Blow the whistle on thee, but not on Me

Blow the whistle on thee, but not on Me has become a major theme of the Obama administration. What is getting lost in the Army’s dishonorable drive to seek revenge on LTC Jason Amerine is that whistleblowing serves a protective, learning purpose: expose a problem, correct it and learn from it. Back when the Army was an organization of honor, it was dedicated to learning. Look back at every war, police action, and peace-making and the Army had its head handed to it by the enemy. The enemy never rolled over, but he did die – after the Army painfully exposed […]

I Am Confused

Over at USA Today there is an article on the Army’s new Combat Uniform.  It goes to great lengths to explain that Commanders will not be permitted to require their soldiers to buy the new uniform just to be “uniformed.”  I don’t worry about Commanders, I do worry about Command Sergeants Majors! Now I am also confused, given there isn’t much change in the uniform why do we need new T Shirts, Belts (particularly since they are hidden by the uniform), and boots that are a new shade of brown.  What shade brown is it “shit brown.” While this whole […]

Maintaining the Standard-The Final Eight Fail

You know? For a significant amount of time I believed the Army would fail in this experiment.  How do I define failure?  Failure would be degrading the standards of the school in order for a female Soldier to pass.  I thought that bringing in and the eventual train up of female O/Cs told Ranger Training Brigade that they were on notice for their Army Values.  That the quality of leadership within this Army would continue to diminish.  No female Soldier passed Darby phase (8 recycled, they failed a second time). I could go on a rant about what I think […]

Marine Corps IOC ends female integration program

Over the past three years under pressure from Congress to integrate women into the teeth of America’s fighting Force, the Marine Corps at the fore front opened the Infantry Officer Course at MCB Quantico to female volunteers.  The last two volunteers were dropped on 2 APR 15, Day 1 for this iteration of IOC.  Of the 90 men that began that day, 9 were also dropped due to their score on the Combat Endurance Course. Unlike IBOLC at Ft Benning the first day of IOC at MCB Quantico begins with the Combat Endurance Course, just so you know, the “E […]

Shrek Gets It Wrong.

Shrek gets it wrong again. He says the Army is at historical readiness lows. It ain’t, it may be from his perspective as he doesn’t remember the bad years when he first came in the Army—because he was assigned to units who always got what they wanted. His first assignment in the Army was in Germany and a Field Artillery Brigade—I guarantee you that in the 70’s Germany got everything it wanted when they wanted particularly the Field Artillery Brigades. His next assignment was to XVIII Corps Artillery. I have been around the Army almost as long as Shrek—and I […]

War What Is It Good For? It Allows the Army to Fight With the National Guard and Once Again Lose.

Aviation Restructuring Initiative or ARI is the Army’s program to right size it aviation assets.  It involves the getting rid of the OH58, replacing the Trainer at Fort Rucker with Lakota’s (which were bought for the Guard by General Coty), taking the AH64s out of the Guard, and transferring UH60A (the earliest model and most expensive to operate) to the Army Guard.  In order to accomplish this the Army is separating 350 Warrants Officers who OH58 pilots, has began the process of removing the OH58s out the active day formation, begun moving Lakota’s from the Guard and moving them to Fort […]

Identity and Brand Management

When it comes to Identity and Brand Management, no one beats the United States Marine Corps. Many nations have their own units of Marines, or if Naval Infantry. Some of them fall into the “Badass” range: Royal [British] Marines and the Royal Dutch Marines come to mind. But they are not United States Marines. With their tailored midnight blue jackets with the choker collar, quatre foil hats or red piping, or the new Marpat and the ageless 8-corner fatigue caps, you know the wearer is a United States Marine. Billboards up and down the American highways remind wannabemarines that a United […]

Really, Really, Why do we need New Colored Boots and T Shirts

It is bad enough that the Army is once again changing it Camo Pattern, but apparently they are also going to change the color of the boots and t shirts.  I have a suggestion to the CSA, do not allow the Sergeant Major of the Army to have anything to do with uniforms, other than wearing his own.  The Army has spend more in changing its uniforms over the last twenty years and still no one is happy.  Changing uniforms cost money–real money–usually out of the soldiers pockets.  Think about the 2nd and 3rd order effects.

Shakespeare, Updated

Lawfare: an experience in which an untrained, inexperienced attorney takes effective command and control of battle management away from men and women who’ve been doing combat for years. My experience with lawfare began with having my own personal lawyer assigned to me began in 1997, during my second rotation to Bosnia. I was the DivArty’s Targeting Officer and Field Artillery Intelligence Officer, and Plans Officer. Maybe it was the look in my eye that scared the CG, or maybe it was my boredom. There wasn’t a whole lot to do in Tusla Main even with Clinton White House interns running […]

SMA Leads By Example

SMA Chandler practicing what he preaches…