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Peace-time Soldiers

October 30, 2014

Scarcely would anyone associate soldiers with peace…except on a second thought. Yet soldiers are more about peace than war. This is certainly not about the once-popular political soldiering and coup d’etat.

Mankind will always contend, hence the need to defend. But while humans are naturally-occurring, soldiers are not. Soldiers are made. The making of a good soldier is involving and takes years. The soldier has to be physically differentiated, mentally prepared, and also adequately equipped for leadership since soldiering is a team sport.

When men are hurriedly conscripted into the army at war-times, time for, and depth of training is drastically reduced and such soldiers are equally hurriedly discharged after the war…those who survive it. Abraham Lincoln was once so conscripted. He was immediately made a Captain. By the time he was discharged, he had gone all the way to the unhigh rank of a Private! He was not prepared.

So, while soldiers are meant to ensure peace, it takes peace to make a good soldier. (catch 22?)

Like our nations, individual lives also need to contend from time to time to ensure competence, “sovereignty”, and territorial integrity. And just as for soldiering,  we need to prepare  when there is no need!

We need to be in shape physically before a demand is placed on stamina.
We need to develop our competence  before competence will be used for differentiation.
We need to dig a well before we are thirsty,  to plant a seed before we are hungry.
We need to prepare and equip our soldiers even though there is no need!

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5 Comments
  1. jjf permalink

    Your treatise is well presented, thumbs up for you once more. One may however now ask, ‘Who are the soldiers to be groomed for war?’
    You have rightly left us, your readers to make our own conclusions. More feathers to your cap.

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  2. True word, we need to be prepared in advance before opportunity or the need arises.

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  3. Jumoke Akinwale permalink

    Preparation is the mother of manifestation.Thumbs up for you!

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  4. Olagbaju Kolawole permalink

    Hello Lanre,

    I have always enjoyed and learned from your post. It’s been a while I received any newsletter/blog from you, trust all is well. Please read…………… am sure this was prepared in a hurry.

    Regards

    Kola

    Lanre Fatokun’s Blog wrote:

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    • Thanks so so much Sir.

      I read through again and I was dumbfounded by the errors! They were so many! Thanks for pointing them out.

      I have corrected them all.

      I think it was because I did it all on a mobile device.

      Will try to work ahead forthwith.

      Thanks.

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