February 3rd, 2004  

Topic: Training

Nothing, especially in the trade of war, is sooner forgot than experience.
- Colonel Ardant du Picq

The best form of welfare for the troops is first-class training, for this saves unnecessary casualties.
- Erwin Rommel

The military machine--the army and everything related to it-- is basically very simple and therefore seems easy to manage. But we should bear in mind that none of its components is of one piece: each piece is composed of individuals, every one of whom retains his potential of friction. ... A battalion is made up of individuals, the least important of whom may chance to delay things or somehow make them go wrong.
- Carl von Clausewitz