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  1. "Deep Strategic"?!?! Come on? really? I just...

    "Deep Strategic"?!?! Come on? really? I just returned from Mongolia without a visa. I could have walked out of Bejing Airport without papers. I could have taken a motorcycle ride into Russia.
  2. Exotic in SOCOM = "direct action". That is why...

    Exotic in SOCOM = "direct action". That is why SOCOM will never be successful in LRS missions.

    LRS is mentally challenging for NCOs during planning (72hr planning cycle) because they have to...
  3. Why is it a bad thing that a LRS team leader has...

    Why is it a bad thing that a LRS team leader has been to additional schooling for leadership/planning?

    (Note my Bias: I believe EVERY leader would benefit from at least attempting Ranger/Light...
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    So most on this site reject FM 3-24? Most on this...

    So most on this site reject FM 3-24? Most on this site reject elevating Sustainment Operations to the level of Offense and Defense Operations?

    Look at the spectrum of operations as a line drawn...
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    The quote below and supporting article seems to...

    The quote below and supporting article seems to suggest that soldiers train on MOS specific mission and then, later in the year, train on FM3-24. So is "train like we fight" no longer valid.
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    My post from 17 May 2010 "Most of you on this...

    My post from 17 May 2010

    "Most of you on this site advocate a new (or at least a redefined) type of war (This includes Gentile). "

    My post from 23 May 2010.

    "Quote:
    Originally Posted by...
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    The 11B/19D3-whatevers in the 2000's were the E4s...

    The 11B/19D3-whatevers in the 2000's were the E4s and E5s of the '90s. Outside of Robin Sage graduates, how many Arty, MP or INF soldiers had "Master of FM90-8" as a bullet comment on a DA 4856 or...
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    Yep When doing an AAR check ego at the...

    Yep



    When doing an AAR check ego at the door. very respectfully, I am pointing out my perspective based on my training and deployments
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    You guys are smart, that is why I and others come...

    You guys are smart, that is why I and others come here. But how many 11B2P or 3V read FM90-8 in 1998? 1999? Yet, how many of them "fought" on the "Island" of "Cortina"? The FTX's of the '90 never...
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    Let me use this analogy, while in a combat zone,...

    Let me use this analogy, while in a combat zone, as an NCO, I tell a PFC that he has to man a Browning .50cal.

    We all know this is not a new weapon system. It has been in the US Army inventory...
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    If 4-Star Generals and Brigade Col. are asking...

    If 4-Star Generals and Brigade Col. are asking SGTs and SSGs to wage a redefined type of combat then yes I think they should be rewarded.

    At the same time we were in Khowst Province, two different...
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    Change in Metrics of success

    COIN has changed how we define success on the "battelfield" yet the award system (and by extension the promotion system) has not changed. In Khost Province last year we had a CSM flying out to...
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    You just described the turn-a-round of leadership...

    You just described the turn-a-round of leadership for Gen. Odierno and the re-writting of history of Col. Gentile
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    The 'C' was not taught in Army schools until the...

    The 'C' was not taught in Army schools until the late '90's.

    Pre-deployment training did not include "Shout, Show, Shove, Shoot (to Warn), Shoot (to disable), Shoot (to Kill)" unitl 2004.
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    Not a new reward, for new type of war

    I held fire in '05. Was ridiculed by the team that replaced mine, by my 1SG and had to explain my actions to the XO (Acting CO; CO was on leave). I asked "Sir, if I ordered SPC Joe ####head to...
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    Just finished: Books "Fiasco" ...

    Just finished:
    Books
    "Fiasco"
    "The War Within"
    "Veil"

    Papers
    "A Strategy of Tactics: Population-centric COIN and the Army"

    Just...
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    Asi/

    Does anyone know if current and former Riley trained MiTT and ETT advisors will recieve an ASI? Will they get priority assignment to the Advisor Brigades?
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    Having deployed both as military and as a...

    Having deployed both as military and as a civilian, this, IMHO, is one of the MAJOR problems with the system. Now that I am back here as military on a ETT I have made an effort to build a "Coalition...
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    I certainly agree that all of the above. I am...

    I certainly agree that all of the above. I am former SF support (got my short tab while with 1st SFGA), combat deployment with LRS and current ETT. The closest that I have found are IA deployments...
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    http://www.troyrecord.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=201...

    http://www.troyrecord.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20110231&BRD=1170&PAG=461&dept_id=7021&rfi=6

    What is the relationship to COIN? I was wondering about the effects of a local community's efforts...
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    William Owen (and anyone else), Do you have...

    William Owen (and anyone else),

    Do you have recommendations for further reading on why it failed? Specifically, what effect did the use of 6man squads have on the overall outcome?

    Use of...
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    max161, Thanks for the clarification. I...

    max161,

    Thanks for the clarification. I supported one Balikatan in '91 with 1st/1st and was unsure of what was said at the time regarding DA missions or if my memory had been replaced with...
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    Doesn't the Constitution of the Philippines limit...

    Doesn't the Constitution of the Philippines limit the direct action abilities of foreign armies on their land? If so, why does Rumsfeld get credit for the "indirect approach"? In any case, FID...
  24. Wait, wait, wait.....

    ....before this gets cut off or moved can I do my touge-in-cheek rant about waiting in the long line at Potbelly in Crystal City underground? No? Fine, if you must (with dejected expression).
  25. What injustice was articulated? No reimbursement...

    What injustice was articulated? No reimbursement for miles in and around TDY site? A O4 or O5 may have to manage their time a little better?

    "-car pooling to the gym (no longer are you able to...
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