Military Mindsets Nov 14, 2016 9:36:44 GMT -5
Post by benteeneast on Nov 14, 2016 9:36:44 GMT -5
Out of a tank commander manual from WWII I'm studying. This is discussing what the military is looking for good tank (read cavalry) leaders:
"The qualities required are (a) speed of sight, thought and action. This is innate and no amount of training will produce it. Officers and NCOs may be keen, courageous, determined, hard working and intelligent, but until they have these qualities of speed, they are useless in tanks. Age dulls speed and the younger the better..."
Applicable to the study and judgment of our 7th Cavalry leaders at LBH?
My response: This is exactly the type of "cavalry" (or unconventional) mindset the military looks for in developing good Cavalry/Mobile commanders. You will note that these qualities (speed of sight, thought and action) are "innate and no amount of training [or experience] will produce it." I would also add in the willingness to accept greater risk (ie. audacity) in order to achieve greater results. Those who don't have these "innate" qualities would be a better fit for the Infantry or other branches, imo.
What Clair is talking about could be said even more about pilots. Tanks are so much slower than jets as compared to the difference between foot and horse soldiers. What Clair is talking about are those innate qualities that are individual. No everyone can be a jet pilot and that has nothing to with a military mindset developed from training and/or experience.
Not everyone can be in special forces there are innate qualities that are sorted out before investing the time for training and development of experience.
I am sure the Marine Corps selects the best available Marines for their armor and aircraft units. I am also sure that Recon has innate qualities that scare the hell out of the pilot flying them on missions.
There was nothing demonstrated on the LBH battlefield regarding speed of thought that the Indians didn't outmaneuver the soldiers.
So given the innate qualities and military mindsets it would appear the Indians exhibited both to the degree that they won. They lacked formal training but apparently made up for it with experience.