possibly that was all that Julius Caesar required. But a private soldier today is a specialist so highly skilled he would rank a master in any other trade." -- Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers.
"When life gives you lemons make napalm."
Maxim 47: "Don't expect the enemy to cooperate in the creation of your dream engagement."
"Once you send the troops in, you have no choice but to give them what they need until you bring them home." -- Dr. Jerry Pournelle
"Watch your fucking back blast, asshole" -- Sun Tzu
There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy." -- George Washington
I fucking love the Army, and the Army loves fucking me.
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