Read this, thought it may stimulate an interesting debate not sure when he said it (perhaps someone does) Let us be clear about three facts. First, all battles and all wars are won in the end by the infantryman. Secondly, the infantryman always bears the brunt. His casualties are heavier, he suffers greater extremes of discomfort and fatigue than the other arms. Thirdly, the art of the infantryman is less stereotyped and far harder to acquire in modern war than that of any other arm....The infantryman has to use initiative and intelligence in almost every step he moves, every action he takes on the battle-field. We ought therefore to put our men of greatest intelligence and endurance into the Infantry Field-Marshal Earl Wavell Personally, I think it should be above the entrance to every other Corps and Arm training centre!