Military Review English Edition November-December 2015 - Page 127

MORTALITY NARRATIVE the fallacy. He said only good soldiers die; the enemy cannot kill a bad soldier.8 There is a morbid principle here. After the first “good soldier” dies, his or her comrades quickly lose their sense of invincibility. Wellintentioned rhetoric tying skill or obedience to one’s chances of survival can lead to cynicism among those who witness its falsehood. The second theme proposes that medi(The Storming of Ft Wagner, lithograph, Kurz and Allison, circa 1890) cal science can rebuild The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was one of the first official black Union Army units wounded, injured, or sick formed during the U.S. Civil War. The regiment gained national and international attention when, on 18 July soldiers. It extols the qual- 1863, it spearheaded an assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, taking heavy casualties. The unit had among its ranks many former slaves. Its battlefield valor at Fort Wagner and elsewhere established a precedent and ity of U.S. battlefield trau- legacy for recruitment of additional black units to fight slavery and preserve the Union. ma care and the confidence that it can provide. To Rise Again The U.S. military’s medical evacuation and treatment The second and third immortality narratives—ressystem is truly unparalleled. According to the U.S. urrection and the soul—are suitable for combination Army Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, the medical into a single discussion. Both are central doctrines for evacuation survival rate in Afghanistan in 2012 was most religions, and each promises a continuation of life 92 percent.9 This achievement through the disciplined in some far future or other realm of existence.10 The application of science and technology is phenomenal, religious contex و\