Soldiers are given tactical tasks and directed to carry them out, often realizing that casualties will be a result of whatever that task might be. KIA’s and WIA’s are unfortunate but the price of admission when describing warfare. In order to seize or hold the objective the truth is that some live, some get wounded and some pay the ultimate price. Mission FIRST, Soldiers always was motto I remember hearing years ago. Although we were invaluable to the collective effort, individually we were replaceable (and expendable). Just the nature of the beast.
If you’ve followed my blog for some time you’ll know that my post SHTF philosophy is this: The best gunfight is the one that you NEVER have to get into. People get shot in a gunfight, people die in gunfights, people need serious medical attention after gunfights. That said I often ponder how I’ll react to a situation where my family and I are in dire straights and we have to choose between fighting for our home or land (against overwhelming odds) and living to regroup and fight another day.
We could “what if” this to death with all sorts of scenarios so I’ll just come right out with it. If my family is with me, there will be no glory in our deaths if we can relocate (read: retreat) and figure out a better plan to survive. My name isn’t Davy Crockett and I don’t live in the Alamo…and it sure is easy to talk a big game before the S really has HTF and lives are at stake. Seriously, isn’t the goal in a post SHTF world to make it to the next day, week or month? The meek (and cunning) will inherit the earth so to speak. He who charges into every situation with M4 raised and finger on the trigger will probably have a shorter life expectancy than a door gunner in Vietnam.
I should probably clarify a few things at this point. I admit my plan is avoidance but if my family is in danger I plan on a reaction which includes a swift use of force in order to neutralize a threat. I’m completely comfortable placing myself in harm’s way to protect my loved ones and it doesn’t have to be SHTF for that to be relevant. Yet there is the side of me that knows every battle isn’t worth fighting and sometimes the numbers just aren’t don’t add up. If my family and I are ever in a situation where we know that there are overwhelming forces headed our way, I most definitely believe the best course of action would be to evacuate ASAP and look for an alternate plan to survive. What good would it do anyone to stand, fight and die? They would still get our stuff, possibly lose a few men and I plus my family would have paid for….things? It’s not worth it. Thoughts?