Handgrenade of the Month – June 2018


The Cult of the Warrior -  Helpful or...Silly, or...Dangerous?

By John T. Kuehn


In the somber aftermath of another memorial day, perhaps this is a good time to revisit something that has bothered me for years—the Cult of the Warrior and its veneration off and on by American military cultures, to say nothing of the American public.

            As a mentor once informed me “define your terms up front.”   The phrase “cult of the warrior” must first be broken into its component parts and then synthesized into a whole.  Cult is a pejorative term that usually