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  • US Army 2018: No Killers, No Fillers and a Heck of a Lot of Fodder

    03/01/2018 5:30:42 PM PST · by pboyington · 12 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 1, 2018 | Ray Starmann
    General Dick Cavazos used to say that the Army was composed of three types of soldiers: killers, fillers and fodder. Cavazos was a living legend on active duty. An infantry officer and combat veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross twice for extraordinary heroism in action. “In 1976, Cavazos became the first Hispanic to reach the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army.[2] In 1980, he became commander of III Corps — and is recognized for his innovative leadership of the Corps.[10]” “In 1982, Cavazos again made military history by being appointed...
  • US Army tanks get futuristic shields to destroy incoming threats

    03/01/2018 11:31:11 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies ^ | Allison Barrie
    If an enemy launches a weapon, like an anti-tank missile, at a U.S. Army tank protected with Trophy, radar or sensors recognize and locate the incoming threat. Tracking radar identifies what kind of threat has been launched at the tank. It distinguishes a rocket from an anti-tank missile, for example. Trophy instantaneously works out where the weapon would strike. If the missile will strike the tank, then it swings into action to protect the soldiers. The system figures out the necessary firing angles to intercept the incoming weapon. The computers relay the firing angles to the two launchers positioned on...
  • Standards? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Standards in the Army

    02/15/2018 6:12:34 PM PST · by pboyington · 21 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | February 15, 2018 | Ray Starmann
    Take a seat and watch Act II, in the Death of the US Army, a Shakesperaean tragedy powered by gutless generals, candyass Millennials and Barry Soetero, worshipping social justice warriors. It seems that every week there is a story detailing the newest clusterfu*k to hit the US military. Today, CNS News reported, “Army Basic Training to Drop Hand Grenade Competency as Graduation Requirement.” Hmm… Maybe, I’m just a cynical ex cav trooper, but maybe, just maybe, the US Army might need soldiers who are competent at throwing grenades in any future conflicts. But, then again, I’m assuming the Army is...
  • Army Basic Training to Drop Hand Grenade Competency as Graduation Requirement

    02/15/2018 5:53:54 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 127 replies
    cnsnews ^ | February 13, 2018 | Craig Bannister
    The U.S. Army will drop its hand grenade competency requirement for graduation from basic training because getting recruits to pass it is taking “too much time” and they’re just not strong enough, Major General Malcolm Frost told reporters on Friday. Changes to the Army’s Basic Combat Training (BTC) will eliminate the current hand grenade proficiency standards as a requirement for graduation, reports: “The new BCT does, however, do away with hand grenade qualification and land navigation course qualification as graduation requirements.” Discussing the change with reporters, Maj. Gen. Frost explained that training recruits to pass the current requirement was...
  • A Fort Bend engineer's warning, 25 years old, comes true during Harvey

    01/21/2018 5:44:53 AM PST · by Elderberry · 38 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 1/19/2018 | James Drew
    Twenty-five years ago, Fort Bend County's assistant engineer emerged from a meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He had new information, and he was worried. Charles Glen Crocker, then 38, had learned that the footprint for Barker Reservoir was bigger than the land owned by the government, placing future homeowners in the Cinco Ranch and Kelliwood subdivisions within what engineers called "flood pools." The reservoir, dry much of the time, could fill during a major rainstorm and spread into the homes of unsuspecting residents. His resulting letter, written on July 6, 1992, was a warning to county officials:...
  • Green Beret Training Standards Now Lower than Army ROTC Camp in the 80’s

    12/19/2017 6:46:23 PM PST · by pboyington · 44 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 19, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    It was only a matter of time… Since 2015, no woman has successfully made it through SFQC, or the Special Forces Qualification Course since Ash Carter, with a stroke of a pen, created the single greatest disaster in US military history, the authorization for women to serve in the combat arms and special operations units. But, that is about to change… The army’s leaders, which in 2017, consist mainly of social justice warriors, flaming liberals and back-stabbing ticket-punching, perfumed princes, have consistently demonstrated that they possess neither the warrior ethos nor the moral courage to challenge the social engineering insanity...
  • 100 Men and Women We’ll Test Today…and 100 Wear the Green Beret…

    12/17/2017 9:04:52 PM PST · by pboyington · 18 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 17, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    You are an eyewitness with a front row seat, watching the death of the US military right before your eyes. What’s happening right now in the US military is the final act, in a Shakespearean tragedy filled with gutless leaders lacking in moral courage, perfumed princes who only care about punching a ticket on their way up the army ladder, feminist and liberal fools who think that they’re providing equal opportunity, even if it’s obtained fraudulently, and finally, a few brave souls who know the hour of the total clusterf**k is near and are desperate to do something before a...
  • Army now forgiving of past marijuana use to attract recruits

    12/03/2017 10:42:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 4, 2017 1:13 AM EST | Lolita C. Baldor
    Smoked pot? Want to go to war? No problem. As more states lessen or eliminate marijuana penalties, the Army is granting hundreds of waivers to enlist people who used the drug in their youth — as long as they realize they can’t do so again in the military. The number of waivers granted by the active-duty Army for marijuana use jumped to more than 500 this year from 191 in 2016. Three years ago, no such waivers were granted. The big increase is just one way officials are dealing with orders to expand the Army’s size. “Provided they understand that...
  • US Army 'Space Week' to Shine Light on Why Soldiers Care About Satellites

    11/27/2017 10:11:49 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | November 27, 2017 06:01pm ET | Sandra Erwin, Space News |
    Army leaders decided this was a good time to highlight space because activities are growing and the Army wants to attract more officers to the space career field known as Functional Area 40, or FA40. Over the past year, Army space forces supported more than 16 exercises for every geographic combatant command except U.S. Africa Command. Soldiers are picked for the FA40 career field after a competitive selection process through the "voluntary transfer incentive program," which can occur at the four-year mark of a soldier's career. Besides their technical abilities, soldiers applying for the FA40 are evaluated based on their...
  • Women get chance to 'one-up' the men in mixed infantry units

    11/26/2017 7:30:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | Nov 26, 2017, 8:20 AM ET | Lolita C. Baldor
    The young Army infantry recruits lined up in full combat gear, guns at the ready. At the signal, a soldier in front kicked in the door and they burst into the room, swiveling to check around the walls for threats. “You’re dead!” one would-be enemy yelled out from a dark corner, the voice slightly higher than the others echoing through the building. It was 18-year-old Kirsten, training to become one of the Army’s first women serving as infantry soldiers. “I want to be one of the females to prove to everybody else that just because you’re a female, doesn’t mean...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: The United States Army War College, Pennsylvania ~ 21 NOV 2017

    11/20/2017 5:59:20 PM PST · by laurenmarlowe · 63 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: The United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PennsylvaniaCarlisle Barracks is a United States Army facility located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It is part of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command and is the site of the U.S. Army War College. It is the nation's second-oldest active military base.The Army War College was created as a solution to the military failings uncovered during the Spanish-American War. On 27 November 1901, Secretary of War, Elihu Root established the Army General Staff and the Army War College to train staff officers...
  • Military dad charged with raping, killing 9-month-old daughter

    11/16/2017 9:10:08 PM PST · by Perseverando · 39 replies ^ | November 16, 2017 | Unattributed
    Editor’s note: The Clarksville Police Department released details about the case that are graphic in nature and are included in the story below. CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A Clarksville father has been arrested for allegedly raping and killing his 9-month-old daughter, according to WSMV. Officers responded to a home on Cindy Jo Court for a medical call around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday. The child was taken to Tennova where she was pronounced dead by 8 a.m. Her father, 22-year-old Christopher Conway, is charged with homicide and aggravated rape of a child. According to police, the infant was strangled with a cord around...
  • Army drops plans to give waivers to recruits with history of mental illness

    11/15/2017 4:16:35 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 15, 2017 | Lucas Tomlinson
    The Army's top officer said Wednesday that the service had "rescinded" a controversial memo permitting people with a history of severe mental illness to seek waivers allowing them to join up. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told reporters the memo was "unauthorized" and its author did not have the authority to change the Army's recruitment policy. "It was rescinded last night," Milley said of the memo, which was dated Sept. 7 of this year and initially reported by USA Today on Sunday.
  • Self-Mutilators and Bi Polar Wackos – The Army’s Future Soldiers

    11/13/2017 4:56:28 PM PST · by pboyington · 26 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 13, 2017 | Ray Starmann
    I really have to stop asking myself what’s next in the military’s long, twisted, dark journey into the subterranean hell known as political correctness and general stupidity. As part of the military’s current trend of giving the unqualified a chance to serve; of allowing every freak of nature, social misfit, SJW and dud on active duty, the army has announced that they will be granting “waivers” to certain recruits who violate criteria related to mental-health violations like having a history of bipolar disorder, or self-mutilation. Imagine sitting in a foxhole with a bi polar nut job who wants to cut...
  • Army lifts waiver ban for recruits with history of depression: ‘It is a red flag’

    11/13/2017 10:50:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 13, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Army quietly relaxed standards over the summer to allow potential recruits to receive waivers for a host of previous mental health issues — including self-mutilation. A 2017 recruiting goal of 80,000 new soldiers through September appears to be at the root of a decision to reverse a 2009 waiver ban on mental health issues. Documents obtained over the weekend by USA Today show a willingness to consider applicants with a history of bipolar disorder, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Army Close to Finalizing Pinks and Greens Uniform for All Soldiers

    11/06/2017 9:15:47 AM PST · by x1stcav · 93 replies ^ | 3 Nov 2017 | Matthew Cox
    The U.S. Army's top enlisted man is close to unveiling the final version of the World War II-era Pinks and Greens uniform that could be approved for all soldiers next year. Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley began considering the possibility of bringing back the iconic two-tone uniform of the "greatest generation" for soldiers to wear as an everyday office uniform earlier this year.
  • Army Close to Finalizing Pinks and Greens Uniform for All Soldiers

    11/06/2017 11:27:52 AM PST · by SandRat · 99 replies ^ |
    The U.S. Army's top enlisted man is close to unveiling the final version of the World War II-era Pinks and Greens uniform that could be approved for all soldiers next year.
  • AP Explains: Bergdahl judge weighed complex leniency factors

    11/05/2017 1:37:05 AM PST · by Godebert · 73 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 11/4/17 | The Associated Press
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's brutal five years of captivity by Taliban allies carried significant weight in an Army judge's decision to spare him prison time for leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009, legal experts said. Criticism of Bergdahl by President Donald Trump also appeared to push the judge toward leniency. Army Col. Jeffery Nance didn't explain how he formulated the sentence that also included a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank and a fine. But the judge had to consider a complex array of arguments for and against leniency. Prosecutors asked for a 14-year prison sentence,...
  • The Army Desperately Wants A Pint Sized Tank With A Big Gun, Here's What We Know

    11/02/2017 4:02:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 31, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.S. Army is rushing ahead with its project to develop a new light tank to give infantry brigades extra firepower, especially against a near-peer opponent such as Russia. In the past, though, developing a vehicle that is both lighter than a traditional main battle tank and still survivable and useful on a modern battlefield has proven to be a difficult proposition. The Army plans to send out a final, formal request for proposals for the program, known as Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF), to interested defense contractors in November 2017. The service then hopes to power through the contracting process...
  • Army fires 2-star general amid improper relationship probe

    10/13/2017 7:27:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 10/13/17 | Lolita C Baldor
    The two-star general who heads U.S. Army Africa has been fired and recalled to Washington, amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with the wife of an enlisted soldier, the Army said Friday. An Army statement provided to The Associated Press said that Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington was removed from his job due to a loss in confidence in his ability to command. He is one in a string of senior Army officers who have been disciplined for bad behavior, triggering the development earlier this year of new programs aimed at shaping stronger, more ethical leaders.