Clearly I Am Not a Chosen One

From a source not connected with VMI, I learned, that the premier of the Field of Lost Shoes was reserved, “Two weeks ago, he informed me that V.M.I. had decided to buy out the entire theatre for its donors and supporters, so there would be no tickets available.” I guess the donors and supporters were only those who live in Richmond and have numbers after their name.  “Heaven to besty we can’t have the unwashed from places like DC or Roanoke mingling with us the denizens of the Holy City and holders of names like Deuce, Trip, Trey, Four. . […]

April 15, 1945

Randall’s attention was drawn to something else,  the like of which he had never seen. Emerging from the huts was a shuffling  group of figures, some of whom were dressed in rags, while others were naked.  Their bodies were skeletal, their skin yellow. Rising from them was a hubbub of  noise, as they pleaded for the SAS men to help them.    

Hell Yeah, Less Pay!

Someone needs a fucking piss-test. The end is near. I’m more and more convinced of it every day. He needs to get out of the E-Ring.

“Field of Lost Shoes” Premieres in Richmond

Not a review, but a report, HERE. Anyone go to see it? Parker Longbaugh? S**t-Eating Third? We’re very interested to hear from you.

How to Break An Officer

Young officers are like moldable clay; they take lessons to heart fast.  Some of them will be amazing, most will be good, and then you will have a lot of bad.  It is easy for them to become enraptured by their own image when they’re doing well; it is even easier for them to fall flat on their face.  How do I know this?  I’ve been there.  When a new officer comes into the FORCE/FLEET he needs to be embraced by the battalion and company level organizations he is a part of.  In the Army we tend to have a […]

Drumming up business

Well, this is one way to stay in business.

Rest in Peace, A10 the “Hog”

There are two articles I recommend every ground pounder, Army and Marine Corps read.  The first at the Washington Post is about opposition to the retirement of the A10 “Hog” and the second over at Harper’s touching on the same subject, where the author Andrew Cockburn, who concludes: As I explain in my Harper’s feature, the Air Force’s decision to junk the A-10 while retaining the B-1 and the even more unwieldy B-52 bombers for close air support may seem inexplicable, but it is in reality quite logical. The service owes its independence from the army to its success in […]

RIP, Gen Mundy, Part II

A fine eulogy in National Review: I should note that I knew General Mundy fairly well. Indeed, we were on a first-name basis: He called me “Mac” and I called him “General.” He served as Marine commandant at a particularly difficult time. First, the Cold War had ended and part of an alleged “peace dividend” involved substantial reductions in the force structure of all the services. General Mundy oversaw a reduction of the Marine Corps from 194,000 troops to 170,000. But more important, his time as commandant was also a period when social pressure was brought to bear on the […]

If I Sat on the VMI Board of Visitors, Pt II

Or, perhaps more accurately– “If the VMI Board of Visitors Sat on Me.” S-Eating Third left a great comment on DaveO’s previous post, saying in part: I am an out-of-state third from Maryland. I’m extremely fortunate to have parents who are willing to pick up the full tuition with no cost to me. However, [I] have friends who couldn’t pay for VMI if it weren’t for their ROTC scholarships. These scholarships are going away soon– as will the potential for great cadets and officers. Indeed. So, with the state’s share of the burden dwindling, and the bill for an ambitious […]

Interesting Article by Tom Ricks

Ricks has written a interesting article on the relationship between Marshall and Lejeune.