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    One of the more pointless things we do in...

    One of the more pointless things we do in Afghanistan is try to come up with some sort of format for these things. It's even less helpful that every single unit comes up with their own, poisoning...
  2. The flip side of this problem is that there a lot...

    The flip side of this problem is that there a lot of tools in the box, and it takes a great deal of technical know how to use them. (Let's leave aside for a moment that the tools are constantly in...
  3. Didn't helicopters get invented in the 20th Century?

    Actually I think the large scale use of helicopter insertions really was something new under the sun that was devised by the US Army.
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    I didn't even know we had a school at Ft. H. But...

    I didn't even know we had a school at Ft. H. But that was part of the problem and lent to it being closed, don't you agree?

    Sometimes these things come to a cost and utilisation issue. Spend...
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    I'm really at a loss here, are you not keeping up...

    I'm really at a loss here, are you not keeping up with the US Army at all? I understand there is bloat at the BDE and DIV HQs, but that's due to a number of factors, not the least of which is the...
  6. Thread: The combat shotgun

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    I'm not sure that anyone could seriously say that...

    I'm not sure that anyone could seriously say that carrying a shotgun is a replacement for a rifle or carbine. The only time I've seen people toting shotguns as a primary weapon is because it just...
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    I was an immediate convert the "gangster grip" as...

    I was an immediate convert the "gangster grip" as it's often called, and went to the gripod as soon as we got them. Another great feature not mentioned is that it makes for a much more stable...
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    Or he's out of his mind pissed off that he's...

    Or he's out of his mind pissed off that he's risking being shot to walk across the battlefield screaming at someone to get down so he doesn't get hit.

    Schmedlap hit it in that the modern Army...
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    It's a lot easier to score when you got the drop...

    It's a lot easier to score when you got the drop on somebody. Initiating contact is for all intents and purposes taking a good bead on a target and firing when ready.

    One of the most frustrating...
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    Five days of expected contact is a really long...

    Five days of expected contact is a really long time, no matter the war.

    One of the things I think that is missing from this thread is what is the combat load of a long range recce light and what...
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    That's another part that I just left out. It...

    That's another part that I just left out. It seems ridiculous to push through without utilising those assets just to be "hooah" or "because that's how infantry/armor/branch rolls." I don't think...
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    I'll grab this same quote to illustrate the view...

    I'll grab this same quote to illustrate the view from the ground.



    Throughout this and a few other threads I've been reading about the risk aversion in operations, particularly in OEF and OIF,...
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    There are several published books specifically on...

    There are several published books specifically on building COPs and small FOBs. They fully diagram and layout designs using Hescos (how many Hesco blocks does it take to stop an Opel full of...
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    Also in 2005 we did the exact same thing. We had...

    Also in 2005 we did the exact same thing. We had a COP about 12km from our main FOB that had only three roads in, so naturally these chokepoints became one of the most contested areas in our OE. ...
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