Seventeen US soldiers from a Colorado military base who mostly served in Iraq have been linked to violent killings and attempted killings since their return to US soil. Three of them came from one platoon - highlighting how a generation of American soldiers are struggling to cope with life after military service.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Look, everyone who served in either 'Raq or 'Ghanners' went through similair combat stress. The difference is in the selection, training and leadership of troops. I hate to beat up on the Yanks, but frankly, the average US soldier is almost unfit to be a US soldier.
A very high proportion of them are relatively uneducated country boys, or from small towns, for whom the military is the only option, and who have never or rarely been outside their own state. Having no experience or appreciation of other cultures, and not having this understanding taught to them in basic training, they tend to see any non-American (especially non-Christian) as a sub-culture, with predictable results. Growing up in small-town America these days, even with worldwide communications, is a very blinkered, jingoistic childhood.
One of the many benefits in the UK of living in a multi-cultural environment is that even without foreign travel we have a far better understanding and appreciation of other races, religeons and creeds. Add to that our natural British politeness and the far better cultural training the British military receive before posting, and it's easy to understand why British Combat Units tend to get on far better with the locals than the 'Septics'.
The reason the US send sub-standard soldiers into combat zones is that they need the numbers. No wonder that these boys suffer so much from PTSD, resulting in their inability to cope when back in the US.