Who shall guard our Guardians?

The Pentagon, never known for having having two neurons firing in sequence, is back at failing to understand a fundamental concept of warfare: selection of the battlefield. Now the Pentagon is actively aiding IS in winning that fight. Prompted by shootings at military facilities in the US, Americans have started showing up at military recruiting offices to stand guard with handguns and rifles. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the Defense Department appreciated the “outpouring of support” but warned that the volunteers might do more harm than good. “We ask that individuals not stand guard at recruiting offices as it could […]

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 […]

Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to all, especially those who have to put the tray down and grab the binos… (Lifted from FB.)

The Burden of War

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 […]

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 […]

Rest in Peace, A10 the “Hog”

There are two articles I recommend every ground pounder, Army and Marine Corps read.  The first at the Washington Post is about opposition to the retirement of the A10 “Hog” and the second over at Harper’s touching on the same subject, where the author Andrew Cockburn, who concludes: As I explain in my Harper’s feature, the Air Force’s decision to junk the A-10 while retaining the B-1 and the even more unwieldy B-52 bombers for close air support may seem inexplicable, but it is in reality quite logical. The service owes its independence from the army to its success in […]

Firearms Friday: A Lot of Gun for a (Potentially) Small Price

$10 raffle tickets, for a shot at a $12k piece of gear: Not a bad deal at all. And a good cause too.   (In the interest of full disclosure, we have no interest in this… except that we’re interested in it!)

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

It’s right around midnight here in the Occupied Territories of Northern Virginia. (Where, O Where, is John Mosby when we need him??) On behalf of COL Hank, DaveO, BullNav and young Mr Slater, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2014. This goes double for the boys (and girls) overseas, especially our fellow VMI alumni. May this time next year see them all home, safe and sound, wreathed with the laurels of victory. Lastly– someone’s bringing gifts to RC(SW)… GOOD STORY.

On the Shut-Down and Religious Ministry

Lots of conflicting items in the news on chaplains and contract chaplains being allowed or not allowed to celebrate Mass on military bases during the shut-down. This came in today, from– A regular reader of this blog A VMI graduate A retired Marine officer A fellow FPF Training graduate A deacon in the Roman Catholic Church Everything the [Archbishop] and his lawyer said are in all the op ed pieces -contract priests forbidden to celebrate Mass, baptisms, etc. The House passed a resolution, Senate sat on it, etc. But I can tell you that I have a priest friend (Franciscan) […]

“Sketching the Drawdown”

By way of the great Mike Fay, here is part 6 in a series of combat art pieces by free-lance artist and former Marine Rob Bates in Afghanistan. A sample: