As the junior member of the group I haven’t really reflected on this today. 11 September 2001, I was in the seventh grade. 12 years old, mom almost kept us home, but the college decided they were going to push and she dropped us off at school. I honestly don’t know if she got much work done that day. As much as my teachers may have wanted it to remain normal, they exacerbated the issue by not playing the news for us that day. We’d all watched the beginning with the towers smoking, I didn’t see either collapse until that […]
Re the upcoming Army RIFs, Parker Longbaugh tossed this over the transom. Not being a member of the US Army, I have no business commenting so I’ll levy the expertise of our three (3) Army brethren plus all of you in commenter land. Thanks for serving your country, Major. Now hit the bricks. Have at it!
While I generally find William Lind a horse rear end, he nevertheless is capable at times of great insight, his comment on the Officer Corps I think hits the nail on the head particularly in the Army. At Boyd’s next level, the mental, our officers are not professionals. They are merely craftsman. They have learned what they do on a monkey-see, monkey-do basis and know no more. What defines a professional—historically there were only three professions, law, medicine, and theology—is that he has read, studied, and knows the literature of his field. The vast majority of our officers read no […]
Here we are an Army that is too broke to send units to the National Training Center, but now we are going to get a new PT uniform. Please save the Army from the SMA and his uniform foolish. First Tattoos, second a new field uniform, and now this. When will the foolishness end.
I recently shared amongst the five of us the first dispatch from VICE News on the Islamic State. If you don’t have HBO, fear not VICE News posts everything onto their website and youtube channel. Where these guys go makes Michael Yon look an amateur of epic proportions. They go and get the story, for you and I. Today the top American Advisor in Iraq, LTGEN Mick Bednarek, was quoted saying: “This is not just an Iraqi issue. This is not just a regional issue. This is a common enemy issue that we’ve got to address.” Remember the $100M that went […]
Sad news from Afstan: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/05/man-in-afghan-army-uniform-shoots-at-foreign-troops-causing-casualties/
So far the shape of the drawdown only affects us the plebeians of the American Warrior Society: the junior and field grade officers, junior Soldiers and Lower Non-Commissioned officers. What I’ve been saying is that the Army has not been serious like the Marine Corps has by offering Early retirement. The current 15 year retirement only pertains to those with enlister and commissioned service. The current Reduction In Force some could say was looked at strategically. I would say that it has not. Just barely has it reached the Field Grade Level. Majors and Lieutenant Colonels just had the OSBs […]
Col (R) MacGregor is arguing that the Army needs to get smaller. Supposedly members of congress are listening. One thing I don’t agree with is the dismantling of the Brigade Combat team. That transformation that took place under Rumsfeld although done very painfully is a good thing. Brigades are self-sustaining. The negative with that in the last decade of war you have not seen Division headquarters actually have to maneuver the entire formation. But what is even more fun is that MacGregor wants to eliminate divisions and make small formations of “Battle Groups,” the description sounds like a BCT to […]
The Army has been getting slapped stupid for giving “notices of separation” to Captains and Majors who are currently serving in Afghanistan and other hot spots (no I am not talking about German, Korea, or Italy!). According to today’s Washington Post the Army said they had no choice. According to the Stars and Stripes the number in Afghanistan was 48 and deployed (not specifically identified) was 87. This tells me that HRC and the Army G1 have inserted their head where the light don’t shine. They should have known who was deployed in Hot Spots and worked it so they […]
Not a pretty story, not the greatest hour for American arms. http://www.aei.org/article/foreign-and-defense-policy/defense/the-lesson-of-task-force-smith/ The soldiers of Task Force Smith were the victims of a conscious policy, even if not stated openly, to be unready. When you hear people say, “No more Task Force Smiths!” understand that they mean no more being caught unready. Yet, readiness has a steep price tag and it has to be planned out and paid for up front. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise. The cost of the alternative is even steeper.