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Hope They Still Give Small Arms Training

 

I never considered myself a warrior, per se.  Not in the sense of, like, a real soldier – an Army infantryman, or a Marine.  But I did serve.  A six-year hitch in the Navy, back forty-odd years ago.  No combat, just a technician showing up for work every day, some shipboard, some landlocked.  Having had a couple of years college, I quickly made petty officer, but in boot camp I was just another grunt, and I remember the PT and seamanship training everybody had to go through, and the basic instruction on handling and firing small arms.  See, no matter what type of conflict the US Military (as in “Military”)  was involved in back in the good old days, or whether there was a conflict at all,  or what branch of service or job code, everybody had to have a minimum level of proficiency in things…..military.

As I was driving my granddaughter to her summer job this morning, an ad came on the vhf marine radio for the US Navy.  Actually, they kept saying ‘ America’s Navy’, which I thought was a little odd.  Anyway, the narrator started talking about various units in the Navy, like the Seabees, and different individuals, like captains and Seamen First Class.  Several scenarios were presented and I don’t recall the exact details, but they were along the lines of   ‘Seabee unit such-and-such making a difference in (fill-in-the-blank third world country) village;  or Captain so-and-so making a difference in the life of a small (fill-in-the-blank third world country) boy.’  And so on.

Having been only half asleep the last few decades, I have read and heard about such things as ‘the New Army’, the New Air Force’, the ‘New Navy’.  As once a technician myself, I certainly understand the need for different professional qualifications and skills, and perhaps nowadays even a modicum of social awareness in modern …….warfare.    Everybody who studies war these days is hip to pacification programs, and of course, US service people have always been expected to be good ambassadors when not out there going at it.  Women got really mad and patriotic all at the same time a few decades back and demanded to be allowed to kill.  Assimilated that.  Then, of course about a decade-and-a-half ago we had the silliness of the ‘Don’t Ask Mommy, Don’t Tell Daddy’ method of maintaining order in the ranks.  Weathered that.  And now we are in the Age of Openness. Don’t even need a jury for that.  The foot has to come down at some point.   But we’re holding our fire today.

For some reason, it all just congealed like something in the pit of my stomach when I heard that radio ad this morning.  The thought struck me that people are being asked to join the US Military to be ……social workers.  Sure, they might be Seabees, or clerk-typists or bosun’s mates, but the motivation factor seems to be ‘making a difference’ ,  as opposed to the erstwhile  ‘serving, or defending, your country’.  Outreach.  Everything these days is ‘outreach’,  even apparently in the ……military…….services.  It seems that the Beatles’ signature anthem of their psychedelic days, “All You Need Is Love”, has become the marching tune for …….America’s Navy….and  America’s Air Force…….and increasingly for America’s Army.  Last time I heard anything on the subject in the news, of which military organizational analysis there is not much these days because 20,000 journalists all want to write about the debt ceiling, the Marines were still somewhat recalcitrant in making adjustments in  the mission statement area, but of course they are continually harassed and goaded and cajoled into …….coming into the 21st Century, as the Progressives say.

Well, the older I get the curioser I get, so I did it.  I googled “America’s Navy”.  Yes, they have a website.   The banner reads “AMERICA’S NAVY – A Global Force For Good“.  Global ……..force for ………..good.  And yes, the website looks like an ad for…..the Peace Corps, or the United Way, or the Agency for International Development, or UNICEF, or the cover of a Hillary Clinton book.  Even the website www.navy.mil( as in “military” ) while offering a couple of cool photos of a fighter jet and a few ships, features prominently at the top the Number One Photo of………Michelle………..holding up a picture book ………in front of a classroom of small children.   Please.

Okay, this is the 21st Century, and things change, and Progress is our Most Important Product, and All We Really Need Want Is Love.  But……………………who is going to………….protect us?

 

 

 

bobmontgomery
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  1. This pendulum seems to swing two & fro, varying with circumstances and the CIC. Back in Bush I, kicking Saddam out of Kuwait, everything swung to combat readiness, much training, renaming of units, changes in uniforms, etc. Then came Clinton, and another swing the other direction, heavy emphasis on female recruitment, accent on support roles & humanitarian missions. Warskills, not so much. Then, 911 and GWB, the rise of the warrior ethos, breaking things and killing people. So today, I’m not surprised at what you’ve noticed. I’m not happy either, but not surprised.

    • I know pendulum swings, but seems like each time it doesn;t swing back as far the one way as last time. They give medals in Afghanistan for…restraint. Panetta just certified “Yup, we can proceed full speed with implementing repeal of DADT!” How would he know? He’s only been SECDEF for about thirty seven minutes. He still doesn’t know who the rebels are in Libya.

      • There’s still hope (our version that is). The recent MOH recipients and our wounded heroes didn’t get where they are being social workers. But, some of this is what you get with this nation-building [redacted], which is totally different than being good ambassadors. Panetta? Pffft! He’ll know who the rebels are when CNN broadcasts it, no sooner. Jug-Ear’s recycled appointees (Panetta, Daley, HOLDER et al) do what they’re told and lack the integrity to resign rather than do things that would make a decent person gag.

    • I hadn’t thought all that much about the marketing campaign Bob speaks about (“the New”…) – really it comes down to just that, IMHO. An effort to downplay how many terrorists we are killing. Heck we don’t even capture them to interrogate them anymore.

      It’s all an extension of PC BS, our military is the strongest in the world and will return to its rightful “props in the media” as soon as we finish kicking butt at the polls.

      Nice essay, Bob. You make us think…

      • Tks, RH. I know our forces are still capable, when let loose. What bothers me is the ‘Frog-in-the-pot’ syndrome made famous by our own Lineholder. It’s bad enough that our educ. system has refrained from not only teaching kids the basics, but teaching them how and why they need to learn, we have now had for a while an outreach program to attract service people into what is advertised as more or less a ‘service’ club about uplifting the downtrodden, the needy and the minorities. While this has always been an adjunct function of the US Armed Forces, like in being a good neighbor in the communities where they have bases, and in assisting the civilian population back to stability after we defeated their armies, I worry that the mission creep is now breaking into a trot. We still have AID and we still have a State Department and we have a UN that purports to be all about helping da peeps(as opposed to its original mission). I worry that the rules of engagement are now “establish a dialogue first, shoot later”, and that that is one of the reasons we see so many posts by St. George Frederick.

  2. I’ll tell you when they will get serious about our social services military branches. When America wakes up and realizes that our lives are threatened.

    In my lifetime, we have not fought a war in which it was not pre-determined that we could utterly and totally destroy our enemy if we wanted to. My mom reminds me that in WWII, they had no such promise, therefore they fought like a country fights when it fears for its very survival.

    With Obambi giving our technology to Russia, and Clinton selling it to China, it’s just a matter of time before one of these countries big enough to give us a run for our money takes us on. When they do, we can only hope that there is enough military memory left that they know how you have to fight when it’s a fight to the death.

  1. This pendulum seems to swing two & fro, varying with circumstances and the CIC. Back in Bush I, kicking Saddam out of Kuwait, everything swung to combat readiness, much training, renaming of units, changes in uniforms, etc. Then came Clinton, and another swing the other direction, heavy emphasis on female recruitment, accent on support roles & humanitarian missions. Warskills, not so much. Then, 911 and GWB, the rise of the warrior ethos, breaking things and killing people. So today, I’m not surprised at what you’ve noticed. I’m not happy either, but not surprised.

    • I know pendulum swings, but seems like each time it doesn;t swing back as far the one way as last time. They give medals in Afghanistan for…restraint. Panetta just certified “Yup, we can proceed full speed with implementing repeal of DADT!” How would he know? He’s only been SECDEF for about thirty seven minutes. He still doesn’t know who the rebels are in Libya.

      • There’s still hope (our version that is). The recent MOH recipients and our wounded heroes didn’t get where they are being social workers. But, some of this is what you get with this nation-building [redacted], which is totally different than being good ambassadors. Panetta? Pffft! He’ll know who the rebels are when CNN broadcasts it, no sooner. Jug-Ear’s recycled appointees (Panetta, Daley, HOLDER et al) do what they’re told and lack the integrity to resign rather than do things that would make a decent person gag.

    • I hadn’t thought all that much about the marketing campaign Bob speaks about (“the New”…) – really it comes down to just that, IMHO. An effort to downplay how many terrorists we are killing. Heck we don’t even capture them to interrogate them anymore.

      It’s all an extension of PC BS, our military is the strongest in the world and will return to its rightful “props in the media” as soon as we finish kicking butt at the polls.

      Nice essay, Bob. You make us think…

      • Tks, RH. I know our forces are still capable, when let loose. What bothers me is the ‘Frog-in-the-pot’ syndrome made famous by our own Lineholder. It’s bad enough that our educ. system has refrained from not only teaching kids the basics, but teaching them how and why they need to learn, we have now had for a while an outreach program to attract service people into what is advertised as more or less a ‘service’ club about uplifting the downtrodden, the needy and the minorities. While this has always been an adjunct function of the US Armed Forces, like in being a good neighbor in the communities where they have bases, and in assisting the civilian population back to stability after we defeated their armies, I worry that the mission creep is now breaking into a trot. We still have AID and we still have a State Department and we have a UN that purports to be all about helping da peeps(as opposed to its original mission). I worry that the rules of engagement are now “establish a dialogue first, shoot later”, and that that is one of the reasons we see so many posts by St. George Frederick.

  2. I’ll tell you when they will get serious about our social services military branches. When America wakes up and realizes that our lives are threatened.

    In my lifetime, we have not fought a war in which it was not pre-determined that we could utterly and totally destroy our enemy if we wanted to. My mom reminds me that in WWII, they had no such promise, therefore they fought like a country fights when it fears for its very survival.

    With Obambi giving our technology to Russia, and Clinton selling it to China, it’s just a matter of time before one of these countries big enough to give us a run for our money takes us on. When they do, we can only hope that there is enough military memory left that they know how you have to fight when it’s a fight to the death.

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