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    Interesting course the thread has taken in the...

    Interesting course the thread has taken in the past two or three pages of comments. Also interesting in light of the recently published Army Reading List which includes books like 'Starfish and...
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    I believe I made a similar comment in another...

    I believe I made a similar comment in another thread but I'll also mention it here: I like the theory of CT and SOF-centric approaches. However, aren't we placing too much on our SOF community and...
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    While this is not the best of statements to make,...

    While this is not the best of statements to make, I have to say, I believe there are a lot of people in uniform that are still looking for a fight. Not sure if it's a "warrior ethos" thing or that...
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    Good points from Pete. While I agree, I think...

    Good points from Pete. While I agree, I think that on the whole, such a system does more to damage our military than assist. Bottom line in my opinion is that any such escalation in a conflict, as...
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    You bring up an excellent point. Anyone that's...

    You bring up an excellent point. Anyone that's spent five or more years in the military can see that there are nuances to senior officer ranks. I don't think any of us would deny that or state that...
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    You are right, and probably, if it was assessable...

    You are right, and probably, if it was assessable quantitatively, we'd see that the number of careerists is about the same as the no-nonsense types. Unfortunately, the careerists have more wide...
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    I decided the Army should never again...

    I decided the Army should never again press/starch uniforms when, one day, I went to the motorpool and found myself reluctant to get under vehicles or take a knee to inspect them, do pmcs etc - all...
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    Been reading this thread with particular...

    Been reading this thread with particular attention to our current training methodologies.

    I can't at this moment sum it all up in one or two sentences but there are excellent points in this thread...
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    I sat through an IPR today where people talked...

    I sat through an IPR today where people talked about the CG going ballistic about "dog & pony" show type of stuff. Then I come home, read this thread and I have to just laugh.

    The system is not...
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    I wonder if our Army/Society/Current operational...

    I wonder if our Army/Society/Current operational environment would ever allow for a repeat of Grant's story as told above. I suspect it could not happen. We are too worried about metrics with regard...
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    I think Pete's last comment is probably at the...

    I think Pete's last comment is probably at the 99% solution. I know my biggest struggle is that I keep seeking to be honest in my assessments and messages. I've grown tired of reading OERs and seeing...
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    I do not have the book mentioned above, although...

    I do not have the book mentioned above, although I am going to order it right now. There is a Stackpole edition out with the same authors/editors, copyright 2009, that seems to be much cheaper, so...
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    Good words from Pete. Wish I could live up to...

    Good words from Pete. Wish I could live up to them - I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut when I see problems. People don't generally take it very well. Not sure if the problem is the message or...
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    Interesting how that leadership thing keeps...

    Interesting how that leadership thing keeps coming up, or do we not do leadership any longer? Do we just do mission command? Or command & control?

    We've dissected this so much I don't know the...
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    The question is, do we want to change this?...

    The question is, do we want to change this? Should we be purging the 'warrior' mindset after a war? Should we go back to a garrison mentality, then transition again when war starts again? What are...
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    You may be right. From what I've seen, all the...

    You may be right. From what I've seen, all the comments from our senior leaders have been directed at the GWOT for the past decade or so, telling us our force is the most disciplined and most capable...
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    I see little reason to believe that our military...

    I see little reason to believe that our military will avoid purging all of the warfighters and "warriors" once the two current theaters are closed. The trend toward a garrison mentality seems to be...
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    I realize the readers on this site don't reach a...

    I realize the readers on this site don't reach a high number, when compared to the number we have in uniform. However, with this wisdom here, and these reminders about the basics - why are the basics...
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    Not to be Debbie-downer but I've never been inspired by the Army Band. But that's not really because they suck or anything like that. It's that the Army really doesn't care about the bands. They say...
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    As to your first comment...I'm talking about the...

    As to your first comment...I'm talking about the culture within the operational Army. I say Benning but it could apply to Riley, Campbell and some other posts - but in my experience - not to Bragg....
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    I'm guessing it was at VBC. What a pathetic...

    I'm guessing it was at VBC.

    What a pathetic article. Barely mentions the deaths and then goes on about paying locals to pick up trash.
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    Are leaders born or made? Great question and...

    Are leaders born or made? Great question and impossible to answer in my opinion. I think it's both. Some innate qualities are essential. Some need to be developed or brought to the surface.

    I...
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    As far as I can tell, there is no "plan", there...

    As far as I can tell, there is no "plan", there is only hope.

    As for the retirees, I have to say they are awesome. They provide so much in the way of legacy knowledge. Also, it is very, very rare...
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    It's funny...the leadership issue is what I hear...

    It's funny...the leadership issue is what I hear Rangers say the most in defense of the course. And, I'd say that the tab checks are more a part of Bragg culture than Benning. I give Benning and many...
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    I agree. I guess my breaking point in the...

    I agree. I guess my breaking point in the argument is that when an officer arrives and is not ready to handle individual or collective training, there's a problem.

    As an example...I did "OK" as a...
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