posted on Jan, 11 2010 @ 12:07 AM
I watched the first five minutes and got the gist of it.
The "warriorization" of the Army has been wholesale, and is indicative of the sea change in doctrine that is best summed up in FM 3-24, the COunter
INsurgency (COIN) Manual.
The Warrior Creed v.s. Soldier's Creed
Warrior Task Training v.s. Common Task Training
Warrior Leadership Course v.s. Primary Leadership Course
Not the cause of atrocities, merely symptoms of disease.
The Army has struggled to adapt to new threats and operational environments, under tremendous pressure and unknowns from the perceived threat of
terrorism. The Army is performing both military and civil functions, and consequently struggling to do either well. Training is still at least 20
years behind the times.
The NCO corps is not what is used to be. Conditional promotions, shortened or waived NCO courses, and a system of automatic promotion to E-4 has had a
terrible effect on discipline and general competence. Field-craft is nearly non-existent outside the toughest infantry and scout units. Your uniform
cannot be pressed and starched. Privates don't even shine boots anymore; your boots are suede and can't be polished. Drill sergeants can't call
them dirty names, or "stress" them out. The Army has been weakened by the touchy-feely, politically correct, self-esteem generation of politicians
Our President presented the idea of "just violence" in his Nobel acceptance speech, justified by the self-evident fact that negotiations wouldn't
have stopped the Nazi's and won't stop Al Qaeda (not that anyone has sincerely considered this option). It points to a greater conflict in
America's thinking when it comes to the Good War and the Soldier as Hero, and its ambivalence in an ongoing conflict that is defined by the
ineffability of the Enemy.
Soldiering is a lot more confusing than it used to be.