Matriculation Day

Happy  Matriculation Day!   Unlike some of the group I am a firm believer that they need to re-integrate more adversarial interactions during the rat-line, it can still be professional.  And if a Shit Eating Third or dumb Second crosses the line, then give them con pro and a 10-6-30.  But it is the hardest school, that puts out the best products, VMI graduates are akin to Demascus Steel, continuously beaten on the anvil and hardened.

What Ike Jacket and a Service Cap Looks Like

According to Army Times the new SMA Dailey poll has found overwhelming support for outfitting the  Army with an Ike Jacket and for E7 and above the Army Service Cap. If that happens then our Senior NCOs and Officers will look like this fellow.  Even the USAF will be more military looking!  Somebody please get the SMA out of the fashion business.    

August 2, 1990

On this day in 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, within a few days, VMI alumni in the 82nd and USMC were standing as a thin shield in the desert. The defense of Saudi Arabia, retaking of Kuwait and defeat of Hussein was part of a continuum of combat experienced by VMI alumni of the 1980s and 1990s. There was Grenada. Then Panama in December of 1989. With Noriega’s capture and the collapse of the Soviet Empire, also known as the Warsaw Pact, some VMI Keydets wondered if they’d ever see combat. Then came August 2, 1990. Followed by Somalia and […]

The Civilian Army in Our Midst

Congress authorizes our end strength, and the Services do what they are told.  We haven’t had a strong voiced service Chief in the Army since Shinseki told Rumsfeld you couldn’t invade Iraq with a “whambam thank you ma’am” strategy.  Which is what they attempted to do. . .many issues followed the invasion to be discussed ad nauseum later. But I came across this article in the Wall Street Journal that talks about how the civilian DoD work force has just exploded in support of the military.  Yet our troop numbers are beginning to dwindle, and the guys that wear suits […]

The Return of the Hollow Force

As the youngest of us here on Op-For, I remain in service to Columbia. I signed that dotted line prior to my rat year at VMI, the War in Iraq was at its height, the surge going into full swing and there was an initiative from President Bush Called “Grow the Army.”  “Grow the Army” the Army reached a height of 570,000 Soldiers.  We all thought then, that all of us would be going to war.  Many of us have, yet most of us have not.  I would say we’re both lucky in different ways. There was an officer in […]

Last True Son of a Confederate Veteran Dies in Georgia

Over at the Atlanta Journal Constitution the report of the death of the last Son of a Confederate Veteran in Georgia.

Okay So It Not Military–But for JPP and I This is Important 611 at Manassas VA

Flight of the Wild Geese

Mustapha Sejari, one of the rebels already approved for the U.S. training program, told The Daily Beast that he and his 1,000 men are on the verge of withdrawing from the program. The issue: the American government’s demand that the rebels can’t use any of their newfound battlefield prowess or U.S.-provided weaponry against the army of Bashar al-Assad or any of its manifold proxies and allies, which include Iranian-built militias such as Lebanese Hezbollah. They must only fight ISIS, Washington insists. [emphases by author] Didn’t we learn the downside of creating mercenary armies when the CIA fought the Congolese? Who […]

Maintaining the Standard-The Final Eight Fail

You know? For a significant amount of time I believed the Army would fail in this experiment.  How do I define failure?  Failure would be degrading the standards of the school in order for a female Soldier to pass.  I thought that bringing in and the eventual train up of female O/Cs told Ranger Training Brigade that they were on notice for their Army Values.  That the quality of leadership within this Army would continue to diminish.  No female Soldier passed Darby phase (8 recycled, they failed a second time). I could go on a rant about what I think […]

Time to play a round of Jeopardy!

Colonel Steve Warren, ’89, gets to play Jeopardy with the press. The answer is “Anthrax.” And the question is? Meanwhile, just in time for summer vacay, another Jeopardy answer is “Airplane.” And that question is? Teso has demonstrated that you don’t even need a computer to hi-jack a plane remotely. A smartphone equipped with an app called PlaneSploit, which Teso himself developed, could be enough. In theory cyber-terrorists could use such an app, or something similar, to take over a plane’s steering system and, in a worst-case scenario, cause the plane to crash. [emphasis by author] Lastly, a more Sherlockian […]