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Forum: OEF - Afghanistan 05-14-2012
Replies: 292
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Posted By Pete
It's because Afghans live there and everone else...

It's because Afghans live there and everone else is an outsider. It's the same way people in Mississippi felt about soldiers and administrators from Massachusetts circa 1865.
Forum: The Whole News 12-12-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 10,825
Posted By Pete
Click here...

Click here (http://www.wtop.com/?nid=41&sid=2665966) for the rest of the story.
Forum: The Whole News 10-06-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 10,825
Posted By Pete
They should have made Ken the Army CSM. He would...

They should have made Ken the Army CSM. He would have dropped a battalion of the 82nd in PERSCOM's rear but being as he is a student of Sun Zu, he would have left the enemy a "Golden Bridge" through...
Forum: The Whole News 10-06-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 10,825
Posted By Pete
Former Sergeant-Major of the Army

A former Sergeant-Major of the Army recently got himself in trouble in the DC area. Click here. (http://www.wtop.com/?nid=&sid=2101220)
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 09-15-2011
Replies: 274
Views: 74,687
Posted By Pete
That's a long time to evaluate officer candidates...

That's a long time to evaluate officer candidates before sending them off to university. The U.S. way is to have the guy have his degree beforehand.
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 09-11-2011
Replies: 274
Views: 74,687
Posted By Pete
Occasionally military organizations need guys...

Occasionally military organizations need guys with good math skills.

From a letter by Evelyn Waugh, the British novelist, to his wife in 1943, as quoted in the Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 09-11-2011
Replies: 274
Views: 74,687
Posted By Pete
In around 1980 I heard that the U.S. Army Corps...

In around 1980 I heard that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Field Artillery were vitually tied for which branch had the highest wash-out rate in their Officer Basic Courses. At the time CE...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 09-10-2011
Replies: 274
Views: 74,687
Posted By Pete
Rank structure in Western armies comes from the...

Rank structure in Western armies comes from the old class system in Europe. Centuries ago aristocrats were the officers, lower class guys with a head on their shoulders became sergeants (a word...
Forum: Historians 09-09-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 22,749
Posted By Pete
One of the relatively unremarked upon major...

One of the relatively unremarked upon major impacts of the Great War is that most American men from rural areas didn't realize there was such a thing as oral sex until the Doughboys went to France in...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 09-08-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 17,441
Posted By Pete
The light infantry concept of the early 1980s...

The light infantry concept of the early 1980s came about when the situation in El Salvador and Nicaragua was going on.

Nicaragua had some light armor but not much, so a light force might have...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 09-08-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 17,441
Posted By Pete
I was in 7th ID in '82-'84 when the light...

I was in 7th ID in '82-'84 when the light division concept was first floated. The light TO&E was designed to fit within a certain number of C-141 sorties, 600 or so. So far so good, but what...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 09-07-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 17,441
Posted By Pete
We've had the reactivated 10th Mountain Division...

We've had the reactivated 10th Mountain Division for around two decades, but I doubt they are trained up to the same standards of the World War II outfit. Still, I have to wonder whether their...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 09-01-2011
Replies: 135
Views: 32,583
Posted By Pete
In those days senior U.S. Army NCOs knew how to...

In those days senior U.S. Army NCOs knew how to handle members of the various ethnic groups from the American South. They knew that their periods of industriousness and dedication would occasionally...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 08-31-2011
Replies: 274
Views: 74,687
Posted By Pete
Part of the reason for that is not the personnel...

Part of the reason for that is not the personnel guys' fault; rather it is the perverse logic of the TDA Army, in which nobody will treat you seriously unless the CO of your organization is of...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 08-31-2011
Replies: 274
Views: 74,687
Posted By Pete
During the 1990s in the U.S. Army having a...

During the 1990s in the U.S. Army having a master's degree seemed to be a prerequisite for being promoted to major. I don't know whether the same thing is true today.

The thing I can't understand...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 08-30-2011
Replies: 274
Views: 74,687
Posted By Pete
I believe there is a series of U.S. Army...

I believe there is a series of U.S. Army Regulations that describe the proccesses and steps required to be selected for pre-commissioning training. I'm positive that they spell out in very specific...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-30-2011
Replies: 135
Views: 32,583
Posted By Pete
When my Dad arrived at his U.S. Army reception...

When my Dad arrived at his U.S. Army reception station at the Presidio of Monterey, California in 1943 the recruits asked an older master sergeant there what his ribbons stood for. The sergeant...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 08-29-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 17,441
Posted By Pete
This place...

This place (http://www.mountainzone.com/mountains/detail.asp?fid=4364256) is named for a kinsman of mine. Around 1900 Gus Eisen gave the testimony to U.S. Congress that caused Sequoia National Park...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 08-28-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 17,441
Posted By Pete
I didn't know they had tall mountains in Finland,...

I didn't know they had tall mountains in Finland, so for the first time in my life I must be wrong again. Blame it on our insular American culture in which we have little awareness of foreign...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 08-27-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 17,441
Posted By Pete
When I was at Virginia Tech in 1976 I managed to...

When I was at Virginia Tech in 1976 I managed to snag a World War II mountain troops field jacket in unissued condition for a nominal sum. Three hippie-types driving a 1950s station wagon had a...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 08-27-2011
Replies: 135
Views: 32,583
Posted By Pete
Interesting Discussion

The most amazing thing about this thread is that it's about politics but has not turned into a partisan mud-slinging contest. No Democrat vs. Republican vs. Tea Party stuff here. The discussion in...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 08-26-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 17,441
Posted By Pete
During World War II the 10th Mountain trained at...

During World War II the 10th Mountain trained at Dolly Sods, West Virginia, now a wilderness recreation area. It's high plateau country and said to have cliffs that the mountain troops used for...
Forum: Historians 08-20-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 31,966
Posted By Pete
When I attended Fort Benning OCS in 1977 one of...

When I attended Fort Benning OCS in 1977 one of the instructors who spoke to us in Infantry Hall had a humorous Vu-Graph slide about the ideal TO&E for an Infantry division. He pointed out the...
Forum: Historians 08-19-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 31,966
Posted By Pete
Officer Selection Standards

Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson had such limited social skills that today some would think he was autistic or somewhere on the autism spectrum, like Alan Turing at Bletchly Park. John S. Mosby shot the...
Forum: Historians 08-19-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 31,966
Posted By Pete
Ethical Dilemmas

I imagine that the French and Indian War presented a lot of moral dilemmas for those who wanted to adhere to the so-called "Usages of War" that were generally accepted in Western Europe at the time. ...
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