Recently, the Public Affairs Officer assigned to our battalion for Marine Week has taken a perverse delight in sticking his head in my office to ask: “It’s Caligula something right?” He’s been joining me for SgtMaj PT and paying for it dearly.
I figure it’s my fault for never clearly explaining the blog’s title. So look, it is called Castra Praetoria. This would be Latin for “Camp of the Praetorians.” You recall the elite bodyguards of the Roman emperors? Those Praetorians. Think Roman Special Ops Ninjas and you’ll get the idea.
Yes, I know they are sometimes known in their later years for conspiracy and assassination. However, in the first two centuries of their existence the Praetorians contributed greatly to the strength of Rome by protecting its emperors leading into the Pax Romana.
Here in the 21st Century Camp of the Praetorians we prefer to reinforce the ideal behaviors of the modern warrior. As pertains to studying past warrior cultures, we emulate those aspects which reflect an innate sense of ethics, integrity, and morality. All the garbage is discarded as a component of behavior we disdain in our daily comportment.
That and the expedient elimination and removal of the undead is what we’re all about here.