The Army Could F^&K Up a Nocturnal Emission in a House of Ill Repute

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 […]

When Will the Army Learn, When Will the Army Learn?

I am not surprised that it has come to this.  Having served in the Regular Army, the Army National Guard, and the United States Army Reserve I am well aware of the fear and loathing by the Regular Army and the Army National Guard towards each other. It is hardly a state secret that many Regular Army types do not care for the Reserve Components and in particular the Army National Guard.  For four years as a Department of the Army Civilian I had to listen to the Regular Army Colonel constantly put down the “fat National Guard and Reservists, […]

The Army 200 Years of Tradition; Unfazed by New Ideas or Progress

I have recently discovered a new military blog “War on the Rocks” which has some fascinating articles on National Defense. Colonel (RET) Robert Killebrew has a great article on the problem facing the Army in the era of declining budgets. http://warontherocks.com/2013/12/getting-to-the-armys-better-argument/ In his article he makes a number of salient points.  First, the Chief of Staff or his spokesmen have to better explain the facts. Particularly with the sequester’s impact on readiness, 490,000 troops doesn’t give the U.S. that much rapidly-available combat power in addition to the logistics base about which Dr. Schake is rightly concerned.  As opposed to the […]

Hold on to Your Scabbards… For Now

Some of you have written in about THIS recent article: The U.S. Army War College, which molds future field generals, has begun discussing whether it should remove its portraits of Confederate generals — including those of Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Nestled in rural Pennsylvania on the 500-acre Carlisle Barracks, the war college is conducting an inventory of all its paintings and photographs with an eye for rehanging them in historical themes to tell a particular Army story. I ran it past one of my Brother Rats who is, even as we speak, a student at the War College […]

Another view on How Officers Should Be Commissioned

Townie’s post on How Officers Should Be Commissioned is a must read as America moves through the post-war pattern of downsizing the Army. Townie and I have been having this discussion on this site and via email for the last two years. Our Army, and by extension all of our military and uniformed services have reached a disturbing state. While it may prove impossible to restore a Constitutionally-aligned force, we should still examine how to maintain the band of combat/tactical excellence, and improve the Operational and Strategic leadership. My response to Townie’s post and Slater’s ripose was too long, and therefore, […]

Stray Shots from Across the Net–Thursday Edition

Stray Shots From Around the Web.  I took three days of leave this week, I was suppose to go to Pennsylvania on some personnel business, however my wife’s mother is ill so instead I put her on an airplane.  So I have had time to wander the web so to speak in the morning and find some interesting articles as I drink coffee and eat breakfast while I take care of our eleven cats (yes I said eleven we are the crazy cat people at the end of the cul du sac)  and two dogs. Item 1:  Our USAF Missile […]

Stray Shots from Across the Net

I haven’t done this in awhile, but scattering of articles gathered from across the Internet on all things military. Item 1:  This just proves that most in the Army are ham fisted when it comes to anything to do with dealing with Congress or the media.  An email sent to two people dealing with the opening of roles for women, is then forwarded to every Public Affairs Officer in TRADOC.  Did not the recipient before he hit send think about what he was doing?  Does it pass the Washington Post test (in this case the Politico test), will it stay […]

Kabul Hospital Whistleblower Starts to Get a Little Vindication

GW’64 sent in a link to this (ongoing, disgraceful) story, and offered the following commentary: Recently, MSNBC broke a story about unspeakable conditions at Dawood Military Hospital in Kabul. It seems (surprise, surprise) that a thoroughly-corrupt Afghan administration has systematically pillaged the hospital of its medications, supplies, and equipment, to the point that patients – mostly wounded Afghan service members – are literally starving, uncared for, untreated, or stunningly mal-treated. Of course, the stolen stuff was all paid for by the American taxpayers. But that’s not the worst of it: It seems army Major General  Gary Patton was actively involved […]

Christians and Extremists

Christians are no longer considered extremists by the US Army, anyway. The memo just says ‘certain groups,’ so that leaves the definition of  just who these certain groups are open to political interpretation. And just at the start of the 2014 mid-term election season. Coincidence? Without doubt, the special interest group mentioned in paragraph 1,  the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation will keep a watchful eye for any outbreaks of Christian faith among those we charge with the taking of life, or the willing sacrifice of their own life. And raising lots of cash on the fears of […]

Army Camodoggle

The Beast, which is rapidly becoming my favorite on-line news source, has a great story about the 5 Billion wasted on the Universal Camouflage Pattern only to replaced less than ten years later with not one but three Multi-Cam versions of a field uniform. I have to wonder if the real waste is every service having their own field or as the navy calls them “Aquaflage” uniforms? I know the USMC is very proud of their service to our nation, as they should be, and part of that pride is a unique MARPAT uniform.  I have never met a Marine […]