|Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 9):|
The quality of the recruits that came in over the past 5 years has been abysmal, and we're starting to see the consequences.
Well the article (which seemed pretty OK
to me) did point out Morlock's 'history'.
Not the only one either - not related to these incidents - when this has cropped up again and again since Iraq ramped up in 03 and - not anticipated - stayed ramped up for years.
Given your point (experience) of standards, could it be that the answer is just a smaller military?
The answer comes back, true in the short term, that 'we need what we need for our foreign policy'.
Then adjust said policy.
The US spends more as a % of GDP of defence than any other Western nation by far, consequently it has more in uniform as a % of population too.
(If you factor out Conscript forces - though Germany has now ended it, France seems to be close behind - we also have to factor IN
troops who will be sent into combat, which those conscript forces in Europe were/are not, since WW3 did not happen!)
Is that the problem? I doubt the average American kid is better/worse than ones in other Western nations.
A friend is a Senior NCO in the British Army - a 20 year veteran, including pre ceasefire Northern Ireland, former Yugoslavia, Iraq in 2003 and 2007.
I asked him what the kids are like - if you believe the British tabloid press it must be hopeless.
Those sorts of reports really rile him, he reckons the recruits are 'better than we were'.
As in technically adept, discipline, 'fearless' - or as he put it fuckin fearless!
While I don't have the figures to hand, I think that the UK has a rather smaller % of troops per population than the US.
About 100,000 in the regular army, a few thousand more in the Royal Marines, from a population of 61 million. BUT! that includes not only a couple of thousand Gurkha's but also there are a couple of thousand more from the Commonwealth.
South Africa, Fiji, the Caribbean (where VC
winner Johnson Beharry came from) being notable examples - sadly I'm aware of this due to news reports of KIA's.
Then again, the British Army is overstretched! Even after Iraq ended for them.
Deep down, I think the powers that be actually prefer this if they can be choosy.
(Not to say their men have not at times behaved in a criminal fashion - but if Dreadnought thinks there are hostile elements of the press reporting on the US in combat, he should consider the UK!)
|Quoting 777way (Reply 15):|
My blood is boiling reading this, I can imagine how terrorists must be feeling no wonder the hatred.
This is a hell of a propaganda victory for the Taliban.
So aside from the criminal acts towards Afghans, these 'men' have in effect further endangered their and all the other ISAF/NATO colleagues.