Discipline or "United We Stand, Divided We Fall"

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By Sgt. John M. Holman, U.S. Army of Occupation

Gablingen, Germany


The Army is an old institution. In this country it dates back to the Washington's time in 1775—76 when the Revolutionary War took place to proclaim our freedom from the British. One particular thing which Washington's Army had in common with our modern Army today is discipline.

This is very important in order to keep our forces organized. A well—disciplined army will always come out the victor in battle. Take a look at Musolini's army in Italy in the last War. When the going got tough, their troops got disorganized, failed to obey orders, and finally decided it was time to surrender. And so it happened with Hitler's Third Reich. His troops got disorganized from the lack of proper discipline and as the proverb goes, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall". The Third Reich fell.

Our American Army is a well—organized fighting force and always will be, with the proper kind of discipline which we have now. The officers in charge of each Army, Corps, Division, Regiment, down to the Platoon and Squad are all experienced, level—headed men and women, whose job it is to keep the men and women under them disciplined as well as informed as to what is going on and thereby gaining the men's and women's cooperation.

From the five—star General down to the "lowly" Private, it is his duty to see that whatever his job is, it will be done properly. With such a fighting force, how can we lose? Remember, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall". We SHALL NOT Fall.

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