Pew, William Andrews Making a Soldier

ISBN 13: 9780217173742

Making a Soldier

9780217173742: Making a Soldier

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917. Excerpt: ... II DEFINITION OF DISCIPLINE THE meaning of the word discipline will vary with our understanding of what constitutes a soldier and how he is made. If soldier means for us simply a man with a gun, then the process of making a soldier is a simple matter. If we conceive of the finished soldier as one having a confirmed habit of obedience, and disregard all the mental life that lies back of this habitual response, our idea of discipline will still be comparatively limited. The soldier will be one who has the habit of subconscious obedience, and discipline will be the process leading to that condition. This is the historical conception of discipline which underlies our Drill Regulations. Modern learning, however, will not let us rest satisfied with so simple a definition. There is more to a soldier than an habitual type of response to a given signal. There is a soldierly way of thinking, feeling, and willing, as well as of acting. General Schaff's book:--"The Spirit of Old West Point"--shows that the author's idea of a soldier is not limited to the narrow vision of a man with a gun. He sees the beginning and the end of military training, and its effect upon the nation. The cadets sweep by in perfect alignments, the embodiment of physical vigor; the man and the gun are there, but the meaning is more. The martial spectacle not only pleases the author, but its sights and sounds call from hidden depths associations, which awaken deeper and more reverent sentiments of love and veneration for the Academy. To him the cadet picture suggests a list of heroes, who have been giants in his country's cause and honor. He thinks of courage, service, and the fellowship of officers, who, drawing inspiration from the four short years of cadet life, developed into leaders. He rem...

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