How to Break An Officer-Bump

Young officers are like moldable clay; they take lessons to heart fast.  Some of them will be amazing, most will be good, and then you will have a lot of bad.  It is easy for them to become enraptured by their own image when they’re doing well; it is even easier for them to fall flat on their face.  How do I know this?  I’ve been there.  When a new officer comes into the FORCE/FLEET he needs to be embraced by the battalion and company level organizations he is a part of.  In the Army we tend to have a […]

“Diversity Thursday”

Get your rage-o-meters plugged in. How about an “action team” that’s dedicated to sweeping the seas of America’s enemies? No way– too radical. Nope. Never happen. I wonder if the P.L.A.N. has diversity action groups? Time will tell.

Taking Responsibility

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 […]

Stray Voltage

On the 18th of April in seventy-five Hardly a Man is Now Alive Who Remembers that famous date and year Of the Mid-night Ride of Paul Revere Stray Voltage Over at Defense News retired Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General Loh argues for the elimination of duplication as a means of achieving true service interdependence.  What he really means is Army, Navy, and USMC give up you aircraft the USAF will take care of you.  I know what that means, just like the Army gave up the C27 to the USAF only to see them cancel it […]

And There You Have It

I suppose this is the new normal. “Normal.” Right. You know which country’s military is NOT holding gay pride festivals? China. They’re not interested, I daresay. Not interested in gay pride, or Black History Month or Left-Handed Presbyterian Heritage Month or any of that other horseshit. They’re interested in beating us. And they’re working assiduously at it. One day we’ll rue our utter foolishness, and wish we could turn back the clock.

Independence and Liberty

Independence Day greetings to all my fellow Americans! (And a word of apology– I had wanted to have this up before now, but the unforeseen decline and death of my beloved cat set me back a bit.) Today we commemorate the giant leap forward in the human political condition that was the signing of the Declaration of Independence. MMM today has the full text of the document; PLEASE read it, especially the point by point indictment of King George III and his “long train of abuses and usurpations.” Beautiful words, and as true today as they were then. Abuses and […]

Why We Should Do Nothing About Libya!

I am no fan of the actions of the mad man Colonel who runs Libya.  He is crazy like a fox.  Despite what Eugene Robinson and others say, it is none of the US business what happens in Libya.  We can’t nor should we intervene in the internal affairs of every country whose leader who unleashes his forces against the citizens of that nation.  The best thing the US can do is to sit back do and say nothing–except for getting American citizens out of Libya–that is our only interest.  Until Gaddafi does something that truly threatens the National Security […]

Spoiled Brats

From the New York Post an Army veteran heckled an Army Veteran over the question of whether ROTC should be allowed back on the Columbia Unviersity Campus. I have a suggestion, lets revoke all federal student loans, grant and research money; pull all Army Officers studing in their graduate school and their law school out of Columbia.  Then let the spoiled bastards both students and faculty who suck off the public teat figure out how to pay for their elite Ivy League Education.  As for the military officers studying there, I am sure DoD can find a good University that will […]

Right Scrutiny, Wrong Target

We had a good laugh about this the other day. Not, as you might guess, about the unfortunate Mr Greene, but more about some of the lines from his evals, which I think ought to make most military folks laugh, because, well, we all know someone like that. “COLUMBIA, S.C. — Surprise U.S. Senate nominee Alvin Greene frequently mentions his 13 years of military service, but records obtained Thursday by The Associated Press show that the veteran who has called himself an “American hero” was considered a lackluster service member at best. “The records, which document his superiors’ decisions to […]

Bob Herbert

I rarely agree with Bob Herbert of the New York Times while a very knowledgeable man, I find his trendy liberalism hard to take—most of the time. However, there are occasional exceptions, today’s piece by Herbert entitled “A Fearful Price” is one of them (New York Times, December 8, 2009. Page 37). Before commenting on his commentary, here are two quotes from his piece: “The idea that fewer than 1 percent of Americans are being called on to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq and that we’re sending them into combat again and again and again—for three tours, four tours, five […]