More on the dysfunctional Army personnel system–it is actually called Human Resources, and you know you are screwed when they see you as a Resource to use and abuse and not a person.
What makes the promotion of operationally experienced soldiers troubling is not the fact that they are being promoted. What worries experts is that while the Army is downsizing, the officers with advanced degrees, internships with the National Security Council or other extraordinary experiences are getting bumped out for those who have served multiple tours.
Experts such as Barno and Nora Bensahel, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, say this practice doesn’t bode well for a future Army that will need more cyber soldiers, people with strategic experience, with unusual leadership experiences and a wide array of cultural backgrounds. Basically, promotion boards are prioritizing people with skills from the wars the U.S. is trying to leave behind.
The Colonel interviewed must be dumber than dirt; the reasons the Army doesn’t have a combat vehicle under development is because it has wasted time and effort chasing after the newest bright shiny object.
The movie Hacksaw Ridge opens this week. The hero of this story is a young Army medic who refuses to carry a rifle or pistol as it was against his religious beliefs–Seventh Day Adventists. His name Desmond Doss, who volunteer to serve in the Army in World War II and who was born in Lynchburg Virginia. Here is a short outtake from his Medal of Honor Citation.
On May 21, in a night attack on high ground near Shuri, he remained in exposed territory while the rest of his company took cover, fearlessly risking the chance that he would be mistaken for an infiltrating Japanese and giving aid to the injured until he was himself seriously wounded in the legs by the explosion of a grenade. Rather than call another aid man from cover, he cared for his own injuries and waited 5 hours before litter bearers reached him and started carrying him to cover. The trio was caught in an enemy tank attack and Pfc. Doss, seeing a more critically wounded man nearby, crawled off the litter; and directed the bearers to give their first attention to the other man. Awaiting the litter bearers’ return, he was again struck, by a sniper bullet while being carried off the field by a comrade, this time suffering a compound fracture of one arm. With magnificent fortitude he bound a rifle stock to his shattered arm as a splint and then crawled 300 yards over rough terrain to the aid station. Through his outstanding bravery and unflinching determination in the face of desperately dangerous conditions Pfc. Doss saved the lives of many soldiers. His name became a symbol throughout the 77th Infantry Division for outstanding gallantry far above and beyond the call of duty.
If I find any more stray voltage I will add it later. As Looney Toones use to say, “That’s All Folks.”