chapter  16
Aer the Battle: Violence and the Warrior
WithBRET A. MOORE, C. ALAN HOPEWELL, and DAVE GROSSMAN
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Combat changes a person. is seems like an obvious proposition, but it is a proposition that is not fully appreciated by the average citizen. e only profession that explicitly trains its employees to harm, disable, and destroy another human being is the professional warrior-the soldier, sailor, airman, and Marine. More directly put, the primary objective of the combat troop is to kill. e primary objective of the combat support troop is to make sure the combat troop can complete its objective. For those who have never worked with a professional warrior, this is a concept that can be somewhat unsettling. Appreciating the cognitive and emotional sequelae that occur from struggling with the social, moral, and religious implications of taking another’s life based on a job description is hardly an easy accomplishment. But, for the

nonmilitary practitioner, it is important at least to appreciate the warrior’s beginnings to understand where he* is headed.