Greg Jaffe over at the Washington-Post has a great article on the U. S. Army.
As many are aware I am not a fan of the current Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler. It is clear that there is a distinct divide in the Army between the NCO’s like Chandler who put an emphasis on spit and polish, order, as being a sign of discipline and those who after eleven plus years of war put a premium on common sense.
“His solution has been a raft of new regulations governing tattoos, the length of soldiers’ sideburns and the color of the backpacks they are allowed to carry while in uniform. The tighter standards are intended to improve discipline in a force that is recovering from an exhausting decade of war.”
Whereas many are fearful that the Army is turning its back on transformation and resorting to a familiar pattern of painting rocks and garrison bull shit. Major Lujan’s comments remind me that the Special Forces, unlike many other of the Army’s elite units, focuses on common sense solutions rather than stupidity.
Jaffe’s article highlights the concerns inside the Army; not only about the force, but whether in an era of constrained resources whether the Army can successful compete against Air-Sea Battle. More on this soon.