Senator, the primitive and often, even, atavistic aspects of the battlefield test the physical strength, the mental agility of everyone, but most of what it tests is the courage and the spiritual side of the troops we put in harm’s way. And oftentimes it’s only unit cohesion, leadership, and the belief in themselves and their comrades that allows them to go through what they have to go through and come home as better men and women, and not as broken. And so, The 'warrior ethos' is not a luxury, it is essential, when you have a military.

General Mattis during his U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for the role of Secretary of Defense

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