The ORIGINAL gathering place for a merry band of Three Percenters. (As denounced by Bill Clinton on CNN!)
We'll change that attitude real quick the next time we get into a serious ground war, I think.And watch all the manuals get re-written the next time we lose air superiority.Being an unchallenged superpower instills a bit of decadence and softness into an empire/nation-state.We're no different.AP
Rosa has never carried a full combat load.
Rosa Brooks is a law professor at Georgetown University and a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation.And it shows.She sounds like the kind of person who's ruck would get passed along during a road march to keep them from falling out. This is why desk jockeys making decisions for the military is a terrible idea. Yeah, physical strength isn't important; until you're rucking loads in excess of 90 pounds, inventorying and packing heavy equipment, or carrying your buddy out of a fire zone. Not to mention shifts in excess of 72 hours and exposure to the elements. We've already got a hard enough time getting kids out of high school to the physical standards.
I skimmed thru the first few paragraphs of the "story" (and a fable it is) before having to stop before getting ill.The military doesn't need 'em as young and as strong as they used to? W-T-bloody-F!!Try telling that to the infantry, busting their hump carrying up to 2/3 of their body weight in guns, ammo, commo, water, armor, etc -- thru the 100+heat of Iraq, and the steep mountains of the 'Stan.There are other reasons to get 'em while they're still young (fresh out of school & smart, no deep committments, looking for adventure, trainable & teachable). Being in the military, any branch, is not for the dumb or weak.I don't know & don't care who this limp wristed panty waist is, but he needs to STFD &STFU.B WoodmanIII-PER
An 18 year old is easier to get in shape. The main reason is they can be molded easier than those with more experience in life.
Yep - old pissed off arthritic soldiers would get on with the job so much quicker and not tollerate non-essential activity!Age and cunning will trump youth and inexperience most every time.KiwiIII
She has obviously never been in the Girl Scouts, much less the military.-JRM
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