According to Military.com the Army will begin looking a lot like the USMC! Thoughts?
The author contends that reducing the Army will make it and the military stronger; I ask is he right or wrong? I do ask you read the article first before commenting. Thanks
There has been a spate of articles on the state of the Army in the past several weeks, which I have been desirous of commenting upon. There have been too many things of greater importance that have distracted me, but these two which both appeared in the Washington Post within the last two days. The first entitled “Why The Army Should Fire some Generals and Promote Some Captains” is I believe spot on. I am of the generation or half generation ahead of the bunch he proposes firing. We are baby boomers, we believe we are infallible, that we posses [...]
Very probably not a very good idea: “Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level.” In fact, a very bad idea. Here’s the money quote, the one excerpt (among several) that lets you in on the woolly thinking of the progressive left with regard to the defense of the Republic: “We’re still going to have a very significant-sized Army,” the official said. “But it’s going to be agile. It will be capable. It will be modern. It will be trained.” Is the Army now lethargic? Incapable? Outdated? Ill-trained? If yes to any or all, will making it smaller [...]
This needed to be written, the question needed to be asked. In fact, the military conditions under which we’ve operated for the past two decades have been historically atypical. They have allowed too many in uniform to believe the hype. What happens when men whose whole professional life has known only success meet real challenges and the threat of defeat? The article is aimed at the Army, but applies to all the Services. And think too, of the coming austerity, the political correctness, the quotas, the feminization of combat arms, the punishments for anyone who speaks out. The worst is [...]
Over at the National Journal, they apparently think the Army provides its own close air support, hence the headline Army Drops 500 lbs Bomb on Own Outpost. While the Army is certainly capable of fratricide in this case if there had been casualties it would have been most likely the USAF.
Toxic leaders. You know them. Male, female, in uniform or Armani, you know them. No day goes buy without being subjected to ridicule in a public briefing, or yelling that can be heard over the 60Kw generators. The air stinks of doom. Every day is a special report to the RDC of Hell. There are VMI grads among them, much to my chagrin. I am equally embarrassed, as a Soldier Emeritus, to learn of the Army’s on-going deception when dealing with the Washington Post in its expose’ of toxic leaders in DoD. The Army mentioned it promoted competence over likability, and [...]
Put me down as a “YES.” I happen to agree with this: Anybody who knows anything about the military history of Sikhs knows that they are precisely the people you want in your military. The Sikhs’ version of the Alamo was the Battle of Saragarhi in 1897, in which 21 Sikhs belonging to the 36th Sikh Regiment took on 10,000 Afghan invaders in defense of what was then British India. They fought to the death, inflicting untold damage on the invaders before being wiped out. Suffice it to say that a religion requiring as one of five articles of faith [...]
Amazing story of a fellow alumnus, pressing up the hill of science with extraordinarily noble emulation: From an early age, Lyles said he aspired to be a professional baseball player. He secured a baseball scholarship to Virginia Military Institute, but a shoulder injury put a swift end to that dream. After college, Lyles decided a military career would put him on the right track. He joined the Army in 2003, and deployed twice to Iraq as an infantry officer. Always striving for excellence, Lyles was accepted into the Special Forces Qualification Course in March 2009. “I wanted to work with [...]
“… from a national security standpoint, a large standing army is just a big black hole. Where is that land battle you anticipate? Russia? Iran? The Congo? Go ahead. Defend your Army…” AF A1 may not score points in terms of rhetoric, but the question is a fair one: the American Army, with its large Regular, Reserve, and National Guard components are required to be many things to many people – in this case, the elected and appointed civilians responsible for being in charge of our Army. The Army’s capabilities range anywhere from deploying wherever needed in the world in [...]