Paratus Preliator

 Paratus Preliator – “Ready Warrior”  this is the motto of the National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program and relates to the individual being a warrior in body, mind, and spirit.  My short career with the Guard has been spent teaching me the fundamentals of the Warrior Spirit and the more I learn, the more I realize that you can’t make a warrior, you can only “Make Ready” a warrior.   A Warrior willingly subjects themselves to any punishment both mental and physical so that they may advance upon and overcome any obstacle that dares to challenge them.  How you will know a warrior is relatively simple,  warriors in general ae “go-getters”, Type A personalities always looking for the next big challenge, the next feat to overcome.  Warriors make an oath to themselves, consciously or not, to do one of several things.  First they will always place the mission first,  no matter how discomforting, how “out of their zone”  they have a mission whether directed to them or taken upon individually to accomplish the mission at all costs.  Secondly, Warriors will never accept defeat.  Everyone in their life will come up short on some things, plans don’t fall into place and if you subscribe to Murphy’s Law ” A good plan never survives first contact.”  The difference between a Warrior and a common man is simple, the warrior has taken it upon themselves to complete this mission and come hell or high water they will be succesful and they will declare victory.  A Warrior doesn’t always get it right the first time, but when push comes to shove they will accomplish the feat for their philosophy is “Pain is temporary, Pride is forever.  Thirdly Warriors will never quit, There will be times when the challenge they face is one that will take the warrior every ounce of mental and physical stamina to overcome, but where most men fail the warrior succeeds, because they will accomplish the mission at whatever they must pay in blood, sweat, and tears.  Finally Warriors never leave a fallen comrade, a warrior leads from the front plain and simple.  When people start falling behind, injured, or otherwise the warrior is right beside them pushing them until they can’t push anymore and then a warrior picks up their comrade and completes the mission.  A famous Roman General said it well “Of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are nothing but targets, nine are real fighters… We are lucky to have them… They make the battle. Ah, but the one, one of them is a Warrior… and he will bring the others back.”  You are the Warrior it is up to you to declare victory and bring your people home.  So as you train for whatever in life not just the Spartan Race, because that is only the first step to make ready the warrior, are you training as an individual for a race, or are you training to be a Ready Warrior?

US Army Warrior Ethos:
I will always place the mission first

I will never accept defeat

I will never quit

I will never leave a fallen comrade

Spartan Code:

  • A Spartan pushes their mind and body to their limits.
  • A Spartan masters their emotions.
  • A Spartan learns continuously.
  • A Spartan gives generously.
  • A Spartan leads.
  • A Spartan stands up for what they believe in, no matter the cost.
  • A Spartan knows their flaws as well as they know their strengths.
  • A Spartan proves themselves through actions, not words.
  • A Spartan lives every day as if it were their last.

-Cody Smith

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