Re the upcoming Army RIFs, Parker Longbaugh tossed this over the transom. Not being a member of the US Army, I have no business commenting so I’ll levy the expertise of our three (3) Army brethren plus all of you in commenter land. Thanks for serving your country, Major. Now hit the bricks. Have at it!
Here we are an Army that is too broke to send units to the National Training Center, but now we are going to get a new PT uniform. Please save the Army from the SMA and his uniform foolish. First Tattoos, second a new field uniform, and now this. When will the foolishness end.
So far the shape of the drawdown only affects us the plebeians of the American Warrior Society: the junior and field grade officers, junior Soldiers and Lower Non-Commissioned officers. What I’ve been saying is that the Army has not been serious like the Marine Corps has by offering Early retirement. The current 15 year retirement only pertains to those with enlister and commissioned service. The current Reduction In Force some could say was looked at strategically. I would say that it has not. Just barely has it reached the Field Grade Level. Majors and Lieutenant Colonels just had the OSBs […]
Col (R) MacGregor is arguing that the Army needs to get smaller. Supposedly members of congress are listening. One thing I don’t agree with is the dismantling of the Brigade Combat team. That transformation that took place under Rumsfeld although done very painfully is a good thing. Brigades are self-sustaining. The negative with that in the last decade of war you have not seen Division headquarters actually have to maneuver the entire formation. But what is even more fun is that MacGregor wants to eliminate divisions and make small formations of “Battle Groups,” the description sounds like a BCT to […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]