From NPR, the almost definitive guide to the language of the troops.
Now step forward, you may serve your country by informing on your friends, oh wait, when you get caught you’ll get kicked out. Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to hunt for misconduct among students. Cadets who attend the publicly-funded academy near Colorado Springs must pledge never to lie. But the program pushes some to do just that: Informants are told to deceive classmates, professors and commanders while snapping photos, wearing recording devices and filing secret reports. For one former academy [...]
My good friend, Dr. Steve Newton (Ph.D History and retired Master Sergeant VaARNG) has written a provocative post over at his blog site the Delaware Libertarian. Please read his article and comment, this is worthy of a good discussion.
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 [...]
But $8.5 trillion disappears? Time for tar and feathers, at the least.
From today’s Foreign Policy Situation Brief: The Early Bird is dead and Steve Warren is the one who shot it down. The Early Bird, the compendium of news stories distributed each day to DOD officials, other government officials and journalists since 1948, is gone, Situation Report has learned. The Bird, which had ceased publication due to the shutdown, never made a comeback after the government opened and Col. Steve Warren, who heads the Pentagon’s press operations, had said it was under review. Insiders knew it was on life support, but it was Warren who wanted the plug pulled. The Bird, which [...]
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 [...]
Just what we needed. WASHINGTON — Jo Ann Rooney, a former university president and Massachusetts financial attorney with two years’ experience in the Pentagon, has been nominated to become undersecretary of the Navy, the No. 2 position in the Navy Department. If confirmed by the Senate, Rooney would succeed Bob Work, who resigned in the spring to return to private life [and to being the fucking weirdo that he is, trust me I've sat in meetings with him -- LtCol P]. More and more, as day after day passes, I believe that the national leadership is essentially unserious about leadership [...]
I wrote this email to my three congress critters today and thought I’d share: I’m writing on the topic of Syria, as we keep moving warships off the Syrian Coast I would like you to make an observation. 5 DDGs are currently on station, and then a portion of the Nimitz battle group is now moving towards the Mediterranean Sea. Being a student of grand strategy myself I ask you to look and find your constituents what the interests are of us having already supported the rebels, many of whom are our enemies. Extremists, terrorists and Islamists. Bashar Al Assad [...]