Stay the Course Is a Plan Dr. Michael L. Ford 25 June 2006 Lately I have been hearing a lot of the nattering nabobs of negativism say “stay the course is not a plan.” I have heard it said till I am at the point of utter frustration with the neigh-sayers in the same way I would be if I were to hear a high school student continually insist that two plus two equals three. No matter how you look at it the conclusion falls way short of the mark. Until the people who did not believe “Staying the Course Is a Plan” corrupted education, every student knew staying the course of diligent application to studies was how you graduated from High School. Even now, you must stay the course of being in the school to get passed through the system. It took me twenty-six years from the time I started my college education till I finally achieved my educational goals. I stayed the course. Long-term projects require a special commitment to staying the course, so when one meets with obstacles he does not allow them to keep him permanently detoured from his goal. Every soldier knows, except perhaps for those who cannot explain their medals, that staying the course is an essential part of achievement. Boot Camp is the first lesson in staying the course. And, the forced march under full field pack, where sometimes the next step is a commitment in itself, teaches that staying the course is the only way to pride in oneself. If the American military did not have people committed to staying the course there would be no Airborne troops, no Rangers, no Special Forces, no Marines, no Navy Seals, or Tactical Air Controllers. It’s a good thing that there are still some people in this world committed to staying the course. People uncommitted to perseverance brought us to failure in Vietnam. Immoral, dishonest people need no commitment. But, they would like to make others as themselves. We always seem to have around a few cowards who would have surrendered the free world to Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, or some other devil incarnate. Such people dishonor all who gave their all for the highest ideals and were faithful even unto death. The reason they are against perseverance is found in their own weakness so that they must fabricate honors others earn.
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