Over the past three years under pressure from Congress to integrate women into the teeth of America’s fighting Force, the Marine Corps at the fore front opened the Infantry Officer Course at MCB Quantico to female volunteers. The last two volunteers were dropped on 2 APR 15, Day 1 for this iteration of IOC. Of the 90 men that began that day, 9 were also dropped due to their score on the Combat Endurance Course. Unlike IBOLC at Ft Benning the first day of IOC at MCB Quantico begins with the Combat Endurance Course, just so you know, the “E […]
Hoping this an April Fools’ Day joke. If so, XBradTC got me.
Clearly the greatest threat we face. God help us.
Commander Sal straddles the target with his main battery and scores multiple hits on Diversity Thursday. As someone who from MIDN days supported women serving wherever they physically and realistically could, this torques me off, as it gives the “I told you so” crowd all the negative stereotype fodder they need. Of what do I speak? Well, if you haven’t eaten yet – you may want to hold off. If you have a spray shield for your computer, you may want to go get it. Set aside some time and read the entire thing. Do you know who doesn’t believe […]
Earlier today Townie directed us to an article praising Commandant of the Marine Corps General Dunford. It was good to see the general performing the physical fitness test. From the looks of things, being a leader AND a flag officer are becoming mutually exclusive. From XBradTC: If naval officers were guilty of bribery or other misconduct, by all means, haul them in front of a court martial or a federal court. But do not allow the process to become the punishment, particularly when that process is fouling the duties of others with no direct connection to the scandal. [emphasis added by author] […]
Yesterday Senator James Webb announced an exploratory bid for the presidency. I honestly never thought of him as a Candidate for the job. The reality is that the bench on the Democratic side is extraordinarily slim. The Republicans have a few guys I’d take a look at. Many of you might recall him as the combat boot wearing candidate who ran for the Virginia Senate seat. Although it was in solidarity of his son who was deployed at the time. Webb, a Marine, is a Combat Veteran of Vietnam who was award for conspicuous gallantry on numerous occasions, an accomplished […]
Good article over at the Daily Telegraph on life aboard a Royal Navy Monitor during the Gallipoli campaign.
Any time something about race in the military comes up I amped up. This most recent article about the Army wanting to make the military and really the officer-corps more cosmopolitan gets my dander up. Why Slater, why would you say that? Well, when they first hit the nail “they,” and whoever “they” are is the enemy, talk about the percentage of black officers within the Army. The truth is, you can’t force an all-volunteer force into being something unless you make racial quotas and deny folks that are qualified for folks that are unqualified. That’s how you get things […]
Falleth not upon the Soldier, or Marine, or Sailor, or Airman. But on the people who sent him to that beach without water. Here‘s an interesting article by Sebastian Junger who has spent much of his journalistic career embedded among Soldiers to tell their story. The Soldier. . .is a tool. When you hammer a nail as you build a bed frame, what take responsibility for it? The hammer? I would say no. It must be the person hammering the nail. To that effect, the Soldier is a tool, he should not bear the majority of the pain or blame […]
15 September 1950. Amphibious landing, the way it ought to be done– a stunning stroke of operational art. Could we do it today? Not on that scale, we don’t have the amphib lift, nor do I think we have the true capability, even adjusting for improvements in ships and weapons systems. Check me if I’m wrong but be sure to justify your answer.