Discipline is…

“Discipline is simply the art of making soldiers fear their officers more than the enemy.” Claude-Adrien Helvétius (1715 to 1771) A French philosopher, controversialist, and wealthy host to the Enlightenment group of French thinkers known as Philosophes. He is remembered for his hedonistic emphasis on physical sensation, his attack on the religious foundations of ethics,… Read More


Undisciplined but Promoteable…

“Devah Pager, a sociologist at Harvard University, has tracked the performance of 8,000 former felons who entered the American army after passing a screening process in the years between 2002 and 2009. She finds that the ex-cons were slightly more likely to be undisciplined but were also promoted unusually quickly. Is that just a quirk of military culture?… Read More

Linking Military Service & the Risk of Being Arrested/Convicted of Non/Violent Crimes & Destructive Behaviour

Research Paper Title Altering the Life Course: Military Service and Contact with the Criminal Justice System. Background Using data taken from the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, the researchers examine the relationship between military service and contact with the criminal justice system. Methods & Results Drawing on the life course concept of a turning… Read More


“Anonymity is the most useful tool of cowards.” “Any coward can snipe from behind a bush.” “A coward dies many deaths, the brave just one.” “A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.” Anonymous There are a myriad of ways, both individually and collectively, to interpret the above quotes.… Read More