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    Weizhuang far beneath him on the social scale.” The townspeople see Ah-Q as a barbarian and want him to change his ways; many Chinese citizens and outsiders viewed the Qing dynasty the same way. Lu equates Ah-Q’s tribulations with issues that contributed to the fall of the Qing, specifically alluding to the Sino-Japanese War in one account. In 1896 the Qing navy lost to Japan in the Sino-Japanese War. Of the loss, Holcombe states, “despite the steps that had been taken toward “self-strengthening” during the Tongzhi Restoration, the Qing Dynasty was militarily humiliated when it became embroiled in a war with Japan.” The Qing did not consider Japan to be a serious competitor. According to Holcombe, “the Chinese army was nearly six times the size of the Japanese army, and the Chinese navy had twice as many ships.” Lu observes this defeat in his novel by saying, “this, in Ah-Q’s mental logbook of his life’s achievements, probably counted as his first true humiliation. Because of the man’s appalling whiskers, he had never had anything but pitying contempt for this Wang, who was too contemptible even to despise him back – much less raise a hand against him. But now here he was giving him a thrashing!” Ah-Q did not consider Wang a legitimate rival, and was shocked to find himself losing a fight with Wang. Lu believes this mentality is perilous and criticizes those feelings of superiority. Like Ah-Q, the Chinese government made no real effort to resolve the conflicts of the late…

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    The Things they carried O’Brien’s story depicts a platoon of soldiers during the Vietnam War. The soldiers carry equipment, rations, weapons and personal items with them. Some of those items are a necessity such as the P-38 can openers, heat tabs, dog tags, ammunition, C-rations, guns and cigarettes. These are physical objects with a real measurable weight. O’Brien narrates the events and paints a picture of the burdens we do not see. Those invisible burdens the characters carry, are the…

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    The armed services consists of four main branches: the army, navy, marine corps, and the coast guard. These are all branches that help protect our country from harm. Unfortunately, these military force groups have the same problem as well as any other work force. You might say that it’s disorganized, or it may be that we have too much or too little in the force. It could be either of those issues at hand, but one of our main issues today is allowing homosexuals to join our military. Many…

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    Military Leadership Diversity Commissioned (MLDC) researched the armed forces of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Air Force. The data was not surprisingly that there needs to be more focus on recruitment of more minorities and especially in the officer ranks. Why is having diversity in the Armed Forces so important? One might ask. As the MLDC report concluded that having “diversity among the leaders so the service will reflect better the racial, ethnic, and gender mix in the armed…

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    when in distress (Documentary & Discovery HD Channel (Official)).Secondly, military robotics and drones can endure much more damage from weapons and explosives versus humans attempting to defend their comrades. In a situation where a soldier and a robot were both to be involved in an explosion from a bomb or underground landmine, the robot would have a successful chance of being put together again than a dead human body with parts scattered all over with no heartbeat. That being the case, the…

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    I only have a few subordinates under my command. I do not think that I am on the level as Alves, but I believe that I have a lot of powerful influence over them. I know I have a long way to go to progress as a leader within my unit. I do plan to gain more power and influence within my unit as my military career progresses. Expertise, personal attraction, effort, and legitimacy are four personal characteristics that are important sources of power (pgs. 288-292). If I follow these…

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    The horror of a senseless death or the sweetness of victory, how should one respond to matters of life or death? In these poems “Charge of the Light Brigade” and “Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” many may ask themselves these questions concerning life or death during war. There are many emotions involved when discussing any war. There are many states who have benefited from wars, and some who have suffered from wars. There are people who have lost their lives on the battlefield and honored as…

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    ticking for the start of the war. Neither the Germans nor the Russians thought the other would go directly to war after they finished mobilizing. However, Germany would give Russia one more chance to back down before the war began. I believe that mobilization in World War One was the main cause of the war. The entry of the United States into World War One was not like mobilization for the other countries at the time. The United States, unlike the countries of Europe, did not have pressure to…

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    Although people think soldiers are characterized as tough killing machines, they are still humans with emotions, memories and lives beyond the military. According to soldiers, it is not easy being a soldier and living the life as a soldier. Life as a soldier has many struggles that people do not see and often go unaccounted for. This common dilemma comes to light in the short story “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. The burden of war on soldiers is more than physical strain. Tim O’Brien…

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    owned by France, just off of Italy. During the French Revolution, he served in the French army and saved the French government by firing cannons on a Parisian mob. He was given control of the Italian Army and led a military campaign against the Austrians. He led a military coup of the French government in 1799. Napoleon became the First Consul of France, and later was named Emperor of France in 1804. He led many battles against the other nations in France but could not defeat the British Army.…

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