We are all very aware that there are duds in the ranks of the military—that has been a fact of life since the first military unit was formed. As the U S military prepares to go through a downsizing, I fear that the playing field will not always be level, that the military as an institution will take shortcuts to reduce the ranks and in the process put a black mark on an individual who is not deserving of such a black mark. This article from today’s Washington Post raises concerns. There was a time, when I first came in [...]
From Proceedings, behind a firewall but I’ll copy and paste from the email that was circulating around HQMC today because it’s worth reading: The commandant of the Marine Corps says that a budget-constrained force of 174,000 – but no lower – provides the nation with an amphibious force that balances ongoing operational requirements with crisis-response capabilities, although it assumes increased risk in the event of war. In a 3,000-word essay, published in the November edition of the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings magazine, Gen. Jim Amos argues that national security and economic vitality are intertwined, and both depend on robust naval [...]
From Air Force Times: The 328-page report, released by the Air Force on Oct. 25, stems from a highly publicized Inspector General complaint filed last year by Tech.Sgt. Jennifer Smith, an aviation resource management specialist at Shaw. Smith told Air Force Times in a December interview that she had quietly endured sexual harassment and assault during her 17-year Air Force career because victims who speak out often are retaliated against while their perpetrators go unpunished. Questions– Since a lapse in discipline generally goes hand in hand with degraded combat efficiency, what were these squadrons readiness ratings like? If these squadrons [...]
Seems the shutdown is going to cancel Navy Reserve drill this weekend. I don’t get to go to Florida this month, which is Ok since it is kind of nice right now up here in Michigan. But I miss a month with my folks, and we do have things to do, believe it or not. Of course it all ain’t roses for the Active Component. Navy Times is reporting that folks won’t be advanced, boards won’t meet, and special pays won’t go out. All I can do it wait at this point. Texts and emails have been sent. My CMC [...]
This from the Washington-Post; the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps has fired the two Senior Commanders of Camp Bastion for their failures that allow the base to be successfully attacked. Stunning News–of course one would expect no less from the USMC unlike the Army who promotes them or allows them to retire with their reputations intact.
This is new: gambling. Another Gibbs-slap for the US military’s nuclear community. The Personnel Reliability Program exists for a good reason. Question being: is this a recent bad habit, or has the admiral been having issues for a while?
People acclaim the Great Leader, but behind every MacArthur and Boudicca is an able deputy who maintains unity of effort, tying together the minutiae of communications, logistics (the very unsexy aspects of human endeavors) as well intelligence which permit tactical leaders to excel. Not to take away from the pile-on loading up on General Peay, who should retire, but what about the personnel who support the Superintendent and carry out not only the core mission of education, but also the programs, projects, and out-of-scope (issues, events and people that fall outside of laws, regulations, the VMI Blue Book) matters? Napoleon’s success [...]
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 [...]
Most, if not all cadets receive blocks of instruction in the art of taking responsibility. Taking an unearned privilege earns a rat a trip to the RDC. For upper classfolk, there’s the class system and jealously guarded privileges. You don’t see a Third wearing a class ring (unless s/he is an Academic Third). Outside of the Corps of Cadets, there’s the Commandant and his or her assistant, and for the direst of offenses, such as the one in which my own mentor managed to write 4 rules to the Blue Book, there is the Superintendent. Whatever happens, you survive. A [...]
The title comes from a comment made by RD6, in response made 8 weeks ago to Townie76′s post on Army Functional Area 59. RD6 hit the nail on the head. The direct quote is: Fact: DoJ, DoS and FBI have already figured it out;They just take our ancient ways of Inept personnel management and wait to be presented the next brillliant volunteer. One takeaway of the situation in Syria is the absence of strategic thinkers dedicated to America’s well-being. The absence can be noted by the many questions centering on the immediate impact on America – and by the lack [...]