My 2 cents on how the Army invests in its future

Trigger warnings: there is some profanity, and no women are mentioned, unless you count Rangers. In the spring of 2001, the Army conducted the Major’s board for Year Group 1991. In the Field Artillery, out of a cohort of over 300 that began in June 1991, only 65 were left to fill roughly 125 billets. Of the survivors, less than 5 were so hapless they couldn’t even resign right. But, per Army regulation 24.6% (16 of 65 officers) were given the boot. Why? Regs said so. How was the Army going to fill the requirement gap of 76 majors? Bring […]

Death of a Great Army Leader and Strategist

It was announced that General John R. Galvin died this past Friday in Jonesboro, Georgia.  The New York Times Obituary gives him just credit for helping end the Cold War and providing a steady hand in the tumultuous days after the fall of the Berlin Wall. I had the pleasure of serving with General Galvin when he was the Commander of the 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart Georgia.  I remember him inspecting our field site during and exercise and the quiet leadership he exerted as he pointed out areas where we could improve.  The best part of his visit […]

Stray Voltage September 15 2015

Stray Voltage Without commenting on the merits of the USMC study of Women in Combat, the actions of publicly being critical of the study by the Secretary of the Navy are unforgivable. He has squandered what ever trust he might have had from the leadership of the Navy and USMC. He should do the honorable thing—resign; unfortunately he is a political hack and will simply continue spouting nonsense. Hey Air Force if you are worried that an 18 year old enlisted airman can’t be trusted with to be a pilot, let me offer you a suggestion, why not enlist them, […]

General Dempsey, Coach K on Leadership

Good article over at Anglican Ink about what makes a good leader.

The Army Has a Credibility Problem

This story from the Washington Post says that the Army has a credibility problem.  Comments?

A *Fifth* Star for ’87!

Thanks to MSS3 ’87, we learned that Colonel Lapthe C. Flora, of the Virginia National Guard and the VMI Class of ’87, has been nominated and confirmed for the rank of Brigadier General.  He is the fifth member of ’87 to pin on stars. COL (P) Flora ’87 is, I hasten to add, one of my fellow Roanokers, part of the sizable contingent in that class from the Star City and environs. Look him up and read about him, he has a tremendous story. Also from MSS3’87, a running count of the classes in recent memory with the most stars– […]

I Wonder What Patton and Marshall Would Say?

USMC0802 tossed this (angrily) our way: “The Army’s Confederate Cowardice,” wherein an Army captain and lawyer shares his opinions on Army base names. I’ll not quote from his little article, you can read it yourselves, but I will float two three questions of my own. Does “military mediocrity” appear anywhere in his OERs? What would Generals Patton and Marshall, neither of them being mediocrities, say to him? Or, indeed, General Ridgway, who spent a good deal of time at (dare I say the name??) Fort Bragg?

What they teach at the VMI of the North (USMA)

So, I guess this professor up at Hudson High School must have gotten his PhD. from a place that teaches revisionist history.  I don’t know, I’m not about that life personally.  But here’s a video of a guy who has birds on his shoulders and is on the permanent faculty of a place that I just don’t think puts out a good product. I would ask Col Seidule to go read Shelby Foote and then retire, because he is a poor educator by claiming that the Civil War was only about Slavery.  I’m a strict unionist and do not believe […]

No Shit Sherlock!

Wow this is a blinding flash of the obvious from the outgoing CSA: “For me, I think we missed the boat initially on adjusting to societal norms with tattoos,” said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. “I think tattoos are something that are more common, and I think we have to realize and understand that, and we have to make sure we get the best people in our Army.” This is also a lesson in not always listening to the Senior NCO as they have built in prejudices and bias.  Former SMA Chandler clearly did.  It would appear that […]

Thoughts On MG (Ret) Scales

Major General Robert Scales (U S Army Retired) once again comes out swinging against Washington ineptitude in funding the United States Army.  One of the points he makes about the creation of a hollow Army is about the reduction to 450K Active Duty personnel and the number of programs which have been cut in recent years.  General Scales bemoans that we are still using Reagan Era Abrams tanks. While I am too concerned about the direction of the Army I think much of the Army’s problems has to do with the Army itself. Let me point out a couple of […]