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That is quite a hard statement and probably even shocking for most of my beloved readers… But let me give you some reasons for that personal belief of mine.
1. An army as an institution is not about making war. That is a totally wrong concept. In the first line it is about protection, for safety is the second basic need according to the well known Maslow`s hierarchy of needs.
2. Despite of the cultural diversity, it is very common in many countries that the education of boys is mostly being done by women (home and school). If a boy has a father living in a family (which is even not always the case! ), he sees the father far too seldom. Thus the male role model is often missing. In the army they have enough male educators.
3. They say, boys start a good friendship with a good fight. Boys are not that good with soft skills of socializing like girls. Boys need leadership and discipline probably more that women.
4. An army (in its ideal form, not any particular one) gives a feeling for order which is missing a lot in a civil life. One understands “the rules of the game”, learns to act fast and react appropriately in a crisis situation. One is mobile and strong. All the hardship of the army service is a really good life school.
5. And finally, it is pretty easy to identify a person who has done the army service once – an experienced officer can find it out in 5 min.! There is something about having tasted the soldier porridge…
Serving in the army differs from country to country, some have a contract system, some have it obligatory for the male population. I personally feel it is beneficial for every man to have the army experience. On can argue on some horrid facts about the conditions in the most military institutions of the world, but it is not the point here. Men are getting more and more feminine nowadays. Which is not bad if they ADD some feminine qualities like compassion. But unfortunately it looks like they loose their great masculine qualities and gain feminine ones instead, not additionally … which is sad and also quite difficult for women to cope with. A certain unbalance is in the air…
Again, this is my personal feeling and I guess my view can be also easily misinterpreted. However I just want to add that a word “army” is not a mere sound to me. I am a daughter of a Soviet Army colonel, my both grandfathers have been in the Great Patriotic War and my grand-grand father was a colonel of the Tsar-Army. I maself used to work for the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) some years ago. And had many great experiences on personal and professional level with the military people.
P.S. the post is dedicated to my father who is a true noble officer of a high human caliber. If we could have more of his kind, there would be no wars at all.