Military Review English Edition September-October 2014 - Page 92

U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Joshua Edwards, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment or reconciling warring tribes, may find themselves in a cube all day re-formatting PowerPoint slides, preparing quarterly training briefs, or assigned an ever-expanding array of clerical duties….The consequences of this terrify me.3 While Gates may have been referring mainly to potential issues related to retaining proven warriors that find themselves in an unchallenging and boring peacetime environment, it is the loss of the warrior spirit that these leaders shared within the Army that is the greatest cause for concern. U.S. Army 1st Lt. Joseph Brockbank (middle), 4th Squadron, Combined Task Force Dragoon, walks with a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police after engaging with local village elders 16 December 2013, at Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Photo by Master Sgt. Kap Kim, Combined Joint Task Force-10 PAO The Warrior Spirit and the Warrior Ethos Retired Master Sgt. Christopher Corbin, a wounded warrior with Troops First, takes a last look around before departing Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, 10 July 2014. 90 To properly define the warrior spirit it is necessary to break the term apart and define its individual components. Warrior is a term synonymous with soldier in contemporary times. Military professionals are comfortable with this definition of warrior while spirit may be defined in several different ways. The Google definition of spirit is “the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character.”4 A further definition of spirit is “the principle of conscious life.”5 Combining these two definitions provides an understanding of spirit as the nonphysical principle that guides emotions and character. When packaging these two individual components of the warrior spirit, the definition produced is as follows: a soldier guided by nonphysical principles of emotions and character. The nonphysical principles alluded to, embodied in the Army’s September-October 2014  MILITARY REVIEW