I want to make a few things clear right off the bat: I’m not going to pretend to know what’s going on with the Army.
I’m going to say that if I can find a piece of information that I believe is relevant, I’m happy to share it.
That means I’ll tell you what I’ve found and what I’m considering as my next step, but if you’re reading this article, please don’t feel compelled to share anything that you don’t believe is absolutely important.
That’s not the point of this article.
The point of the article is to tell you why I think the Army should be in a panic.
I know what you’re thinking: Why the Army?
Well, I’ve been following the Army for years.
I served in the Army Reserve for four years in 2004, and in 2016, I went to active duty for the first time.
I didn’t really know much about the Army, and I don’t think I ever really did, but that’s not a bad thing.
I was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, which is one of the oldest active duty units in the US, and we were part of a training and doctrine battalion, which was pretty standard.
We got the basic infantry stuff right, we got everything else, and then there was something else.
We were told that the Army was going to be “the last refuge of the people who have never served.”
They were going to give you the basic training and then go off and fight for the rest of us.
I wasn’t terribly impressed with that.
So I moved on.
Then I served a couple years in a platoon and then got a little better with the military.
That was in 2008.
That platoon I served with was an infantry battalion, and that was the first unit I’d ever been in that was actually in the combat theater.
We went in with the intention of making a point that the American people had never seen before.
That our people were just sitting there, not doing anything.
We didn’t have to do anything.
It was a very different experience than what I had in the military, but it was still a very real point of view, and it wasn’t just that we were doing nothing, it was that we weren’t doing anything, because that was our job.
We had to make sure that we didn’t do anything stupid.
We knew that we had to do something stupid, but we had no idea what that would be.
I remember one day we were in an artillery training exercise.
They had a lot of small arms fire.
We just sort of sat there, like, this is stupid.
The only time I ever got in a drill was during that artillery training, because the artillery training was a disaster.
We did the drill for a couple of hours, and as I recall, we didn’ know what was going on.
We thought we had all the pieces and we had the pieces, but the mortar guys were just like, “Why the hell are we firing that?”
I remember being really disappointed.
The thing that I remember the most about that was that there was an artillery platoon, and one of our platoon mates was sitting there and he was really pissed off.
He was like, I don’ want to get in the firing line.
I said, “No, I want the artilleryman to get up on the hill and fire the mortar rounds.”
He was a little bit pissed off, but he did it.
And then the next day he was in the artillery drill again.
I think it was the third or fourth drill that we did.
It went for about two hours.
We fired a couple rounds.
He got out of the firing range and went to the artillery field, and he just got a really pissed-off look on his face.
And I was like… this is ridiculous.
He goes back to his truck and he drives off.
Then a week later he gets another job.
This time he gets fired from the artillery unit.
He went back to the mortar training.
He’s pissed off again.
And he goes back.
And the third time, he goes to the training.
And again, he’s pissed-offs again.
Finally, the drill sergeant was in charge of the platoon and said to him, “How can you be a sniper and get fired from this training?”
And he said, “Well, we’ve got this.”
And he pointed at this piece of paper.
I can’t tell you exactly what it said.
And that was one of those things that I just really couldn’t understand. He said, “I’m sorry, but this is bullshit.”
So we were all really pissed at that guy.
We would go to the field and we would shoot and get into it.
I got fired from that.
I had to move to another company and go back