tereseus1 said...The rich or the Privilege don't sign up to join in the American Army so say what you must about me being cynical.
I was rich & privileged when I enlisted in the US Army, as an ordinary Private during the Vietnam War. I would say you are more misinformed than you are cynical.
As for marching like robots, that is their weakness, not their strength. It may have been a strength in the warfare of the distant past, up until the US Civil War, when soldiers still did full frontal assaults and moved forward shoulder-to-shoulder.
Today's soldier on the modern battlefield must be able to independently move, shoot and communicate, and to quickly make autonomous decisions, down to the lowest ranks. Waiting to be told what to do at every turn gets you killed, and battles lost. And it makes your leaders your Achilles heel, for if they get killed or wounded, then you stop functioning effectively.
US soldiers & Marines are taught to assume authority on the battlefield in turn, when senior leaders become casualties. And so do our NATO allies. The North Koreans possess this ability to a much lesser degree, meaning that the casualty percentage at which point their forces will collapse is significantly lower than other modern armies.
In other words, they can't sustain significant losses before they stop fighting altogether, whereas other armies can take heavier losses and keep fighting. They are, simply, a house of cards, that hopes to use overwhelming numbers alone to defeat their enemies. With today's battlefield technology, that is a fatally outdated strategy.