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Chapter | Observed lessons | Discussion | See also

 

Chapter

First part : 3 : 2

Observed lessons

  • Achieve control through consistent training and management.
  • Disciplined troops instil fear in their enemies.
  • Even if they are separated from the main force, disciplined troops will still function effectively.

Discussion

While discipline has its critics, for a fighting force it can be very important, particularly in the way it conditions the soldier to obey, even under fire.

Opposing soldiers do not just see their opponents as faceless 'bad guys'. They assess those on the other side to determine their motivation, skill and discipline. If their opponents seem ready to fight to the death while maintaining a strong discipline, then this can be a very scary prospect that can tip the scales of who may or may not win.

The modern principle of the thinking soldier is not that new: separated troops who are not paralyzed by lack of leadership presence indicates a mature and powerful fighting force.

See also

Alignment principle, Authority principle, Harmony principle

 

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