Should we end Bayonet training?
Recently bayonet training has been dropped from basic training. Now there are two ways to look at this. One is that we don’t really do bayonet charges anymore and there are many other skills that are needed on today’s battlefield. I generally agree with this. I personally have not done any bayonet training since basic in 1984.
The other train of thought is that bayonet training instills the mindset to close and kill the enemy. Well heck I have to agree with that also.
But in the end those skills, to close and kill the enemy, can still be taught without the bayonet and the time developing more current skills will pay off more in the end. Plus bayonet training can always be institute at the company level if a commander feels it’s necessary.
What do you think?