Today is Monday, October 20, 2014rss RSS feed

By John Farnam

General Norman Schwarzkopf armed in public with President George Bush

General Norman Schwarzkopf armed in public with President George Bush

Defense Training International, Inc

Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO --( “Moral courage is the most valuable, and usually the most absent, characteristic in men.” ~ Patton

Too dangerous to “allow” our military officers to be armed?

We did at one time, back when we trusted our own troops!

This, from a friend and retired fellow officer:

“When I was a brand-new 2LT at Fort Lewis, my Battalion CO told me, when I met him for the first time, that I would be carrying my issued M1911A1 45 ACP pistol everywhere on post and that I would also be carrying, in addition, my issued M16A1 rifle when in the field.

He said,

‘Son, you are an Infantry Officer. You, and all our brave soldiers, comprise the first line of defense for our Nation. You are assigned to serve as the S-2 in an infantry battalion. So great an honor is difficult to imagine!

We serve to fight, son! First and foremost, we’re here to gun-down enemies of the USA.

Welcome aboard!’

His final word of warning:

‘Son, don’t let me catch you unarmed. Lead by example. Your battalion, your family, and your Nation expect great things from you.

Now, get out of my office and go inspire our troopers!’

I wonder if such things are even said to junior officers any more.

The Assistant Division Commander at the time was (then) Brigadier General Norman Schwarzkopf, who always preferred a rifle range to an office chair. He verbally praised junior officers who were seen openly bearing arms on post. He personally, was always armed.

Our division commander at the time was a cowboy from east Texas who, needless to say, also wore his M1911A1 everywhere.

This was, of course, way back in the days when generals actually lead by example!


“When we least expect it, life sends us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change. At such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened, nor in insisting that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait!” ~ Paulo Coelho

Challenges never do!


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

  • 3 User comments to “US Military Officers Too Dangerous???”

    1. Sam Hill on April 14, 2014 at 12:31 PM said:

      Arm every man woman and child. When the lights go out no one will be left behind.

    2. As a retired Air Force NCO, serving from the end of Vietnam until a few years after the 1st Gulf War, I am sadly disappointed in the current situation and predicament of the U. S. Armed Forces.


      We did not swear an Oath to any person or political party. We swore it to the People.

      This “rooster lollipop” (come to your own conclusions) in the White House is nothing more than a traitor at least, and a communist usurper, at best.

      As seen in Nevada, We, the People, have had enough. Try another Waco, you dumb bastards, and you will re-learn histories lessons.

    3. When men were men and freedom was a highly prized responsibility .

    Leave a Comment

    • Sign up Ammoland for your Inbox

      Daily Digest

      Monthly Newsletter

    • Recent Comments

      • Ed: Only 4? Per our Constitution, “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be...
      • mainejackal: I cannot fathom such stupidity as wanting to give first aid or cpr to some scumbag you just shot. As a...
      • FRANK J VOUK: Bought one of these for my 13 year old daughter for deer hunting in shotgun only zone in Minnesota. We...
      • Jessie Copeland: If you don’t already own a good rifle; Buy one and plenty of amo learn how to use it....
      • Jerry: It is not only 22 ammo that is hard to find. Pistol powder is not very plentiful either. I have a couple of...
    • Social Activity

    • Most Popular Posts

      • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
    Copyright 2014 Shooting Sports News | Sitemap | Μολὼν λαβέ

    Win a Russian Sniper Rifle From

    Subscribe and receive our emails , the drawing will be November 20 , 2014 maybe you will be the lucky shooter receiving a Russian 1891/30 PU 7.62x54R Mosin Nagant Sniper Rifle and a can of Ammunition. For more information visit the AimSurplus Sniper Rifle Promotion Page.
    Monthly email subscription from Ammoland