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Command Post What is this?
Posted on Jan 27, 2016
Sgt William Biggs
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CPT Jack Durish
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We already know that texting while driving is a bigger threat even than driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Many can't handle texting while walking without hurting themselves. Texting in restaurants is just annoying. Texting while meeting with me is rude. But, it may me that "over-connectedness" may be the biggest threat in our lives today. Not to put too fine a point on it, but a bigger threat to America than other nations because America was built for the individual. Connectedness is built for the hive. Propagandists have jumped all over it. Savy politicians use it to free themselves from the shackles of centralized parties and form their own political hives with a hive-mind mentality.

Now, there are those who think that the military is a hive. And, to a degree it is. Still, it is made up of individuals. Indeed, the ability of the American soldier to take initiative has long been one of our greatest assets. Armies that fear individuality, that goose-step unquestioning discipline into their members, seem to succeed until the head is cut off. Communications are lost. Leaders are killed. Units then loose cohesion and fail. American units - fire teams, squads, platoons, companies, battalions, brigades and regiments - are full of nascent leaders who emerge when needed. I well-remember one instance in Vietnam when a battalion commander was speaking on the radio with an RTO. When he asked for the platoon leader, the RTO responded, "He's dead". Same for the platoon sergeant and the squad leaders. "Who's in charge?" "No one," the RTO replied. "Well then, you are," the battalion commander said and the RTO got the remainder of his unit through the firefight. No, they didn't lose.

Use social media as a tool, not a crutch, and you'll be okay.
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It's really hard to follow the three wars because the reporting is sporadic at best. It's hard to form an opinion when the reporting is anemic and Corps commanders and above can't solve our military problems.
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