Back to Basics

Good for the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General “Smilin’ Bob” Neller– he has directed that everyone learn how to use a map and compass.  I wonder if the Army is doing so? I doubt it, we are way too awed by technology.


About keydet1976

Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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5 Responses to Back to Basics

  1. Mike Burke '73 says:

    Good to hear–during the Gulf War, our division (!st Armored) was given a bunch of LORAN boxes and a few “Sluggers”–handheld GPS–I never got one because my boss got one of each–he stayed in Saudi Arabia and I went into Iraq with the rest of the division–I got around with a lensatic compass from LL Bean and the odometer in my HMMWV. Maps were not much use in the desert because almost all the terrain was pretty much like all the other terrain–the maps looked like large sheets of paper covered with butterscotch pudding. Maybe next it’ll be acetate, grease pencils, “cartoons” and “drops.”

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    • vmijpp says:

      Woo hoo! Where you been??


      • mburke73 says:

        Teaching both face to face and online this term–for the online course, it’s like having 24 very demanding imaginary friends. I have to admit, many of the gun-related posts here are not engaging for me–but when I see something I think I can comment on, I comment.

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  2. vmijpp says:

    Yes– Gen Neller addressed a large group of us today, and spoke about the possibility (probability?) of operating on a GPS- and network-deprived battlefield of the future.


    • mburke73 says:

      Marshall used to issue maps with errors and inaccurate spot reports when he ran the various tactical problems for the Infantry School–we can never prepare too much for the “fog” part of war–even though the Gulf War was simple, conceptually, executing it, especially when you have to worry about fuel, ammo, and water all the damn time, is complicated.

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