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Veterans Day Etiquette

Andrew’s Note:  Today we take a step back from discussing preparedness and feature an article on Veterans Day Etiquette that I wrote several years ago.  Republishing this article has become an annual event here at Prepography in order to honor those who understand that selfless service is required to keep our Nation free.  Veteran’s Day freebies from retailers are nice but a heartfelt word of appreciation or recognition from our fellow citizens certainly means more to us.  Happy Veterans Day! For the first sixteen years of my military career there was little need for a primer on Veterans Day etiquette as there was little public recognition of the day other than a few restaurants that thanked our Nation’s Veterans with a free meal and a Federal holiday.  All that changed in September 2001… since that time there’s been a renewed gratefulness from the U.S. population towards its current and former military service members.  That gratitude has played out in many ways and one of those ways is by a renewed interest in Veterans Day. Before we explain Veterans Day etiquette, let’s look at the history of Veterans Day History of Veterans Day Unlike Memorial Day which honors our war dead, Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor our living veterans.  The timing of Veterans Day grew out of Armistice Day from World War I.  Although the peace treaty wasn’t signed until June 28th 1919 the armistice went into effect the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (1918).  This armistice was the end of the over-optimistically named ‘war to end all wars.’  President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the  first “Veterans Day Proclamation”  in 1954 at the urging of Congress to officially expand the observance of Armistice Day into Veterans Day.  You can read more about the history of Veterans Day at History of Veterans Day –...

Gender Equality Battle Even Feminists Don’t Want To Fight

One of my daughters reminded me recently that even with all the strides women have taken towards gender equality in opportunities and benefits, there’s one gender equality battle that even the most die-hard feminists don’t seem to want to fight and that’s for the obligations of registering for Selective Service, our military draft. Beside a picture of a woman improperly wearing the Army Combat Uniform (ACU) the Selective Service program offers this explanation: Women Aren’t Required to Register Here’s why: THE LAW Selective Service law as it’s written now refers specifically to “male persons” in stating who must register and who would be drafted. For women to be required to register with Selective Service, Congress would have to amend the law. THE SUPREME COURT The constitutionality of excluding women was tested in the courts. A Supreme Court decision in 1981, Rostker v. Goldberg, held that registering only men did not violate the due process clause of the Constitution. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE  Following a unanimous recommendation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced, on January 24, 2013, the end of the direct ground combat exclusion rule for female service members. The service branches continue to move forward with a plan to eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service. Ongoing project is still underway. The Selective Service System, if given the mission and modest additional resources, is capable of registering and drafting women with its existing infrastructure. While the Selective Service tells us why we don’t require women to register for the draft it doesn’t give us any insight into why this battle for gender equality isn’t being fought. Even as the Army graduates the first women from the Special Operations capable Ranger Course and the Marines conclude their year long evaluation of posting women to infantry units women have never had more opportunities in the U.S. military...

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Forty years ago today, Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam fell to communist forces more than a year after the withdrawal of the last U.S. combat troops.  The butcher’s bill from U.S involvement in Vietnam was tremendous and we honor those sacrifices at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Let’s pray that our Nation’s leaders carefully consider our National goals and interests prior to committing combat troops and once combat forces are committed that we keep the politicians out of their way and let our men and women in uniform crush our enemies and win the peace. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Today in Texas They Celebrate An American Story, An American Hero

Today, Texas celebrates Chris Kyle day as declared by Texas Governor Greg Abbott…of course in the rest of the U.S. it’s just Monday… If you aren’t familiar with the story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, check out the links below…his was a hell of a story… a historical story, a military story, a family story, a human story…an American story… Book Review: American Sniper by Chris Kyle Book Review: American Gun by Chris Kyle The Short Answer On The “Debate” about the movie, “American Sniper” Kyle on Patriotism – Quote Kyle On World Improvement – Quote Kyle on Rules of Engagement – Quote Kyle on Iraqi WMD – Quote A video of Chris Kyle’s memorial service is available. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Veterans Day Etiquette

Andrew’s Note:  Today we take a step back from discussing preparedness and feature an article on Veterans Day Etiquette that I wrote several years ago.  Republishing this article has become an annual event here at Prepography in order to honor those who understand that selfless service is required to keep our Nation free.  Veteran’s Day freebies from retailers are nice but a heartfelt word of appreciation or recognition from our fellow citizens certainly means more to us.  Happy Veterans Day! For the first sixteen years of my military career there was little need for a primer on Veterans Day etiquette as there was little public recognition of the day other than a few restaurants that thanked our Nation’s Veterans with a free meal and a Federal holiday.  All that changed in September 2001… since that time there’s been a renewed gratefulness from the U.S. population towards its current and former military service members.  That gratitude has played out in many ways and one of those ways is by a renewed interest in Veterans Day. Before we explain Veterans Day etiquette, let’s look at the history of Veterans Day History of Veterans Day Unlike Memorial Day which honors our war dead, Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor our living veterans.  The timing of Veterans Day grew out of Armistice Day from World War I.  Although the peace treaty wasn’t signed until June 28th 1919 the armistice went into effect the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (1918).  This armistice was the end of the over-optimistically named ‘war to end all wars.’  President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the  first “Veterans Day Proclamation”  in 1954 at the urging of Congress to officially expand the observance of Armistice Day into Veterans Day.  You can read more about the history of Veterans Day at History of Veterans Day –...

Ballad of the Green Berets

Ballad of the Green Berets By SSG Barry Sadler Fighting soldiers from the sky Fearless men who jump and die Men who mean just what they say The brave men of the Green Beret Silver wings upon their chest These are men, America’s best One hundred men we’ll test today But only three win the Green Beret Trained to live, off nature’s land Trained in combat, hand to hand Men who fight by night and day Courage deep, from the Green Beret Silver wings upon their chest These are men, America’s best One hundred men we’ll test today But only three win the Green Beret Back at home a young wife waits Her Green Beret has met his fate He has died for those oppressed Leaving her this last request Put silver wings on my son’s chest Make him one of America’s best He’ll be a man they’ll test one day Have him win the Green Beret FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Shot Multiple Times – Today’s Quote

“I don’t think anybody would argue that shot placement is the most important for terminal ballistics,” Langdon said. “Even though you say a .45 is better than a 9mm, it’s still a pistol caliber. Chances are if it is a determined adversary, they are going to have to be shot multiple times regardless of the caliber.” Many law-enforcement shooting incidents have shown this to be reality, he said. “I talked to a Chicago cop that shot a guy eight times with a .45 to kill him and that was a 230 grain Hydra-Shok,” Langdon said. “And that guy now carries a 9mm …he realized that handgun bullets suck. “You have to shoot people a lot with a handgun.” via Army wants a harder-hitting pistol | Fox News Andrew’s Note:  The U.S. Army adopted the .45 Caliber M1911 pistol on March 29, 1911 as the calibers in use previously were unable to stop the fierce Moro warriors of Mindanao Island in the Philippines.  The Moro were Muslim Philippine separatists fighting for a way of life that included slavery.  I wonder what our plans are for NATO interoperability once we adopt a round more robust than the 9mm.  I sure won’t miss that piece of crap M9 Beretta pistols though! FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Our Most High Tech Weapon – Today’s Quote

All those progressive socialist experts say we don’t need a big military.  We can use our technology.  To that I will respond that the most highly technical weapon on the battlefield is the individual well-trained warrior…  We have been down this road before in America, as history does indeed repeat itself for those who fail to learn from it. Former U.S. Representative and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Allen West via ‘Two Mental Leprechauns’ Andrew’s Note:  Colonel West is worth listening to as he is a well-trained warrior and has been tested in battle as a combat commander. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Strategy Without Information – Today’s Quote

Strategy, without information upon which it can rely, is helpless. Major General William (Wild Bill) Donovan of the Office of Strategic Services FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

The Soldier’s Ethic – Today’s Quote

The warrior may fight for gold or for an immediate gain, or for something to take home for the winter to feed the family.  The soldier is part of a more complex society.  He’s fighting for a group ethic… C. J. Cherryh FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

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