Recently, a syndicated Task & Purpose article on Army leadership received some buzz, partly because of its eye-catching title and partly because many agreed with its thesis. The author’s main point is that the Army focuses too narrowly on unimportant details as a way to lead instead of taking in the broader character of the soldier in order to lead him. Under the pseudonym CombatCavScout, the author writes:
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
As we veterans leave the service after a decade of war winds down, we struggle with questions about our future. What makes us marketable in the civilian world? In response, many of us are turning to college to obtain that marketability.
Ever since the combat exclusion policy was overturned in 2013, the integration of women into combat arms has been met with everything from support to uproar. Last week’s article here on Task & Purpose pointed to the deep anxiety surrounding this change, as being cultural, rather than any real physical or mental limitation on the part of women. This resulted in a myriad of comments ranging from the cynical to the ridiculous and all of which pointed to the emotion and misperceptions surrounding this issue.
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Here at Task & Purpose, our aim is to offer an outlet for well-written analysis and commentary on veterans and greater military affairs. We firmly believe in the ethos that “our world views shrink as we see the same people talking about the same topics, again and again.”