Reasonable Justice…

“Men demand a reasonable degree of justice. They expect a leader to be fair and understanding. A single act of glaring injustice will injure his prestige and influence. Men must trust their leader in order to follow him.” “The Human Element in War,” by Major‐General Charles P. Summerall, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army,… Read More

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Mutual Gain…

“If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive; and unless submissive, they will be practically useless. If, when the soldiers have become attached to you, punishments are not enforced, they will still be useless.Therefore soldiers must be treated in the first instance with humanity, but kept under… Read More

Skilful & Resolute…

“Our success over our enemies will depend upon the degree of development of certain essentials of military personnel: 1. Skillful and resolute leadership. 2. A high morale. 3. Well organized and disciplined troops. If we have the first of these three we are bound to have the last two.” General Alexander M. Patch (1889 to… Read More

Obligations

“Discipline can only be obtained when all the officers are imbued with the sense of their awful obligation to their men and to their country that they cannot tolerate negligence. Officers who fail to correct errors or to praise excellence are valueless in peace and dangerous misfits in war.” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to… Read More

Mutual Loyalty…

“Discipline must be imposed, but loyalty must be earned – yet the highest form of discipline exists only where there is mutual loyalty, up and down.” Aubrey Newman (1903 to 1994) Major General Aubrey Strode “Red” Newman (1903–1994) served in the US Army for 34 years. Newman commanded the 34th Infantry Regiment of the 24th… Read More

Great & Small Discipline…

“You cannot be disciplined in great things and undisciplined in small things. There is only one sort of discipline – perfect discipline. Discipline is based on:- Pride in the profession of arms.Meticulous attention to detail.Mutual Respect and Confidence. Discipline can only be obtained when leaders are as imbued with the sense of their lawful obligations… Read More

Type of Discipline…

“It ought now to be obvious that the best type of discipline will evolve from the following circumstances: (1) When the leader knows the individuals who make up his group. (2) When the individuals who make up the group know the leader. (3) When the leader identifies himself with the group in every possible way.… Read More