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  1. After much thought

    I think I got it figured out. All those hours I spent as a young joe in 1/75 spit-shining my jungle boots and hand starching my cammies (couldnt afford store bought with my LES showing $350 a month...
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    Great article in last months American Rifleman...

    about WWII M1 .30 cal carbines made by Rock-Ola jukebox company
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    Who's gonna work at all the fast food joints...

    when the cost of a gallon of gas exceeds the hourly minimum wage?
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    Just cut me a Czech for half

    A Czech Army LTC attending ILE with the wife told me that officers in the Czech army are paid IIRC 50% of their pay with the remaining 50% balance decided by their boss. SO, depending on your...
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    As an aside

    In 1978 we conducted a 12 day patrol in the Florida phase of Ranger school and I think, a 6 dayer, earlier, in the mountains...
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    do these jeans make me look crazy?

    :D, though I think I recall LTC(R) Grossman saying something about SOF guys being sociopaths....but sociopaths in a good, sheepdog-like way.
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    In wildnerness medicine

    we call that "apply ice to affected area" IOT reduce swelling...and in all probability give it a little primitive novocain lovin'. I'm thinking I'd want the cold stream treatment prior to the, uh,...
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    Back when Sun Tzu's mom was wearing a paradigm shift

    geography was the "it" discipline. The study of spatial relationships. Can't get any better than a field that let's you fill in the blank...as in "Gee, Dad, I really wanna study the Geography of...
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    Drug use by insurgents and terrorists

    I stumbled on this monograph yesterday. Irregular fighters acting "unpredictably" on the battlefield? Cool. Now I know why that guy was "shooting" at my patrol with a cigarette lighter that looked...
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    Afghan National Army (ANA) thread

    Stumbled upon this earlier today. On the mark, though much has improved since my 2003-2004 ANA experience. Interesting to note that the ANA STILL cannot unilaterally funciton in terms of CAS and log...
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    It must be cultural math

    Two things I learned when dealing with both Afghani's and Iraqi's (mostly military types):
    1) Never believe the first report
    2) Combat math is skewed (i.e. "Well, Chief, we were on patrol in town...
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    Of Generals and coffee boys...

    Rick Atkinson mentioned in The Day of Battle, that the U.S. Army in 1943, exceeded 6 million and was "...led by 1,000 generals, 7,000 colonels, and 343,000 lieutenants."

    How many of each are there...
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    When asked which caliber was best,

    Bill Rogers replied it didn't matter what kind of gun or caliber you carried as long as you were capable of hitting your opponent in the dominant eye....;)
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    I been thinking

    that maybe I need to re-invent myself...kinda like Madonna or the artist formerly known as Prince. Never knew my nom de guerre would cause me so much self-induced angst.
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    And this as well

    https://www.intelink.gov/inteldocs/browse.php?fFolderId=8568
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    Howzabout TheodoreRex?

    Teddy Roosevelt, that gunboat-totin', big-game shootin', banana republic seizin', national park endowin' cowboy, with a mustache as big as all outdoors...

    (whose trophy room in the white house,...
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    I dunno Tom

    ...this looks pretty cool...
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    Navy Post-grad Afghan Data Portal

    Unsure if this has been posted previously or not. Pretty informative and gaining with wiki-type data from the field as well...

    http://www.nps.edu/Programs/CCS/
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    Gotta concur

    However, in Feb 2002, when I asked 10th Mountain staffers at Bagram Air Base why there was no arty on the ground (at least anywhere out in the open that I could see or in fact, I believe, anywhere in...
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    Naw, there

    was something off-putting about the whole black leather jacket, Berlin wall symbology of her blog photo. I prefer my spies ala Ian Fleming....high heels, poisoned lip stick...
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    Outsourcing Intelligence Collection

    Why take the risk, when it's so much more lucrative here: http://www.thespywhobilledme.com/
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    My second trip to sunny Afghanistan...

    I was made to write and sign a "memo of compliance" stating that my guys would wear full kit (body armor/helmet) whenever we were "outside the wire" or suffer the consequences... which at the time...
  23. Well yes...and no

    Well, except for the 18X program types, nearly everybody with a long tab comes out of the GPF.....most especially officers. They spent their formative 2LT-CPT years in units like the 82nd or 1st Cav...
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    Lookit all the durned journalists!

    how do ya think they seperate "activists" from "leaders"?
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    wierdbeard

    me too, if you please.
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