STAFFRIDE HORSEHOE BEND: REFLECTIVE JOURNALING
Icannot help but imagine the courage and willingness military men andwomen have at the battle front to soldier onwards despite the variouschallenges their campaigns may be facing. I will hereby reflect ontwo sets of objectives that directly inspire military men and womento exercise their patriotism in the battle field.
TOENCOURAGE OFFICERS TO STUDY THEIR PROFESSION THROUGH THE USE OFMILITARY HISTORY.
Ihave witnessed how historical case studies provide army officers withthe opportunity to repeatedly relive and better comprehend thevarious situations that interwove to aid the particular direction acampaign took. The more an instructor in charge of a staff riderevisits a particular site, the more he becomes alert to both theobvious and subtle lessons that can be derived from conducting astaff ride. The enhancement of knowledge on the particular war thattook place at the site directs the officer to conduct more staffrides thus advancing his military education.1
Militaryofficers often share their sense of satisfaction with me as they passforth critical knowledge to young military students. It gives them asense of pride whenever military students hold them in high esteem.This can only be achieved through a continual engagement withactivities listed in course of military history. It does not onlytake an experienced war veteran to offer advice and lessons tostudents. It requires an instructor to constantly upgrade theirskills and deepen their knowledge on military warfare. These set ofskills and knowledge can only be acquired through participation instaff rides that are found in military history.2
TOKINDLE OR REINFORCE AN INTEREST IN THE HERITAGE OF THE U.S. ARMY
Ihave personally come to develop a firmly grounded passion for theknowledge found in military history through staff rides. As amilitary student, I have been sensationalized on several occasions bymy staff ride instructors whenever they invoke the brevity ofsoldiers that fought at particular battle sites.3
Ihave come to appreciate the arduous task retired military menperformed especially during sudden external aggression activities. Astaff ride heightens the understanding and the centrality of the rolemilitary men play in times of war. I am thus more eager and willingto whole heartedly respond to a call to serve without question. Myspirit of patriotism is awakened whenever I am transposed by thestaff rides into the boots of American soldiers who fought in in aparticular battle field.
Adeeper reflection into the psychological effects of a staff ride,presents a peculiar impact upon my mind. I may be quick to develop asense of hate against the enemy that American once fought with. Thisparticular hate may serve no particular required purpose. My heartmay be unnecessarily burdened the continuous hate. I have come toknow that American security precedes its economic development, and ittakes a well-trained military that fully appreciates the objectivesof staff rides. I hence look forward to be an indirect inspiration tofuture military students who shall be in touch with my experience invarious battle fields during their staff rides.4
Kevin P. Kelley. 2013. "RETHINKING PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION." FOREIGN POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE 3-9. https://www.files.ethz.ch/isn/172407/Kelley_and_Johnson-Freese_-_Goal_in_PME_0.pdf.
NEWSMAX. 2011. 9/11 AN INSPIRATION TO YOUNG MILITARY RECRUITS. September 03. Accessed October 27, 2016. http://www.newsmax.com/US/Sept11-Recruits/2011/09/03/id/409662/.
Stover, Darlene Smucny and Merrily. 2013. "Enhancing Teaching and Learning for Active-Duty Military Students." ASA (University of Maryland-University College) Volume 41 (Issue 3): 1-5. Accessed October 26, 2016. http://www.asanet.org/sites/default/files/savvy/footnotes/marchapril13/military_0313.html.
The Heritage Foundation. n.d. Role of a Strong National Defense. Accessed October 27, 2016. index.heritage.org/military/2016/essays/role-of-a-strong-national-defense/.
1 Darlene Stover, Smucny and Merrily. "Enhancing Teaching and Learning for Active-Duty Military Students." ASA (University of Maryland-University College, 2013). Volume 41 (Issue 3): 1-5. Accessed October 26, 2016. http://www.asanet.org/sites/default/files/savvy/footnotes/marchapril13/military_0313.html.http://www.asanet.org/sites/default/files/savvy/footnotes/marchapril13/military_0313.html.
2 Kevin Kelley. "RETHINKING PROFESSIONAL MILITARY EDUCATION." FOREIGN POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE 2013 https://www.files.ethz.ch/isn/172407/Kelley_and_Johnson-Freese_-_Goal_in_PME_0.pdf.
3 The Heritage Foundation. Role of a Strong National Defense. October 27, 2016. index.heritage.org/military/2016/essays/role-of-a-strong-national-defense/.
4 NEWSMAX.9/11 AN INSPIRATION TO YOUNG MILITARY RECRUITS.2011,September 03. http://www.newsmax.com/US/Sept11-Recruits/2011/09/03/id/409662/.