Eight Ball Soldier…

“Platoon Leader: ‘As a green second lieutenant, I got the impression somewhere that the rough, tough individuals (usually the troublemakers in the company) would necessarily be hot shots in combat … A lot of eight balls were tolerated for that reason … and the truth of the matter is … your best soldiers in garrison will invariably make your best combat men … Impress that upon your junior leaders …’”

Extracts from Combat Lessons (World War II Combat Reports) and Combat Report from Korea, [US Army] Infantry, Vol.50, No.2, February‐March 1960.

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