From NPR, the almost definitive guide to the language of the troops.
Townie’s post on How Officers Should Be Commissioned is a must read as America moves through the post-war pattern of downsizing the Army. Townie and I have been having this discussion on this site and via email for the last two years. Our Army, and by extension all of our military and uniformed services have reached a disturbing state. While it may prove impossible to restore a Constitutionally-aligned force, we should still examine how to maintain the band of combat/tactical excellence, and improve the Operational and Strategic leadership. My response to Townie’s post and Slater’s ripose was too long, and therefore, [...]
Over at the American Conservative a great article on whether we should keep or kill the A10 Warthog. As a grunt I support keeping the A10 but we are going to have to quickly find a replacement or upgrade its capabilities as it is a little long in the tooth.
An article in today’s Washington Post raises several interesting question caused me to wonder. As the size of the Army is reduced will the Army reduce the size of the incoming Class of the USMA? It is rumored that some in the Classes of 2014 and 2015 may not be commissioned because the Army has no spaces for them, is this right and proper? Or instead will the Army reduce the number of ROTC graduates who get commissioned and are selected for Active Duty rather than Reserve Component Duty. What will the impact be on OCS? The last question I [...]
Stray Shots From Around the Web. I took three days of leave this week, I was suppose to go to Pennsylvania on some personnel business, however my wife’s mother is ill so instead I put her on an airplane. So I have had time to wander the web so to speak in the morning and find some interesting articles as I drink coffee and eat breakfast while I take care of our eleven cats (yes I said eleven we are the crazy cat people at the end of the cul du sac) and two dogs. Item 1: Our USAF Missile [...]
I haven’t done this in awhile, but scattering of articles gathered from across the Internet on all things military. Item 1: This just proves that most in the Army are ham fisted when it comes to anything to do with dealing with Congress or the media. An email sent to two people dealing with the opening of roles for women, is then forwarded to every Public Affairs Officer in TRADOC. Did not the recipient before he hit send think about what he was doing? Does it pass the Washington Post test (in this case the Politico test), will it stay [...]
Christians are no longer considered extremists by the US Army, anyway. The memo just says ‘certain groups,’ so that leaves the definition of just who these certain groups are open to political interpretation. And just at the start of the 2014 mid-term election season. Coincidence? Without doubt, the special interest group mentioned in paragraph 1, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation will keep a watchful eye for any outbreaks of Christian faith among those we charge with the taking of life, or the willing sacrifice of their own life. And raising lots of cash on the fears of [...]
The Beast, which is rapidly becoming my favorite on-line news source, has a great story about the 5 Billion wasted on the Universal Camouflage Pattern only to replaced less than ten years later with not one but three Multi-Cam versions of a field uniform. I have to wonder if the real waste is every service having their own field or as the navy calls them “Aquaflage” uniforms? I know the USMC is very proud of their service to our nation, as they should be, and part of that pride is a unique MARPAT uniform. I have never met a Marine [...]
So the SEALS conduct a raid into Somalia and Delta captures a bad guy in Libya. Can someone tell me why we know this and why more and more details are being discussed about these actions every day? And why has nothing been written about the action the 3d Ranger Battalion got into on Saturday night in which a number of Rangers were killed and wounded? As a Submariner, I learned early on that our strength lay in our silence. It is the Silent Service for a reason. If the bad guys know capabilities, operating patterns, limitations, etc., then they [...]
Some US papers have or will have obituaries of General Giap–the man who strategically defeated both the US and France in Vietnam. His obituary in the Telegraph is worth reading. He was a worthy opponent, who above all else was a nationalists who wanted a free and independent Vietnam.