Dunford and Selva versus SQUIRREL!

There’s a sweeping transition happening at the highest level of American military leadership, and two of the new kids on the block – the nominees for chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — are already shaking things up. … “Is that opinion held by most of our military upper echelon?” asked Senator Joe Manchin, (Democrat, West Virginia) “We’re not hearing an awful lot of dialogue about this relationship or lack of relationship, and now two of our top people who basically are on the verge of being nominated to lead our military forces have identified it, […]

Marines seek ocean-going Uber to provide sea-Lyft

Faced with a shortage of U.S. Navy ships, the Marine Corps is exploring a plan to deploy its forces aboard foreign vessels to ensure they can respond quickly to global crises around Europe and western Africa. The initiative is a stopgap way to deploy Marines aboard ships overseas until more American vessels are available, said Brig. Gen. Norman Cooling, deputy commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa. Meanwhile, guess who’s been press-ganged into falsifying climate information, just like NASA! I’m so old I remember when NASA’s core competency was science. Will I live to be old to remember when our […]

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 […]

Dystopian drama

10 things you should know about Memorial Day. The L.A. Times notes the growing division between people who live in America and the people who make up our military. Does anyone know of a military so similarly remote from society, and without a superior virture ethic, that didn’t just take over?       “Do-overs don’t happen in real life,” said Gregory Diacogiannis, 30, who served as an army sniper in Baghdad trying to spot militants laying roadside bombs and chased high-value targets in the city of Baqouba. “I have trouble with the question itself just because it lends itself to […]

“Pressure Grows on Marines…”

“Pressure Grows on Marines to Consider Lowering Combat Standards for Women.” We report, you decide. I predict General Dunford– who is no “Pontius Pilot“– will stand firm. We can’t afford not to. Question for the American People: Do you want the Marines to be ready when the Nation is least ready? READY, not just willing? Because combat is not for the faint of heart; when it comes we will need forces ready for the challenge, and there won’t be time to re-tool. If your answer is “Yes,” let the Commandant train, organize and equip us for combat. On a related […]

“May I Kiss You?”

More politically correct idiocy corroding the once-great American armed forces, courtesy of our loyal harbinger of doom, USMC0802: An issue that could “dramatically affect” the mission of the United States Armed Forces is telling soldiers when it is okay to kiss a girl. The Air Force is the latest branch to employ the services of Mike Domitrz, a speaker and author known for his “May I Kiss You?” training session, to teach service members about consent and sexual assault prevention. I’m sorry to see that Marines were involved too. To what end? How does this make our forces more ready […]

More Untoward Goings-On

Ragnar Lothbrok and Parker Longbaugh and USMC0802 have recently sent me a raft of depressing links to evidence of the continuing decline in the state of VMI and the Department of Defense. The items on VMI I cannot bring myself to post, I’m sorry to say– call me a coward– but I will put up the one from USMC0802: Just as we have seen with African-Americans, women, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, an important piece of the equal rights fight in the United States is allowing people who were previously denied access to the military in — […]

Death to the Invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles

Clearly the greatest threat we face. God help us.  

Why does the Marine Corps Maintain the Standard?

I happen to be a tried and true Cavalryman that loves his jarhead friends to death.  I never wanted to be a Marine, but with how the Army is pursuing the integration of women into the teeth of her fighting force tells me so much.  Women only make up 14% of the Soldiers in the Army, so what is the point? The Marine Corps will not degrade the standards, but they will allow women to join them.  So far, no women have it made it past week 3 at IOC. The Army seems to want their test to be Ranger […]

A fable on why information network security matters

Fabulists are writers of fables. A fable is story that drives home Very Important Lessons to be learned by the reader and listener. Fabulists work in three locations: Broadway, Hollywood, and Washington, DC. Last week the news was of Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email network to conduct Official Government Business. Given the nature of Hillary’s job, Secretary of State, and that she was given access to the most highly classified information in the US of A in order to conduct her job, there are Very Important Lessons to be learned here. I know Hillary’s Fixers have begun a defense, and the […]