What Motivates Army men to Fight?
Generally we don’t fight for some big cause as ‘nation’, but because of the following:
- To preserve the pride, tradition, reputation and name of the platoon or company or battalion one belongs to.
- To inspire our juniors.
- To escape being branded a coward by colleagues in the unit and villagers back home.
- To preserve one’s self respect.
An average soldier is an ordinary person who lives in a culture and environment which keeps reminding him of the past glories and valor, which are often exaggerated. The soldier is unable to distinguish the exaggeration from the truth and believes it all to be true.
I commanded ‘Laungewala’ Battalion made famous by the movie, “Border”. I have met so many of the historic persons, including Maj Chandpuri ( Brig Chandpuri), MVC. The heroes will hardly strike you as exceptional brave hearts or ‘Rambos’. They are ordinary people. The truth is that in the given circumstances they remained united, hid their inner fears, ( mind you, not overcame their fears!) and performed an extra-ordinary feat of valor!