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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Army Slogans

I always thought "Be All That You Can Be" was a silly slogan. Yes yes, I know of a few young lads who came back from basic training with much more confidence in themselves and stronger upper bodies. (They also came back disillusioned because of the waste and stupidity of the actual military. And these guys aren't "political" either.) But even so, the army is the one institution that does its best to stamp out all individuality. You are only allowed to be all that you can be so long as this "being" is in strict accordance with your orders.

Anyway, I always thought that was a silly slogan. But the new one is simply Orwellian: "An Army of One." Give me a break! Are you telling me that if I went to boot camp, and started saying, "Why are we doing things this way? It seems to me that it would be much better if we did it this other way, so that's what I'm going to do from now on...", I would be encouraged?

And if it's an Army of One, why do they keep recruiting?

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:42 AM

    Your fucking stupid and apparently you missed the whole meaning of the slogan, without the individual soldier the army is nothing hence the motto an "army of ONE", instead of poking fun maybe you should enlist and see what it's all about for yourself instead of posting half-ass, and poorly thought out garbage such as what I just read.

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  2. Actually, Bob makes a valid point. I don't think he was trying to poke fun at all. His interpretation of the slogan no doubt typifies the response of any number of people, including myself. All the army is trying to do is give youths the impression that they will become war heros per se, obtaining fame and prestige along the way. The purpose of this would be simply to increase the number of enlistments, else why would the army have chosen a slogan so prone to misinterpretation?

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  3. Anonymous6:36 PM

    Bob, Phil you guys better be glad for those recruiting tactics than doing it like they do it in foriegn countries...mandatory service for a minimum of two years...You better be glad it's still an all- volunteer military...

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  4. Anonymous1:07 AM

    look bob, phil and anoymous the truth is that the slogan is now army strong and as a young army private who is actually enlistedi can tell you first hand that if you asked all of the people in my unit including myself why they joined they will not say they joined because of a slogan or what they saw on tv and definatly not to be war heros. the truth is some joined to better their life by bieng able to afford collage and other expenses, some joined for the adventure because i will say basic was one of the most exciting times of my life, or some including myself will say they joined because they just felt an inner calling that just said this is what you want to do with your life

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