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Culture of Conformity

By lex, on August 9th, 2011

An interesting article on the Army’s “culture of conformity” submitted by occasional reader Red which may shed some light on what the authors believe is a long-running and systemic inability of the elder service’s officer corps to adapt to changing conditions:

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Corporate Army

By lex, on June 28th, 2011

After 9/11, the Army directed its Pentagon troops wear combat utilities even in the button-downed hallways of the Five-Sided Wind Tunnel. The reasoning was to emphasize that even those in the rear were a part of the Global War on Terror.

Farewell to all that:

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Hoo-ah!

By Lex, on July 17, 2008

 

No better friend: *

It took Sgt. Michael Espejo Jr. a moment to realize that the injured Afghan policeman he was dragging away from a burning truck was no policeman at all.

He had one of the man’s arms draped over his shoulder and felt an odd bulk under his Afghan National Police shirt. Some new body armor, maybe?

And then he noticed the wire coming out of the sleeve and the switch device in the man’s hand.

A suicide bomber — in his arms

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Surprised he didn’t do TDY at Leavenworth…

The Army can’t MAKE you do anything. It can make you WISH you hadn’t done it…

—-Drill Sgt Claiborne, Ft Ord, CA Sep ’72

The results of the soldier who deliberately sabotaged the parachute rigging dropping the HUMVEES in Germany...

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What The Panel Wants

Posted by lex, on March 18th, 2011

A congressional commission wants a US military that “looks like America“:

Just as the U.S. military is indoctrinating troops to accept open gays in their ranks, a federal commission is pressing the Pentagon to make the force more diverse by, among other ideas, opening infantry and armor units to women…

The commission says it wants the military to resemble the ethnic makeup of America. It is urging the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force to “validate” the standards – such as education, test scores, criminal records and drug use – that disqualify large numbers of blacks and Hispanics.

“Racial/ethnic minorities are less likely to meet eligibility requirements than are non-Hispanic whites, and that gap is widening,” the report says.

The commission said women should be allowed into male-only land combat units to “create a level playing field” in promotions “for all service members who meet the qualifications.”

I’m sort of confused which comes first: Do we eliminate the qualification standards before we promote by  grievance group, quota, or vice versa?

Because if our first priority is to be a federal jobs program rather than fight and win the nation’s wars, it’s terribly important that we get the sequencing right.

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OER Process

Posted by Lex, on February 13, 2011

 

The Wall Street Journal finds some flaws in the way that officers are officially evaluated in the US Army:

The same (Major Nidal) Hasan who set off silent alarms in his supervisors—the Psychiatric Residency Program Director at Walter Reed was one of them—would garner only plaudits in the official written evaluations at the time. He was commended in these as a “star officer,” one focused on “illuminating the role of culture and Islamic faith within the Global War on Terrorism.” One supervisor testified, “His unique interests have captured the interest and attention of peers and mentors alike.” No single word of criticism or doubt about Hasan ever made its way into any of his evaluations.

Well, you know: One bad mark and you can ruin a man’s career.

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Dumping Grounds

 

Posted by Lex, on February 7, 2011

 

Overstressed by two wars, some commanders in the Army have allegedly turned Warrior Transition Units – intended to smooth the way back to civilian life for those injured in combat – into dumping grounds for conduct cases, according to the Pittsburgh Review-Tribune: *

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