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The Ancient Greek Military and Modern Military

The Comparison on the Ancient Geek Military and the Modern Military

Alana Dolan

on 12 October 2012

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Spartans Ancient Greek vs. Modern Military The Ancient Greek soldiers (hoplites) were powerful warriors, and they were very good at what they did. They had a large shield, called a hoplon, and a long spear called a doru. They used a short sword called a xiphos in close quarters. In the Military there is many rankings the least being somewhere around 12. At the age of six Spartan children start training for the military In the US, it is illegal to enlist unless you are 18 years of age. This system makes sure that people going in to the military have a clear idea of what they're getting into by the time they decide they're going to join the military. Nowadays, military technology is far advanced from the world of sword and shield in Ancient Greece. Today the modern infantryman is armed with a standard M4 carbine, a compact weapon that allows soldiers to engage efficiently and accurately. This was not the case in Ancient Greece. Every Spartan boy at age 6 was started to train for the spartan army. They saw their first battle around the age of 16. You may not think of soldiers as there own social class but they are and have earned the right to be. By: Alana Dolan and Gavin Clarke Sources: (cc) photo by medhead on Flickr Today the military fights as one cohesive group, with very precise protocols, and a strong chain of command. It is made up of many rankings; 24 in the United States Infantry. The ranking system was made up to ensure commands were followed; that a private would obey a lieutenant, a lieutenant would obey a captain, and such and so forth. Conversely, the American Armed forces are characterized by organization and discipline In Ancient Greece, warriors fought as individuals, for individual glory, except in the infamous phalanx. In addition, the Greeks had very few officers; you were either a soldier, a captain, or a king. The Ancient Greek military was very different from the modern day military; the Greek military had a very simple social structure compared to the US Armed Forces. Offices were assigned based on birth, not on skill like modern military.
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