Saturday, July 17, 2010

So Train Your Men And Yourselves

"In the heat of battle you don't remember very much. You don't think very fast; you act by instinct, which is really training. In battle, if you’re trained for it, you won’t change. You won’t do better and you won’t do worse; you’ll do just about what you do in actual training.

Consequently both you and your people have got to be trained. You’ve got to know what you’re going to do in any circumstances without stopping to think about it, and you’ve got to know what they’re going to do. You’ve got to expect exactly the performance in battle you’d get on a drill – no better; no worse. So train your men and yourselves. That’s what wins battles!”

Commodore Arleigh Burke
Commander, Destroyer Squadron TWENTY THREE

From Admiral John C. Harvey
Commander Fleet Forces Command
Personnel Serial 05

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