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  1. The prospect of cheap insurance may be a draw to...

    The prospect of cheap insurance may be a draw to the RC, but if doctors opt out of MEDICAID then they won't accept TRICARE either, which means it'll be like being on AD, except you'll have to buy...
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    I can see why they would want us to supply them...

    I can see why they would want us to supply them with weapons.
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    The issue should not be the driving. Driving is...

    The issue should not be the driving. Driving is fairly easy.

    Maintenance is a much bigger issue.

    When my unit goes to the field we average one mechanical failure every four hours. If I didn't...
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    I assure you that we (the Army) no longer have...

    I assure you that we (the Army) no longer have that mindset.

    As far as mass mobilization, I'm not very worried about having to do it. I think we will fight with what we have, and it will be small...
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    They go home. As do those that are selected but...

    They go home. As do those that are selected but decline a commission, which is different than the Army, where those who don't graduate often end up being assigned to an enlisted job according to the...
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    The USMC uses a board to select applicants. It...

    The USMC uses a board to select applicants. It is highly selective.

    Then they go to ten or twelve weeks of OCS, where 50% pass.

    There is no emphasis on training, just selection.

    Then they...
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    Selection and development need to be separated,...

    Selection and development need to be separated, or you will accomplish neither.

    The USMC OCS model is the most successful that I can think of for this very reason.
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    Army OCS assumes that Officership can be taught...

    Army OCS assumes that Officership can be taught on the fly, sometime after OCS. There is a minimal amount of selection.

    They go through the right steps, but they provide no quality control.
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    FiBs have their own issues. The ones at Sill are...

    FiBs have their own issues. The ones at Sill are pretty squared away, but the ones at Lewis and especially Hood are manpower pools for taskings. Training is an afterthought under those conditions....
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    Not particularly concerned about shooting heavy...

    Not particularly concerned about shooting heavy OTMs through a short barrel. I've done enough of it.

    It may not be on the approved list, but it wasn't designed for combat use and the fact that it...
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    It was designed for the SAW and adopted because...

    It was designed for the SAW and adopted because it could penetrate a helmet.



    No. It was made specifically for the AMU. It was taken to Afghanistan as a stopgap round in 2001. The design was...
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    The larger issue is that we don't issue laser...

    The larger issue is that we don't issue laser designators in large enough numbers to make these things viable.
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    According to most people that I've talked to, it...

    According to most people that I've talked to, it will do enough. A friend of mine has killed people at 900M with an SPR.



    Once you add up all the CS and CSS guys, then add the guys that use...
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    Realistically, if you think an infantry rifle...

    Realistically, if you think an infantry rifle should have a 600M range, then the M4 can already do it.

    For that matter, the 95% of Soldiers that aren't tasked with shooting the enemy with an IW...
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    While APKWS is a great idea, it is not indirect...

    While APKWS is a great idea, it is not indirect fire. It is very different than the systems that this thread was created to discuss.
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    I appreciate your comments. You are...

    I appreciate your comments.



    You are correct, he was an advisor. Saying that that wasn't a maneuver unit is incorrect, though. They were a maneuver unit, just not an American one. The USAF...
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    The chicken wing creates a pocket for the recoil...

    The chicken wing creates a pocket for the recoil pad/plate to sit in. I still shoot some hunting rifles like that.

    With the M16/M4, you have to adapt a little bit for best results. You don't...
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    Nothing about shooting works well when you are...

    Nothing about shooting works well when you are wearing body armor.

    The best thing to do is still go prone or find a barricade.

    The downside being that if someone hits your barricade there is...
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    The only people that still use rulers to measure...

    The only people that still use rulers to measure length of pull are the wing shooters. When they bring the weapon up from the high ready that they favor, they call it mounting, and for those...
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    He is correctly mounting the weapon. It's an M4,...

    He is correctly mounting the weapon. It's an M4, not a Perazzi.
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    I keep hearing the USAF tell me how great their...

    I keep hearing the USAF tell me how great their ISR capabilities are, but in practice, the one time that I tried it, the pilot couldn't locate anything that I could on the ground, before he had to...
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    Two Articles on CAS and COIN, from Armed Forces Journal.

    "Updating Close Air Support," by LT. COL PAUL DARLING AND LT. JUSTIN LAWLOR.



    "Reality Check," by MAJ. AARON W. CLARK AND LT. COL. J. BRAD REEVES.



    The "counterpoint" is hopeless, but I...
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    It is around the same bullet weight and velocity,...

    It is around the same bullet weight and velocity, but the bullets have a better form factor and so they essentially have a much longer range. Tracer burnout will occur sooner.

    As for how that...
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    The correct answer is 7x46. A 175 grain bullet...

    The correct answer is 7x46. A 175 grain bullet at 2,400 feet per second, or a 120 at 3,000 or even something in between. With a 16 inch barrel.

    If a PKM weighs in at 18 pounds, then a 16 inch...
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    Realistically we ought to have a khaki uniform...

    Realistically we ought to have a khaki uniform for garrison, three patterns for in the field (woods, desert, snow), a dress uniform (long sleeve, short sleeve and jacket) and a mess uniform.

    That...
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