The Army Has a Credibility Problem

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

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 […]

Budgetary Corruption and Missing Recruiting Goals

Is there a link between the putrescence of corruption and young folk not enlisting? The contradiction is the legacy of an emergency war fund, started in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that has become a favorite Washington way to sidestep the impact of fiscal constraints on military spending. The Overseas Contingency Operations account, or OCO, has been tapped to fund tens of billions of dollars in programs with questionable links, or none, to wars, according to current and former U.S. officials, analysts and budget documents. The mutation of the fund’s original purpose has long been tolerated by […]

The problem with Sergeants Major

As Townie has pointed in several posts, the latest of which is found here, the Sergeant Major of the Army is making yet another go at something he has zero clue about. The problem is not the uniform selection – it is that we have Sergeants Major, not Senior Enlisted Advisors. Sergeant Major is a rank of great respect, and outside of a brigade, there is no one more useless than a Sergeant Major. We make them feel special with the additional “Command” in their rank. But once removed from direct contact with soldiers, the E-9 has no purpose, no […]

Dear Sergeant Major of the Army

It was recently reported in Army Times (a journal not necessarily know for accuracy!) that the new Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA) Dailey wants to bring back the Ike Jacket.  Please read my Dear Sergeant Major Daily Letter below and you will know where I stand. Sergeant Major of the Army Dailey: I appreciate your desire to leave an indelible mark on the United States Army but I don’t think you want to be the SMA that gives us the Ike Jacket. I am a retired Colonel, which means I have an opinion and it probably stinks just like […]

The Return of the Hollow Force

As the youngest of us here on Op-For, I remain in service to Columbia. I signed that dotted line prior to my rat year at VMI, the War in Iraq was at its height, the surge going into full swing and there was an initiative from President Bush Called “Grow the Army.”  “Grow the Army” the Army reached a height of 570,000 Soldiers.  We all thought then, that all of us would be going to war.  Many of us have, yet most of us have not.  I would say we’re both lucky in different ways. There was an officer in […]

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 […]