Perhaps no other series or show exemplifies the nature of the Delta man like Band of Brothers. Men of various strengths and weaknesses, from all walks of life are brought together to train, fight, and ultimately go back to whatever normalcy is possible after overseas combat in a horrific conflict. While it is fair to praise the show for the technical and artistic merits I believe the lasting appeal is that millions of regular guys can relate to the characters and know that they could have been right there with them. If you haven’t seen the series, I highly recommend it. You’ll start to understand the life of a Delta just from that series, especially the last few which detail the lives of the soldiers after the war.
The Delta is the average guy. He’s the person who makes the world go around. Neither a leader of men nor a doormat he does what is needed in his family, work, church, and community. During times of conflict a few will rise to great heroism but most will just do their jobs and efficiently and quietly. For every great leader of men there are numerous Deltas behind him in support. They come from literally every background and ethnicity imaginable and are around us every day, all day.
Deltas marry average looking women most of the time, and are average in looks as well. Many will carry a few too many pounds (their wives too) and could definitely use a bit more Game in their lives to make things better. What they lack in style they make up for in quiet confidence, level headedness, and the ability to get things done when needed.
Deltas can be praised as the “common man” and given the openly hostility towards manhood and men in culture today they deserve a small pat on the back for doing a mostly thankless job in difficult times. Deltas should not be romanticized though as for all of their strengths they have just as many weaknesses as well and are too ready to bend when the wind blows, or become irresponsible.
If you are a Gamma or even an Omega your realistic goal in life is to live as a Delta. It’s possible through supreme effort you might rise to the rank of Alpha, but it’s not a realistic goal and the life of a Delta is not only obtainable, but pretty damn good. So set your sites here Gammas, and if you are on your way up take heed of the advice given by other regular guys.
My goal with this regular column is to try to help men become better Deltas and ease the transition for Gammas into the being an effective Delta. You can’t train men by telling them about landmines alone so I’m going to focus less on what not to do and instead on how to make good decisions and live a better life. So Deltas and men who want to become one, raise a drink this weekend to the common man and then come along for the journey.