Why is hand to hand combat not valued by the military?

There is a Russian joke about the subject, that for a soldier to apply the knowledge of unarmed combat on the battlefield:

  1. He needs to lose his unit.
  2. He needs to lose his firearm.
  3. He needs to lose his knife.
  4. He needs to lose his spade, his belt, his armour, his helmet, and everything else he could use as a makeshift weapon.
  5. He needs to find himself on a plain open area without any rock, wooden stick, metal shard or anything alike.
  6. He needs to meet there another useless idiot like himself.
  7. And only after all these conditions are met they can finally engage in a fair and square hand-to-hand.

Ironically, the joke was invented and is often told by Russian Special Forces, who actually do train pretty hard for melee.

© Stepan Serdyuk @ Quora.com

 

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