Why Is Military Force Important?
The American People’s hatred for the military, and the US Military in particular, are well founded. We are the greatest single generation ever to fight and win wars. The military that we have built is the greatest force ever assembled by any nation in history. Yet, many of those same people who are so proud of their military, wish that it was better funded, and had more people.
That is to say that they would prefer that the military force is made up of a much smaller number of personnel. I cannot believe that anybody, including our military, wants to reduce our military force to a size where we have less power to do what we are supposed to be doing. It makes no sense. There is absolutely no reason to do it.
Why is our Navy such a weakling? How come we spend so much money on ships and airplanes that aren’t even able to perform as promised. What is wrong with our Air Force? Why are our Army and Marines so weak? Why are our Marines doing such a bad job of protecting us from overseas terrorists? Why are our troops so useless?
These are all valid questions. Why is military important? Because without it there is no police state, no organized national defense, no real deterrence of the use of chemical weapons or nuclear weapons, and no real forward defense against an attack on our country. We must defend our great nation.
Our nation was founded on the blood and sweat of men and women that have given up everything to protect us. We owe it to them. That is the bottom line. But the military spends a lot of money on gear that is not even useful. This leaves our troops short on equipment. It also hampers the ability for our vets to receive the care they need when they need it.
Why Is Military Important?
The larger the military force, the bigger the chance of disaster. Just recently there was an article in the Armed Forces Journal by psychiatrist and military psychologist Dr. Michael Linden that explained this. He stated that the bigger the military force, the smaller the chances are of anyone surviving an attack. For you see, the bigger the force, the larger the number of people you have to protect yourself with. Obviously it is not enough.
Another problem with the size of the military force is that we spend a lot of money on armaments which we do not really need. Of course if we were to attack the enemy with anything other than the best of technology and our military forces, then that would change things. But the reality is that if we are not fighting wars using our most modern technology then who does that apply to? The answer is simple, the people in the United States.
One of the most important factors in maintaining a strong military force is the psychological factor. Many people fear growing up and becoming a part of a military force. This is because they have been taught to believe that they are fighting for their country. And they are, but they are also fighting for their family, for America. It is important for the United States to maintain a healthy fear of military force and what the sacrifices are made through it.
The second reason is the physical aspect. When soldiers are working out in the heat or cold weather, they are being challenged in a variety of ways. They have to withstand extremely high temperatures, extremely low temperatures, and really extreme conditions. They also have to have a lot of physical conditioning. The average soldier has probably spent more time in the weight room than in combat since they may be on leave or retired. A large part of the average military force is active duty or somewhere in between.
Something else to consider is that military personnel are trained for a very specific type of fighting. The fighting style they learn is based on close combat and maneuvering against a superior enemy. These are people who have grown into killing others for a living. Therefore, the psychological aspects are important too.
So, the question remains. Why is military force so important? It has a variety of answers, but the main one is that it provides the physical power required to win wars. That is not to say that it’s the most important thing, although it clearly is one of the most important aspects of being able to win wars.