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LTC Stephen F.
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SFC (Join to see) I remember the new VOLAR Army being in effect when I went through Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood in November 1974 as part of a combat engineer combined basic and AIT. In Basic Training we went through countless hours of PT in OD green uniforms wearing black combat boots; Drill and Ceremonies with and without M16 rifles; barracks maintenance and police call; formation runs at double time; combat first aid, maintaining and firing the M16 rifle; tactical road marches; protective mask training and basic decontamination; many hours of map reading training; land navigation techniques with only a compass and a map; many inspections frequently unannounced; fragmentation hand grenades; M203 grenade launcher on top of M16 rifle; Light Antitank (LAW); M-60 machine gun; land mines and booby traps - emplacing, marking, detecting and recognizing CHICOM and Russian mines; M18 Claymore; Squad tactical training, and close combat training. Thanks for reminding me about VOLAR SGT Gregory Lawritson
Later in AIT, my duty assignment with 20th Engineer Battalion (Combat) and at West Point I went through hand-to-hand training; bayonet and pugil-stick training, water survival training; military bridge building; demolitions; setting and removing booby traps; road recons with map and compass; day and night land navigation techniques; personal and crew-served weapons training and qualification; etc.
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SSG Warren Swan
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"Some might say, ‘we don’t do that in combat".....it's not that "SOME" might say it, it's scary that damn near ALL do say it. I listed last ween 10 of the hardest things to do in the Army and calling cadence, and counter columns was two of them. We get to roll our sleeves again.....YAY. We get to wear a new PT uniform...YAY. No more berets.....YAY. What are we not getting? Went to PLDC in 98 here is some of the things they taught at Knox:
1. Counseling
2. Moving formations
3. Land Nav with NO electronic assistance
4. D&C I found this hilarious at the time being we had TOG Soldiers with us and they swore they were hot shit UNTIL we had to be graded on D&C and Land Nav,
5. Leadership principles
6. Accountability for self and those under you.

While some of that could be delegated to unit level, is that something we should do being units are burdened with every other kind of training you could dream of. A lot of SM's remember garrison Army and how it sucked, but they are being pushed out through retirements, ETSing, or other means. Who is filling that gap of knowledge? Garrison Army sucked, but what it taught was attention to detail in everyday life. We all know how to clean a M16 with carb cleaner thinking it'll get over on the PSG or 1SG after a range. If you're old enough, you might remember when there was this thing called room inspections and you had to have a display ready at all times with the uniforms facing a certain way, pressed, with a certain spacing between them, boots shined and a lot of other ignorant stuff that today is no longer done by and large. Sometimes you need to go backwards to go forwards, and maybe that time is coming up.
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SSG Warren Swan awesome post, ACTIVE DUTY henceforth wisdom and experience. I would put this in my RUCKSACK anytime of the day and keep it on me always. Well said and profoundly/articulately conveyed.
CSM Charles Hayden LTC Stephen F. SSG James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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Cpl Mark A. Morris
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To me,
It does not appear the current administration has the back of the military. As long as it is cover your arse, Senior NCO's and NCO's better be careful. It's hard to train when folks cry for their mommies every time you turn around.
Support must come from the top before problems like the above can be fixed PDQ.
Best of luck to anyone out there putting up with disrespect and trying to fix the problem.
M. Morris RVT
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