Joe Bernard wrote: My enduring prejudice is that our walking infantrymen are not selected from among the men
who should be in our fighting echelons, and they are severely handicapped when committed to combat.
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Take a 19-year-old kid thousands of miles from home. Put him on a hill, and give him a rifle and shovel. Tell him to dig a hole in the ground to sleep in. Allow him to sleep only about four hours each night, never undressing, or even taking off his boots. During the remaining nighttime hours he must remain awake, prepared to shoot and kill anyone who tries climb the hill, and approach the hole he is lying in.
Have him march all day, after four hours sleep, knowing that killers could be waiting for him at the crest of each hill, or around each bend in the road.
Give him a few cans of food to eat. No bath, no shaving, and no haircut.
Expose him to these conditions for weeks on end, then imagine his mental condition.
What kind of shell did we have to go into to survive these conditions and still keep our sanity?