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  1. Ah, but in order to recognize we have to...

    Ah, but in order to recognize we have to quantify. :wry:

    It's so much easier to write an award for Cpl Jones, who killed XXX number of insurgents, than for Cpl Smith, who held fire because of the...
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    I'll use this to segue into a point I'd like to...

    I'll use this to segue into a point I'd like to discuss - training specialists within the squad. Looking at the USMC squad composition and likely future missions, I'm considering task organizing my...
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    Heh, once I've figured out a definition, I'll...

    Heh, once I've figured out a definition, I'll happily pass it along, but right now I'm working to figure it out myself. This is more along the lines of a operations order geared towards outlining...
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    Campaign and Development Plans for SFA

    ALCON,

    I've been tasked to come up with a campaign and development plan for our Brigade MiTT, and since I think I missed that class at MCCC, I thought I'd see if anyone here could help. Does...
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    Advisor Reading List

    I've been looking for a comprehensive list of suggested reading for future advisors, and haven't found much. I know that there are a number of works out there just in the Marine Corps Gazette, I'm...
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    Communion in Conflict: USMC Advisor Studies

    I've recently been tagged for a year-long OIF MiTT. I'm pretty disappointed, as I was slated to command a company bound for OEF, but I'm studying up to make the best of this opportunity. I came...
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    Sir, Couldn't agree more. MRAPs are the exact...

    Sir,
    Couldn't agree more. MRAPs are the exact opposite of where we need to be going with our mobility. I wrote a review on OPFOR after my last deployment, which pretty much echoes what you are...
  8. I think they believed that the terrain gave them...

    I think they believed that the terrain gave them enough of an advantage to negate the Soldiers' discipline and competence. Events seem to bear that out.

    Another thought - the three attempts to...
  9. Stars and Stripes has a redacted copy of the 15-6...

    Stars and Stripes has a redacted copy of the 15-6 on the battle. Part I and Part II.

    Initial thoughts:

    - The platoon chose to establish its patrol base near the village bazaar, and the OP was...
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    This may help clear up something else that I have...

    This may help clear up something else that I have noticed a lot - there are a lot of references to Operation Red Wings comprising only the SDV team's recce of the village. Luttrell says it in the...
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    This pisses me off to no end - I have discussed...

    This pisses me off to no end - I have discussed this with Herschel Smith of the Captain's Journal on a couple of occasions before giving up on ever convincing him that the Theater ROE allows plenty...
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    Ah, the campaign cover. I was actually thinking...

    Ah, the campaign cover. I was actually thinking of ordering one for ####s and giggles when I was working with 5-7 CAV, since they all had their silly little Stetsons (the Troop CO threatened to beat...
  13. But then what would all of the MGs do? :D ...

    But then what would all of the MGs do? :D



    You are obviously lacking in institutional pride. The US military can put the cart before the horse better than anyone else in the world.

    I think...
  14. Interesting point, Ken. I wonder if the Army can...

    Interesting point, Ken. I wonder if the Army can make that change in mindset. On our side of the house, regiments have very little to do with the training of their subordinate battalions, since our...
  15. Indeed, it seems they missed some of the key...

    Indeed, it seems they missed some of the key lessons of Chechnya. Trying to take on the Russian Army in a conventional fight was an exceptionally bad idea. It looks to me like the Georgians wanted...
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    Lt Ackerman's article Relearning Stormtroop...

    Lt Ackerman's article Relearning Stormtroop Tactics talks about isolating strong points and reducing them with supporting assets:



    The key point that I learned last year from the Army is that...
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    Here is an older article that addresses the...

    Here is an older article that addresses the problem as well. This one is from the JRTC perspective. I love the quote at the beginning, which is from the fighting in Aachen in Sept 1944:


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    I don't see why they would. The M240B is a good...

    I don't see why they would. The M240B is a good weapon. The Marine Corps is actually converting all of our 240Gs to 240Bs. I just wanted the front rail system and the heat shield, but once they...
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    Not really an option for Marine TTs. :wry: ...

    Not really an option for Marine TTs. :wry:



    That doesn't just apply to TTs, either. I find I have to constantly make that point at ANGLICO - too many of our guys fall into the trap of saying,...
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    What I was really getting at was the separate...

    What I was really getting at was the separate Assault Amphibian Battalions. We typically "mech up" one rifle company for a MEU deployment. That company gets a platoon of AAVs and a platoon of tanks...
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    Exactly, Wilf. USMC infantry units are light...

    Exactly, Wilf. USMC infantry units are light formations; our armored vehicles are kept in an entirely separate battalion and attached to infantry units as needed. There are advantages and...
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    I reread some excerpts from Marines in the Garden...

    I reread some excerpts from Marines in the Garden of Eden this morning. TF TARAWA was briefed by COL Allen before the war that his brigade was going to secure the Hwy 1 bridge and etablish a...
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    Mike, I was with TF Tarawa, and I remember being...

    Mike, I was with TF Tarawa, and I remember being told that 3rd ID was supposed to secure it before we got there. How that got passed around, I don't know. It had nothing to do with the casualties...
  24. This article...

    This article is a good account of what happened. As I suspected, most of the KIA occurred in the fight for the OP. The only problem I have with the article is that they continue calling it a FOB...
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    Until they come up with a uniform that protects...

    Until they come up with a uniform that protects against frag without being any heavier or less breathable than current utility uniforms (MCCUU, ACU), anti-frag clothes are impractical - especially...
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