Lessons from Jocko Podcast #7: Where Does Discipline Come From? Project Jaffna, Gains & BJJ
- Anybody that knows anything about tactics knows you want to take the high ground. You can see much further. It’s a dominating position.
- Take the high ground or the high ground will take you. Stay on the path.
- The general asks some poignant questions: what kind of training had this unit done? Why was it forced to keep doing its station duties: providing working parties for golf courses instead of training they were helping with sporting events, cleaning up etc. They weren’t training for war which is what they should have been doing.
- Make sure the training that you do expands your mind and makes you think.
- The person that is in charge has to do an outstanding job of explaining the mission - explaining how it’s all connected - how what happens on the front line effects the overall strategy.
- An insurgency doesn’t have tanks but they have time. They win by a death of 1,000 cuts.
- In prolonged, slow, bleeding, low intensity, people oriented struggle motivation and discipline as ingredients of moral are far more important.
- The longer the time frame the more distractions.
- 3 types of officers: 1 was ones that thought, acted, moved about, was bold and got down to business fastest. Even in totally alien confusing environments. The 2nd one had brains and moved about the best they could buy lacked boldness and the ability to inspire. The 3rd was those who slogged and complained about their troops and their orders and so on. They could do nothing else.