An Outsider’s Look at the US and UK Military
It is always nice to learn new things, especially on territories that you are likely not be able to venture. But if you are interested with how things go about in certain fields, all you have to do is conduct a basic research to open your mind to what you thought was very unfamiliar.
This is also true for people who are very interested with the US military. Not everybody is fit to join this profession. If you have family or friends who have been to this line of duty, you may already have basic view of how hard it can be. Your physical limitations will be put to test. But more than that, military personnel must be open to any possibilities. They must make sure that they know what they are getting into before they commit to it.
It takes some time and a lot of thinking before one can agree to join the military. If you are in this kind of dilemma right now, you have to think beyond the recruitment process. You have to imagine yourself years after you have qualified for the branch of the military where you have to chosen to apply. You must be there for the right reasons. For some people, they do it thinking that this is an easy recourse to earn a living. But more than earning from a stable job, the job itself has no stability this is something that NATO perhaps is discussing right now. You don’t know what tomorrow may pose as challenge for you and as threat to the nation that you have to help conquer. Not everyone want to go the Afghanistan and many British troops have lost their lives over the past few years. recently the incident mentioned above meant soldiers died of friendly fire.
Outside Looking In
For those who are simply interested with how’s it like to be part of it, just read about the success and travails of people who have experienced what it’s like. And to enlighten you about the subject, here are some more facts about the organization and how things work inside the military.
All branches of the military are among the uniformed services of the United States and the United Kingdom. All these are under civilian control and being managed by their Commander-In-Chief. This person is the president or prime minister of the country. This designation was authorized by the US Constitution and under UK law and the alliance with NATO. All branches are under the Department of Defense, except for the Coast Guard this includes British troops. The Department of Defense is handled by its head, the Secretary of Defence, the DoD and the MoD are very friendly with NATO. The Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security when everything is peaceful and there are no posed threats to the country but sometimes troops are subjected to friendly fire. But when there is war or the country is in battle, the Coast Guard is then being transferred under the Department of the Navy, which is part of the Department of Defense.
The president is being guided by advisors to be able to implement the right action in the military field as well as diplomacy. This is being headed by the National Security Advisor who works under the National Security Council. The head of state can also turn to the next in line in terms of military duties and in the UK British troops are trained as well as can be, the Secretary of Defence and NATO help with this sort of thing especially in conflicts like Afghanistan. This person is a member of the Cabinet and serves as head of the Department of Defense. The President and the Secretary of Defense are being guided in the decisions that they make with regards the US military actions and procedures by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and they eventually report to NATO to help them with their ongoing research. They are the service branch chiefs such as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Its not easy for British troops and basically it is not an easy decision to make being drafted into the military especially in larger conflicts like we see in Afghanistan. It cannot be easy for NATO to make these types of decisions, especially when reports of friendly fire happen, it must make them think ‘Who can we trust?’
Tags: AFGHANISTAN, BRITISH TROOPS, FRIENDLY FIRE, NATO
- You: Pakistan to scan all NATO containers (nation.com.pk)
- British Soldier Killed During Rescue of Afghan Policeman (waronterrornews.typepad.com)
- British troops killed by gunman in Afghan police uniform – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
- DOD Leaders: Sequestration Threatens Military’s Successes (defense.gov)
- Afghan police kill UK servicemen (bbc.co.uk)
- £20000000000 – that’s the cost to the taxpayer of the Afghanistan war – Mirror.co.uk (mirror.co.uk)
- U.S.’s Post-Afghanistan Counterinsurgency War: Colombia (alethonews.wordpress.com)
- Pakistan re-opens NATO supply routes (edition.cnn.com)