a reply to: Aazadan
You hit the nail on the head, really. They've made the study available for download, I typed up a nice synopsis and of course my phone ate it.
I'll whip something up but I plan to re-read it. Some incidents that they reported were things like:
Not asking permission to return fire on indirect fire to avoid crossfire (lotta fire in that sentence. Basically they could have shot each other out
Reporting items damaged, missing or depleted, including big ticket items, to get duplicates
Not reporting damaged/nonfunctional/incomplete items (Anything from vehicles down to antennae)
Not reporting enemy contact to avoid making storyboards
Not completing required counseling, signing off on forms to indicate soldiers completed counseling when they didn't, these number in the "tens of
Not checking soldier living conditions because it made them "uncomfortable"
There's literally too much training to complete in the training days that are allotted (296 days worth of training I think, vs 250 days available) so
they fudge virtually everything. Everyone knows and everyone accepts it. This means things like sexual harassment training, missile launch training,
IED training, etc are just slipping through the cracks. It goes from the top to the bottom, field and staff officers are all aware that everyone else
is constantly just "checking the box" and "giving them what they want" (the higher ups). Those two phrases were repeated over and over by officers.
And the researches focused on the Army because they're most familiar with it out of the armed forces, not because the Army burns more turds than the
I'm sure the USMC has their share of dirty secrets.
They interviewed officers, because officers are expected by the public to be upstanding, honest, reliable, etc.
The Army is wrapped in a massive bundle of red tape and they're losing their integrity because of it, costing the US lots of money and potentially
endangering the lives of soldiers. It's not good. In fact it's a lot worse than I expected.
Just like a large business, they're losing touch, there's no accountability, there's no way to track things, they don't keep records, and it makes for
a very bad time for those in the bottom tier.
In this case, my signature says it all... "We're up against boneheaded bureaucracy. Complete ossification!"
edit on 23-2-2015 by FireflyStars
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