As we all know, a soldier, marine, airman, or sailor who performs above and beyond the call of duty, who disregards their own safety in the face of an enemy in a combat situation usually receives an award for such actions. Every military branch has their own medal or citation that it issues to fine Americans who earn them. However the question that comes to my mind is, now that we are entering an era where machines are slowly replacing men on the battlefield, will VALOR become a thing of the past? Now that the day when a soldier sends a robot through that hail of bullets to retrieve and save a wounded friend is near, will there no longer be the need for the Bronze and Silver Stars? Will the Congressional Medal of Honor become obsolite? Would Delta operators Randy Shugart and Gary Gordon have received Medals of Honor if they sent in and controled a "gunbot" to protect Super 64 in Somalia? In the near future, when a robot storms an enemy machinegun and opens a path to an obective while saving the lives of countless others, who will be awarded, man or machine? What are yall's thoughts on this subject?
We're not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. Gen. George S. Patton
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