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    Thank you for describing how many of us felt...

    Sir,

    I re-read The Village and then The Army in Vietnam during holiday leave in '05, shortly after returning from Iraq. Anger, frustration, disappointment, and disbelief are all words that...
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    my two cents

    In 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of Marine infantry units you would never see this. The only time this might be different is if an officer was talking to a wounded Marine...
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    Concur and...

    a big pat on the back to those in the Army and those working for the Army that participate in this blog. I think you all have had a great influence on shifting the rudder of the giant ship that is...
  4. The video of BLT 1/6 shows this exactly. A...

    The video of BLT 1/6 shows this exactly. A balanced approach to training is essential. You can't "clear" if you haven't mastered the kinetic basics (i.e., employing your weapon, fighting within a...
  5. I don't know about the Army, but Marine infantry...

    I don't know about the Army, but Marine infantry corporals and sergeants talk with sheiks, cops, village elders, etc. on almost every patrol they go on. The average corporal or sergeant is a 21-23...
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    For our brothers-in-arms, I hope this decision doesn't stick...

    Gentlemen,

    100% concur with the general sentiment of this thread. The 60mm mortar is an essential weapon in the modern rifle company, if not rifle platoon. As infantry units continue to disperse...
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    Ken, Thanks for the post. Semper Fi brother!...

    Ken,

    Thanks for the post. Semper Fi brother!

    How small a world it is. I served with 1st Mar in OIF-I. I am also reluctant to say outright that we're not ready to fight a "conventional" fight...
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    PATMC, You mention it takes a long time to...

    PATMC,

    You mention it takes a long time to re-train artilley. Can you give a rough estimate? Would you be confident firing artillery in support of a maneuver unit in 2 weeks if necessary?

    I...
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    Not sure if you have CAC access. If yes, The...

    Not sure if you have CAC access. If yes, The Defense of Jisr al Doreaa located here: https://combinedarmscenter.army.mil/SO/COIN/Documents/Defense_of_Jisr_Al_Doreaa.pdf is exactly what you've...
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    Three months ago I had the opportunity to...

    Three months ago I had the opportunity to interview more than 15 Soldiers from LtCol Yingling's battalion in Ft Bliss as they were conducting a final exercise prior to deploying. During the...
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    Concur with JCustis 100%. Strongly recommend...

    Concur with JCustis 100%. Strongly recommend putting something together for the Gazette. Check out the site for the Gen Hogaboom writing contest: http://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/hogaboom.asp. I...
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    Gentlemen, Another thread that helps get the...

    Gentlemen,

    Another thread that helps get the mind rolling. Thanks.

    Have to agree with Wilf on this one, despite the fact that I've used "Hybrid", "Small" and other names in an attempt to...
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    I think I've stated this elsewhere in previous...

    I think I've stated this elsewhere in previous threads... if not here goes, among the best two PMEs/instructional lessons I've had since back from OIF II were 2 ride-alongs with the Metro PD in D.C....
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    Quote: Originally Posted by Ken White Of...

    Quote: Originally Posted by Ken White
    Of course, my solution is don't do COIN and advising on a major level; we really don't do it well at all. Never have and that is unlikely to change. We...
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    I stated in an earlier post that "war" is "war"...

    I stated in an earlier post that "war" is "war" is "war." In my opinion, same thing holds true here. The principles / fundamentals / considerations for a successful relief-in-place operation in...
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    I'm a believer that "war" is "war" is "war" and...

    I'm a believer that "war" is "war" is "war" and that all talk of counterinsurgency, hybrid, multi-modal, etc. should be unnecessary. However, I see all too often that many in the U.S. military think...
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    Appreciate the feedback. Just a few comments...

    Appreciate the feedback. Just a few comments then I must sign off on this topic...

    "8-months is a long time. Fine it was written by 5-10 people, but I'm sure each of them had a few research...
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    In many ways a miracle...

    While I don't pretend to be an expert on anthropology, counterinsurgency, Dr. Price, LtCol Nagl, proper documenting methods, Chicago Press, etc., I do have a bit of a clue on how the doctrine process...
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    This whole discussion brings to mind LtCol Nagl's...

    This whole discussion brings to mind LtCol Nagl's comments in Learning to Eat Soup With a Knife on how slow military organizations can be to learning and adapting based on the demands of the day. An...
  20. Poole's Tactics of the Crescent Moon and...

    Poole's Tactics of the Crescent Moon and Terrorist Trail have made similar claims for a while now. Not sure if the claims are true. I operated in Karbala for quite some time. Lots of Mahdi Army...
  21. All, thanks for the feedback thus far. Maphu,...

    All, thanks for the feedback thus far. Maphu, incredible insight from someone who's done similar things in a conflict that's similar in many ways.

    I forgot to mention that, in my mind, such a...
  22. Techniques for securing and building relations with the people...

    The purpose of this thread is to evaluate a possible technique for securing the people. I’d greatly appreciate everyone’s input concerning whether moving in with a family for a day or two in an...
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    Definitely add Galula's Counterinsurgency...

    Definitely add Galula's Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice. I'd recommend starting with this and/or Mao. Also consider "Bing" West's The Village, as it does a great job describing the...
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    I definitely wouldn't say "Joe Sailor's" opinions...

    I definitely wouldn't say "Joe Sailor's" opinions are the norm. I have a close friend (Marine) that just returned from serving a year on an ETT. He said it was the best experience of his life. In...
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    Sir, Thanks for the post. First I've seen of...

    Sir,

    Thanks for the post. First I've seen of this. Will adapt accordingly.

    Is it bad when YouTube's providing our intel updates?
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