Warriors, Inc. and its Cadre

Rules for working with Warriors, Inc:
  • Your right to influence the story is diminished in ratio to the distance you are from the actual arena of action.
  • Equipment, props, and wardrobe will always be compromised by not only being made by the lowest bidder, but by attempting to make it multi-functional and decorative rather than practical. Every wardrobe designer should have to run a mile in the uniforms they design.
  • Outstanding commanders will surround themselves with excellent staff officers.
  • Never make command a reward for good staff work.
  • Outstanding NCOs may make good officers. With the exception of Mustangs, the reverse is rarely true.
  • Soldiers tell the truth about good and bad commanders. Their opinion is your ultimate fitness report.
  • No cadre member was ever hated for being too hard, but some are detested for trying to cultivate that image without substance.
  • Endurance should be judged on the bayonet assault course and not on a marathon run…unless the Skipper is leading PT.
  • The casting director will never be able to judge soldierly spirit as well as his Sergeant can.
  • Esprit de Corps cannot be attained at a cocktail mixer or the Cast and Crew party. It must be instilled by good leadership and trust in the people in your unit.
  • No new weapon or tactic will ever instill the same fear in the enemy that one Infantryman with a bayonet can.
  • Anyone who thinks that future battlefields will not contain Infantrymen knows nothing about war.
  • Indecision kills more soldiers than any wrong decision. You can fight your way out of a wrong decision.
  • Never shower or apply after-shave or cologne during the forty eight hours prior to a night attack.
  • Sweat is the true lubricant of the Infantry fighting machine.
  • No soldier can be managed to victory. He must be led.
  • Not training your soldiers to protect themselves is a crime against your own troops.
  • Any officer who claims he is accepting an individual award (or compliment from the director) for the entire unit should allow his soldiers to wear it or hear it.
  • Heroism cannot be taught. But cowardice is a communicable disease.
  • No leader should be given a command because he needs one for his resume.
  • No leader should be denied a command because he already had one.
  • A combat veteran of any war should be respected by all.
  • The one night you don't dig in will be the night you get mortar fire on your position.
  • Inclement weather is the Infantryman's ally. If it ain't rainin', we ain't trainin' and if it ain't snowin', we ain't goin'.
  • There is no collateral duty or second unit endeavor so important that it should separate a leader and his unit.
  • Senior cadre who allow discussions about fellow cadre not present are not honorable.
  • If you wish your subordinates to call you by your first name, go sell shoes. There is no place for you in Warriors.
  • Soldiers respect leaders worth emulating. They cannot be "ordered" to respect anyone.
Inspired in part by writings of Major Mark A. Smith Sr. USA (Ret)