Thursday, April 16, 2009

A FEW things... (Defining a Soldier x2)

Morning ladiessss! :) I had a rough night of sleep last night (didn't actually hit the hay until 2 AM), then tossing and turning and finally getting out of bed at 10 AM this morning... But the good news is that my neck is better... still sore but definitely better!!!! :) I knew it was just a muscle issue and I really had no desire to deal with the pharmacy and military bureaucracy, when I knew they would only throw medication at me! All is well. :)

Kevin called this am, right at 8 AM as usual! He had bad news about his squad leader position... I tried my best to be supportive and reassuring but I'm not sure that came through while working off only 6 hours of sleep. 6 hours may sound sufficient but I am not your average 23 (almost 24)-year-old. My body requires 8-9 hours to function properly the next day. Well I did the best I could... but I am hoping that Kevin gets the time to call me back so that I can explain this morning's call and offer more support and LOVE! :)

Okie dokie... My blogger-buddy from morethanan(army)Wife left a comment on my Definition of a Soldier post. I definitely respect your position and can see where you are coming from. However, I still beg to differ. You stated that the "National Guard is a segment of big Army and therefore, under your definition, all Guardsmen would be Soldiers." Well which National Guard? The Army National Guard or the Air National Guard? Jeeeze that was argumentative of me- I apologize. Not all Guard members are soldiers. Since the "War on Terror" started the National Guard (which are essentially State Militias whom take orders from their respective Governors) has been "Mobilized" in order to support and fill in the blanks that the Active Duty Army couldn't fill. Those mobilized and essentially now active duty Guard members have preformed amazingly. To deny the differences between enlisting in the National Guard and active duty Army is sort of naive. I'm confused, the Marine Corps originated from the Navy, would that make those enlisted in the Navy, Marines and by the same stretch all those enlisted in the Marines, Seamen or Sailors? No, right? So why does this rule of logic apply only to the Army National Guard? While mobilized your husband is just as much a soldier as mine. While he is not mobilized he is a Weekend Warrior (this is a direct quote from Military.com).

Now, I will admit to being single-minded and "black and white" to an extreme possibly. I don't TRY to be this way it's just the way my mind works. However, when enlisting in the Army National Guard you are not enlisting in the same way, shape or form as the Active Duty Army. One may be a component of the other (just the same as the Navy and Marine Corps) but plain and simply they aren't the same. I can concede that those mobilized are 'soldiers'.. even though I don't like it per say! I guess in my mind it comes down to when you enlist... Either sign up for the ARMY or for the National Guard. They are different... so therefore not SAME-SAME. When a recruit chooses one over the other they are essentially choosing to be a Soldier or a Guardsman/Guard member if we're being P.C. Really if you wanted to be in the Army and be a soldier, why not choose to enlist in the Army versus the Guard? I really tried in this rebuttal to not be as sassy-pants and argumentative as I was in my "US vs. THEM" rebuttal. I hope that shines through.

So, I deleted the original rebuttal but all of what I said is still included- I simply wanted to add more. I went back and re-read my blogger-buddy's comment and my response and I just felt there were some things that I didn't touch on that I really want to. While I understand that the Army Nat'l Guard is a component of the Army there is still differences. One being that the National Guard (as a whole, with both Army and Air) are represented to the Government and Commander in Chief separately from the Army and Air Force, respectively. Now, this is sort of useless because even though the Army Nat'l Guard may have its own and separate representation in Washington doesn't make them any less than the Army (or the Air Force for that matter). This is just simply one example of a difference. The main thing that I wanted to say to (army)wife, is that while a large majority of the Nat'l Guard has been activated/mobilized since the invasions of Iraq/Afghanistan this is the exception and not the rule for the Guard. So I am not speaking simply of today's time, at some point (God Willing) we won't be policing the world and the Guard will then revert back to what it once was. Pointing out the difference, and referring to those in the Guard as "guardsmen" does not diminish their service in anyway... especially when they joined the Guard. I understand your position on this issue and while you and your family has served every bit as that of any family in the Army... think more long term: When times change and members of the Guard go back to "Weekend Warriors" should they then still be entitled to the same title as those who signed up for active duty?

I want to emphasize referring to members of the Guard as Guardsmen does not diminish their service. That is not the purpose of my differentiation in my mind. But when does the Army receive its own and separate recognition without members and family members of other branches invading on it? Believe it or not I don't necessarily disagree with (army)wife... based on the way the Guard is currently being utilized. My position is a generalization of what the Guard vs. the Army once was and will eventually be again... I hope that these last few paragraphs will help to convey and clarify my position. :)

Tootles ladies.

6 comments:

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I'm glad your neck is feeling better!!!

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(army)Wife said...

I'll admit some major nerves were hit with this post and I'm going to wait until tomorrow before I reply directly on my blog because right now I might end up being a bit rude because I think you are seriously misinformed and I've actually posted about a similar topic before. I have some questions though, just to help to clarify some things and to keep my reply informed: Where exactly on Military.com did you get your quote from and what exactly was the quote regarding "Weekend Warriors"? Also, where have you found that says the term "Soldier" refers to Army specifically? Granted, I've only been an army (and yes, ARMY wife because it is called ARMY National Guard) wife for 2 years, but I haven't read anything that spells out Marines are only Marines and Air Force is only Airmen and soldiers are only Army...okay, where does it say that? I'm not asking to be bitchy, I just want to be informed. I looked for your email address, so I could ask you in an email, but I couldn't find one.

silver star said...

First off, I'm glad your neck is feeling better. Second, that's more complicated to answer. I am a wife to what I believe the quote "Weekend Warrior" was referring to, Army Reserves. Like the National Guard, most do one weekend a month, two weeks a year, but they receive the same training, and they can be called up for active duty if needed. Some are full time Reserves, as there is w/the National Guard (like my friend's dad). Third, the term "soldier," I don't know if it's just an Army term, but I wouldn't call everyone in the military a soldier, there are branches of the military that are lesser known, and I would never refer to anyone in Public Health or NOAA as soldiers.

Terra said...

Maybe this might help to clarify?
From dictionary.com

sol⋅dier   /ˈsoʊldʒər/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [sohl-jer]
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–noun 1. a person who serves in an army; a person engaged in military service.

2. an enlisted man or woman, as distinguished from a commissioned officer: the soldiers' mess and the officers' mess.

3. a person of military skill or experience: George Washington was a great soldier.

4. a person who contends or serves in any cause: a soldier of the Lord.

5. Also called button man. Slang. a low-ranking member of a crime organization or syndicate.

6. Entomology. a member of a caste of sexually underdeveloped female ants or termites specialized, as with powerful jaws, to defend the colony from invaders.

7. a brick laid vertically with the narrower long face out. Compare rowlock (def. 2).

8. Informal. a person who avoids work or pretends to work; loafer; malingerer.

–verb (used without object)
9. to act or serve as a soldier.

10. Informal. to loaf while pretending to work; malinger: He was soldiering on the job.

—Verb phrase11. soldier on, to persist steadfastly in one's work; persevere: to soldier on until the work is done.


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Origin:
1250–1300; ME souldiour < OF soudier, so(l)dier, equiv. to soulde pay (< L solidus; see sol 2 ) + -ier -ier 2


Maybe a soldier can also be described as someone that fights for, defends and/or dies for our freedoms? Maybe the term soldier can be loosely defined as any member of the military that is moved into combat to fight against the enemy. When I think of a Soldier--it can anyone from any branch of our military that fights for freedom...just my two cents.

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