View Full Version : Creating a place for professional warriors

04-21-08, 09:25 PM
I started looking about six months ago for a site discussing the way of a professional warrior, or any site of substance concerning professional warriors. Unfortunately i have yet to find it.

What I'm looking for is a site that educates us, pushes us mentally while telling us that you also have to learn from experience. Just about any hobby, or profession out there has its own little niche on the net except warriors. I can find people trying to sell us things, give opinions that i agree or disagree with concerning the politics of war. Whats right or wrong about our new PT uniform but i can't seem to find a site talking about our leadership traits or core values. Actually taking those things from memorized rhetoric to discussing how we can mold those into your daily life.

Nearly every day I hear people (including myself) saying how much better we are than other branches of service or civilians. I was out of the Corps for a year (just got back in this past November) and during that time I asked myself what does make us different? I feel like sometimes we were ingrained in boot camp with this mentality and our lack of humility holds us back from wanting to become better Marines.

Most Marines i know try to distance themselves from the Corps every day after work, and on the weekends. I understand that Marines are burnt out from work and so they feel like they need to turn to excessive drinking (which i have done plenty). I feel like we should be promoting the idea that boot camp didn't make you a perfect Marine. That it made you a very basic, very limited Marine. But by helping one another we can become a better, more well rounded (we will all have to become well rounded as we become more decentralized) warrior culture. Turning this 9-5 into what i think it should be, a new way of life.

Yes its obvious the Corps is changing, as it has done in the past, but we shouldn't turn away from it. If anything we need to embrace it because its going to happen whether we like it or not. Think of all the things you could search for on youtube right now, educational things, i just found 786 videos on "how to whistle" but can't seem to find much in the area of PME (professional military education). For instance the other day I had a class (from a civilian) on thermal and night vision optics. It will be my duty to re-teach this gear to the Marines in my platoon. Most all of the thermal optics had a video output on them. I couldn't help but wonder why someone hadn't made a video demonstrating things like range finding (something the instructor said is pretty much to hard to care about), or a simple video on the menu system within the optics. I'm a comm bubba and if my Marines get tasked to use these on our next deployment i have to admit that they aren't going to have any time with the gear. A brief hip pocket class at best. Why don't we take it upon ourselves to disseminate all the information we can in all the ways we can. I will be happy when one day i see Marines in the field watching/listening to short PMEs on their IPODS and surfing the net to become more proficient as a warrior.

What i want to see is an American warrior culture, one that embraces change and is unrelenting in its path to becoming better.

Semper Fidelis,
Zach Norris

"individualism is achieved by independent action and private thinking"

04-21-08, 09:43 PM
Good point Cpl Norris. You can always take the lead and start Q&A discussions on PME topics.

Welcome aboard Marine!

04-22-08, 11:35 AM
So what topics do you think could be covered on a site dedicated to professional warriors?

Thanks hope i can contribute to the community.

04-22-08, 11:45 AM
Start with what you know. Do some research and expand.

04-22-08, 09:34 PM
I'd love to have PME for my iPod. I drive to work listening to audiobooks, and would love to load up my iPod with something to better myself.

04-23-08, 07:15 PM
Hump_drop, I'm glad there is someone else out their who likes the idea. I have a few other Marines stationed around the world who say they are going to help brainstorm but if you have any topics or any thoughts on it please post them. I would love to hear it. I have also thought about writing articles etc. I started the foundation of a website so thats covered.

Any articles or thoughts would be much appreciated.

One of the ideas i have is creating short PMEs that NCOs could read and give to their platoons. Obviously these will have to be well thought out if anyone is to use them.

Sgt Leprechaun
04-24-08, 07:05 AM
Quite frankly, it's going to depend on what it is you want to PME. The list is long and wide ranging. I have, in my internet 'favorites' on my computer, a list of "Daily Read" websites that I try and hit every day when I'm at work. Among them are this site (of course LOL), Libertas (a site that reviews movies and culture) Little Green Footballs (Political discourse), Small Wars Journal (an outstanding reference site for 'the corporals war', I highly advise going there), SurvivalBlog (good articles on survival and whatnot), SHTFblog, (another survival site), the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned (downloadable 'no shiite' lessons learned that you could use for hip pocket training for months), and a host of others. I have about a hundred sites.

You get the idea, now build your own!

04-24-08, 07:17 AM
There needs to be a sticky with PME links, I think.

Lep, I will look for those sites today. I am in the Reserves now, and have limited time for PME for my Marines, I'd like to have something I can whip out and 30 minutes get a class or a discussion knocked out, something for my Marines to think about while not at drill.