It is the end of the world as we know it,” Part II.

Sergeant Majors all over the Army are going to be committing harikari if this is true.

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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7 Responses to It is the end of the world as we know it,” Part II.

  1. burkemblog says:

    This is going to be very hard to enforce. Those of us who remember the days of shaving profiles well recall how policing the length of the beard was really a distraction from other unit-level leadership needs. I support allowing beards for Sikhs–they had them for years when I was a lieutenant and captain–but no for those who just want to have one. You’re right–if this goes through, sergeants major’s heads will explode. Next thing you know, we’ll start planting non-mowable ground cover instead of grass.


  2. burkemblog says:

    When I was in the installation support business at Ft Gordon in the mid-80s, we had such a problem controlling the use of traffic yellow paint by well-intentioned CSMs that our directorate SGM took it over–none could be issued anywhere on post to anyone without a letter from him. Even the road maintenance guys had to ask him to make sure it didn’t fall into the wrong hands. Worked pretty well, actually.


  3. DaveO says:

    That was back in the day when classes at Leavenworth were held on the golf course? When “shot, over” meant pouring another round of Harvard Graphics fuel? I have heard of that era. A more genteel age.


    • burkemblog says:

      Funny you mention golf courses–Gordon, being in Augusta, GA, had the only Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course in the Army–keeping up with the Augusta National was the fervent dream of scores of Signal Corps colonels who spent their days polishing their woods on that course, and thinking of new ways we in the support directorate could “improve” it. No amount was too great. I finally got matters there under control when I read about a process that turned sludge from a sewage plant (we had our own) into fertilizer. We tried making it and experimented on the golf course–worked great to reduce costs and made the place look really good, but the smell got to many of the players at first. But it did reduce the unreasonable demands.

      On a more serious note, Marshall at the Infantry School used to argue for incorrect maps, faulty comms, and all sorts of other realistic additions to the training there. It must have been a tough course. My Transportation officer basic course in 1973 was more like what you think–drinking lunch at the O-club bar, followed by a sleepy afternoon of watching overhead slides (pre-PowerPoint days), followed by happy hour and strippers in the bar twice a week. The one day we spent learning how to care for, lay out, and inspect TA-50, however, was the most useful day I experienced there.


      • DaveO says:

        One of the fellows I worked with is a retired Sergeant Major from the Signal Corps and golfing fanatic. Spent vacation time and eventually took a job on Gordon to be near the Augusta golf course.


  4. rustybill says:

    Hmm… Issue affects not just gas masks. What about those folks who have to use oxygen masks or other breathing gear? Aircrew, obviously, and divers, also firefighters and the poor slob who gets to clean the sludge out of the bunker fuel tanks…


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