Wednesday, March 4, 2009


One thing that always has been, and probably always will be, true about the armed forces is that there is a certain degree of divisiveness between units, MOS's, branches, services, etc.

Almost every time an 11B (infantryman) meets a 13F (FO) or either of them meet a Cav Scout, or etc, etc., there follows a discussion about which MOS is harder, smarter, easier, or fill-in-the-blank-er. 

Then the same holds true when one soldier meets some soldier from a different company, or a different battalion, division, etc.

And of course there is the age old division between Active Duty and National Guard. I ran into this first hand today and had a heated argument over which of these is more proficient at their duties.

Then any Army person (regardless of MOS, unit, or active/guard status) will of course argue with any Seaman, Airman, etc., about which service has better benefits, richer history, stronger work ethic, etc.

This holds true in civilian life too, with which school you're from, company you've worked for, positions you've held, sports you play, teams you cheer for.

The bottom line is, of course, that it's all the same team. If more people learn to work effectively together, without creating such divisiveness, increased productivity will obviously ensue. As the adage goes, 'Rising waters raise all ships.'