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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
And a dangerous idiot, too.
Reader RDL sent this in with the comment, “What is it about life above the BG level where they seem to go all wobbly? I’ve read Dooley’s course materials and from an academic stand-point (this was a war college course right?) it really didn’t seem that out there to me. What say you?” Political correctness is always petty, often infuriating, and sometimes does no permanent harm. But occasionally it’s a threat to the nation’s security. When a paperclip general at the Pentagon surrenders to the enemy at the first sound of the popguns, the harm can be permanent. Gen. Martin [...]
Not from DuffelBlog, but I wish it was: “Time to curb unintended military pregnancies” A new study in the February 2013 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that “eleven percent of [military] women reported an unintended pregnancy in the prior 12 months,” and that this trend grew worse from 2005 to 2008. These findings, combined with the added knowledge that repeated studies have demonstrated low rates of contraception use by servicewomen of reproductive age, clearly delineate an area in need of focused attention by the Defense Department’s Military Health System. Remedy of this situation is prudent, not only as a [...]
Talk about losing sight of the objective. She took a slot in that class that could have been filled by someone dedicated to being a soldier and an officer. Oh, wait– he might have been Jesus-obsessed. Can’t have that. Fire away.