I had to consider this question recently. Specifically, I wondered what makes up the culture of the Australian Army. I came up with a short list: ferocity, honour, insularity, love, and anti-intellectualism.
Ferocity first, because soldiering is violent.
Honour, to apply that violence usefully instead of harmfully.
Insularity, to protect soldiers from softening influences and to protect society from the horrors of war.
Love, to bond soldiers into teams and keep them together under pressure.
Anti-intellectualism, to keep soldiers people of action, who fight where they are told and win where they fight.
There’s a much longer version of this sitting with the editor of the Army Journal at the moment, but that’s it in a nutshell.
What do you think?