Thursday, May 7, 2009
'If you ain't cheating you ain't trying'
There is a saying in the Army that goes like this....
'If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying'.
This saying gets said a lot. Especially when a unit is deployed on a training mission and supplies run short.
One of the lights in our tent went out the other day, and a Private was told to go "acquire" another one from somewhere. Well about an hour later the Private came back with another light.
We asked where he got it and he replied, 'Well Sgt, if you ain't cheating you ain't trying'. Everybody laughed it off, including yours truly.
Well I got to thinking about a comment that my man Rippa left on my previous post. He left a comment that basically said that there is a double standard when it comes to soldiers and their behavior.
I did not take offense to his comment because Rippa is my man. But I still felt the need to defend my beloved fraternity. I replied back to Rippa saying that soldiers and cops should be held to the same standard, but we are not. Well after I got to thinking about the Private "acquiring" the light we needed, I....
Well I have to admit that Rippa has a very valid point.
There are a lot of soldiers that have a superman complex. There are a lot of soldiers that have a 'my way is the only way' mentality.
There is a lot of machoism and "strongman" complexes in the military.
This leads to a problem.
The problem is that some soldiers feel that they cannot be touched due to the training we receive. We are trained constantly in weapons proficiency,physical fitness and hand to hand combat. We are trained on how to survive out in the bush with nothing but a knife and a clean pair of draws.
All this training that we receive leads to a competitive bad-ass attitude that most soldiers, including yours truly, have.
This is why there is a rise in the military of females getting raped. This is why civilians get killed and mistreated.
The same goes with the Police. The Police are trained basically the same way we are.
We both have a lot of power that is way too much for some people to handle.
I like to think that I am in control of my 'superman' complex, but sometimes it does come to the surface.
I find myself doing everything I know how to do to win, no matter what I have to do, in whatever I am doing. If I know that you have a weakness that will give me an advantage, then your weakness will get exploited. If I have to bite, twist nuts or gouge eyes, then you will have my teeth marks, a set of sore nuts, and you will be visiting your eye doctor.
A couple of female Sgts in my unit told me that I have a very competitive nature when it comes to any type of contest. They called me a gambler, but I am not.
I just cannot pronounce the word "loser".
I will play until I am satisfied with my performance. If it takes a week for me to beat your ass, then we will be fighting a week.
I don't know if that is due to my military background or if I have always been like this, but it is what it is.
This is the problem with organizations like mine that give an individual a lot of power they have never had before.
Power is addictive. You want more and more of it.
Some people can handle it, some cannot.
I like to think I am one of the many that can handle it.
At least I have handled it pretty good so far.