Practically anyone may be trained to be soldier, marine, sailor, etc. but only an elite few can become warriors. Warriors are the ones who are trained to fight, are able to fight, have the will to fight, and, most of all, they view fighting as what they were always meant to do. Ordinary military personnel carry out their assigned duties to the best of their abilities, and, if those duties involve fighting, they will fight to the best of their abilities. Sometimes during their fighting, they are thrown into situations that demand heroic acts. When this occurs, most will do what is required and thus become heroes, either while alive or posthumously. Whereas, warriors to not wait to be sent into harm’s way, they joyfully put themselves in harm’s way, volunteer to fight, and relish the time when they are able to fight. Warriors fight because that is what warriors do.
Most people in the United States realize that warriors are needed to wage wars but some people have a distorted view of cause and effect. They think that warriors cause the effect of war. They think that if warriors were to cease to exist, there would be no war. A saying heard during the Vietnam War era was “What if they gave a war and nobody came?” However, this is not a valid assumption. Warriors exist because there is a need for them. War causes the effect of the existence of warriors. War is not declared by warriors, it is not funded by warriors, and warriors cannot declare an end to a war. All this is done by politicians, some of which may have once been warriors but have now have become pure politicians, Senators John Murta and John McCain for example. Warriors neither seek war nor do seek peace; they do not start wars or end wars; they merely wage war.
Many have never been in war, have never been trained for war, or have never been in an armed service, but they still have a warrior spirit. Their knowledge, experience, and sometimes training (such as training in some martial arts) have developed this spirit within them. They feel an obligation to fight against evil and against bad things in general. They think must get involved; they cannot turn away. They realize there are human predators that must be kept at bay, stopped, or even eliminated. These predators will attack anyone, sometimes, even themselves, but they prefer to attack the helpless, meek, and timid. Warriors protect everyone against human predators, without any regard for the race, religion, status, etc. of the persons they protect, or of the predators they fight.