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The US military has an ethos, "no man left behind." Divisions within the military have similar codes of conduct. The origin of this concept is thought to come from the French and Indian War of 1756, two decades before the United States declared independence from the British. During this war a group of American soldiers known as Rogers' Rangers, who were fighting for the British against the French, became known for maintaining a certain standard: leave no soldier behind. Thus, even before America was America, this ethos was instilled.

 

The idea represents a familial bond between soldiers. In a sense it's a service contract: If you promise to serve us, we promise never to leave you. The fulfillment of this promise, while not perfect, can be seen in incidents such as the one portrayed in Black Hawk Down, in which massive operations were undertaken to rescue hostages. The most recent and controversial ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.


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