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 […]

Fish rot from the head: Senior Officers Behaving Badly

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] […]

Rules for Leading

Very interesting article over at Military Times on exceptional leaders.  The writer is a recently retired Air Force Brigadier General, writing about what he was taught by his last boss in the military, General Joseph Dunford.  When you follow the link, I was particularly struck by the fact that as Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, General Dunford allowed himself to be pictured taking the Combat Physical Fitness test.  That is leadership by example.

Commandant’s Guidance

Whoever is the next CSA should take a page from General Dunford’s play book and provide guidance to the force.  Here is what the 36th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps said about orders (see entire guidance attached)2015CPG_Color: “Mission tactics serve as a contract between senior and subordinate. The senior agrees to provide subordinates with the support necessary to help accomplish their missions but without unnecessarily prescribing their actions. The senior is obligated to provide the guidance that allows subordinates to exercise proper judgment and initiative. The subordinate is obligated to act in conformity with the intent of the senior. The subordinate agrees […]

How the Sergeant Major Stole Christmas

I have to say this was pretty cool from the guys over at We Are the Mighty.  May all of you have a happy Christmas.

A Man worth Following

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 […]

HQDA and Congress need to stop

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 […]

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 […]

Douglas MacGregor: Make the Army even smaller!

Col (R) MacGregor is arguing that the Army needs to get smaller.  Supposedly members of congress are listening.  One thing I don’t agree with is the dismantling of the Brigade Combat team.  That transformation that took place under Rumsfeld although done very painfully is a good thing.  Brigades are self-sustaining.  The negative with that in the last decade of war you have not seen Division headquarters actually have to maneuver the entire formation.  But what is even more fun is that MacGregor wants to eliminate divisions and make small formations of “Battle Groups,”  the description sounds like a BCT to […]

Deserters: CPL Wassef Ali Hassoun surfaces.

Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, who has been declared a deserter on two separate occasions a decade ago, has turned himself in to U.S. custody and will face charges, the Marines confirmed. The 34-year-old arrived in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday and is scheduled to go Monday to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where his case will be adjudicated, according to a Marine spokesman. He had been in the Middle East, the spokesman said. I must say summer is a crazy time of year.  Bring one home and another wants to come back.  Should he be found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty […]