Monday, August 04, 2008
Putting a Human Face to the Next Generation of Soldier
Two months ago, I published a piece written by the mother of a West Point cadet, Rajiv Srinivasan:
In the intervening weeks, Rajiv has graduated from West Point, been commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and is in the midst of officer training at Ft. Benning, Georgia. He was recently interviewed for the TV show, "Making It Happen" on a network geared to the interests of the Indian diaspora living in the U.S. Below is a link the the first of six taped segments:
In a recent posting, I quoted from Dr. Elizabeth Samet's book, "Soldiers' Heart." Dr. Samet made the point that much of society is removed from the world of our military, and there needs to be a "rehumanizing" of soldiers in the minds of the average American. I commend to you these interviews that Lieutenant Srinivasan recently gave. I will be surprised if you do not end up tremendously encouraged and proud of the high caliber of leader and human being that our military continues to attract. The future looks bright if we are able to hand the reins of leadership to men and women like Rajiv who are stepping forward at a crucial time in our history. Please pray for them as they continue to serve.