The Navy Breaks With Tradition

I never have understood Naval Enlisted Ranks, apparently I shan’t to ever worry about that again.  In apparent break with 200 years of tradition the U. S. Navy is going to change it Enlisted Rank System.  Next thing you know they will get rid of buggery at the high seas (hat tip to Cheece and Chong)

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More Detail on the Navy’s Surface Combatant Woes

A little follow-up to Tango Seven-Six’s previous post on the Navy’s glaring problems with its newer classes of ships.

Yes, it’s an opinion piece but it contains details that help to illuminate what’s going on.

These new classes of ships are critical to our national defense. With newly emergent anti-access/area-denial threats, a flat defense budget, and a rapidly shrinking fleet, the Navy and the nation it protects desperately need these ships to enter the fleet rapidly and in a mechanically reliable fashion, but they are not. Instead the Ford, the Zumwalt, and both variants of the LCS have all been plagued with numerous and repetitive mechanical failures that largely surround the electrical and propulsion plants. Given that the Ford and the Zumwalt utilize a radical new electric-drive propulsion system, an electrical failure in these classes has the simultaneous effect of being a propulsion failure, an awkward relationship in a wartime environment.


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This Will Drive the Sergeants Major Bat Shit Crazy

Over at Army Times.

“The new rules provide several options for local commanders. Here’s what’s now allowed:

In garrison

  • Sleeves down.
  • Sleeves rolled with the camo facing out.
  • Sleeves rolled with the camo facing in.

In the field or deployed

  • Sleeves down.
  • Sleeves cuffed with the camo facing out.
  • Sleeves cuffed with the camo facing in.

“You’ve got options, and you make the decision, company commander,” Milley said.”

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Infuriating: Sailors Refuse to Stand for National Anthem

Sad, but true.

The anti-anthem protest movement spawned by San Francisco 49s Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is now spreading beyond the sports world and into such unlikely corners as the U.S. military.

A report on says two U.S. service members are facing administrative action for refusing to stand during the playing of the U.S. national anthem.

I’d like to ask, What the hell is going on here?? But the answer is clear: fundamental transformation.

The Navy needs to excise this cancer from its ranks, immediately. Fat chance of that happening, if you know the modern Navy.

We are headed for an ugly wake-up.

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Soldier’s Soldier to be Named Honorary Sergeant Major of the Army

I saw this today and was in tears of awe.  Lieutenant General David Grange Jr. to be name this years Honorary Sergeant Major of the Army.  General Grange commanded the 2nd Infantry Division when I was a Lieutenant.  He was an inspiring leader and an awesome soldier.  Two Stars on his collar, two gold stars in his jump wings, and two stars in his Combat Infantryman’s Badge.  He led by example.

I remember the day he took the two battalions of Armor Lieutenants and Platoon Non Commissioned Officers to the site of a battle fought during the Korean War.  In that battle he was 1st Lieutenant Company Commander who fought along side the 72nd Armor.  On that day he was not the Division Commander, rather he was a senior lieutenant telling others Lieutenants and NCOs how to lead troops in war.

The Brits have a great traditions for an Officer or NCO they respect, they give three cheers.  Every soldier in the United States Army should give three cheers for Lieutenant General David Grange Jr.–they don’t make his kind any more.

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GunDay Sunday: Dove Season

This is my first and probably last season hunting the Rio Grande for Dove.  And yipers was it hot.  An NCO I work with had asked if I wanted to go.  We have not had the chance to go together but I made safe to get a shotgun, borrowed from my dear lady’s father.  Which would be illegal in California apparently!

So we went down the Rio and set up on the other side of some young mesquite that hid us and spread out along the Rio.  I had brought a box of 100 Shells, which was needed for my first time.  You’d think they’d go down with two shots but some of these blokes would still be picking to fly so there’s two way to go about this.  You pick them up and snap their necks or you shoot them before they can take off.  I did both a few times, some of those suckers are dead on the north side of the fence somewhere when I couldn’t get a second shot.

I have to say, an over-under makes for an easy conversation with the Warden.  Altogether we had 22 dove harvested that evening.  I personally took 8.  I had expected dove to be much bigger, so 16 dove breasts will equal about the size of a chicken breast.  I plan to make some raviolo and will need to go out again a few more times to accomplish that task.14333850_10155366493694498_1627761775738513078_n

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Gun-Day Sunday: VMI Men and Women Beat Citadel in Rifle Competition

Although I’m not a big follower of VMI athletics, or any other athletics for that matter, this is too good not to pass on–

Congrats to VMI Men’s Rifle team defeating Citadel mixed team 4479 to 4459 and VMI Women’s rifle team defeating Citadel Women 4423 to 4139. Great first match and we move on USNA next weekend.

Well done!

(And thanks to MHF’89, the modern day Weird Harold, for the info.)

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