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Vadr

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  1. Having served in two branches, and in two vastly different fields, I can only agree with you up to a point. In the Navy, where I served in a technical billet, some of the junior officers were not, imho, 'top-notch' (tho many were). OTOH, with a few notable exceptions, the infantry officers I served with were excellent. Competent soldiers and good leaders who took their jobs very seriously. Maybe I was just lucky, but 2 out of 3 company commanders I served under, and most of the junior LTs (after they had aquired some line experience) were men I would stack up against anyone. Further, I think Emrys nails it by pointing out that the senior NCOs are the backbone of any service. It was before my time, but my understanding is that officers were not drafted in the Vietnam war. Only enlisted. Furthermore, no senior NCO will become such simply because he was drafted (obviously). When I served in the Army in (West) Germany, my feeling was that my infantry company would probably sustain something along the lines of 40-50% casualties on first contact with the Soviets, but the remaining 50-60% would be an effective unit. I came in contact with conscript/draftee troops from several NATO countries during my time in the service. I was not impressed with any of them. The Italians leap instantly to mind. While they had many top-notch officers (or so it seemed to me), the draftee Privates were to a man nearly worthless.
  2. Interesting discussion. Disclosure: I'm a volunteer veteran (Navy avionics tech and Army infantry). I served 10 years and I've been out of the military almost 20 years now. To address the original point of the thread: There are two groups in our (American) society who are, imho, drastically underpaid: Teachers and Soldiers. I see nothing wrong whatsoever in increasing the various bonuses provided to the troops, and I'm especially in favor of weighting those bonuses toward combat arms. If I were President, my first act would be to ram a bill through congress doubling or tripling the pay for every American serving in the armed forces. Does that make our troops mercenaries? I don't think so. Society has to reward an all-volunteer force somehow, after all. Else no one would serve. If, as Nidan alludes to, the bonuses enable the military to be more competitve with the civilian sector, I just don't see anything wrong with that. When it comes to the "professional vs amateurs" discussion; the military I served in contained both. A hard-core of career officers and NCOs, surrounded by a larger group of short-term personnel. Perhaps not an ideal mix ala the Roman army, but certainly an adequate one. I think such things would happen far more often in a conscript force. I think any reasonable person understands that there are bad apples in every bunch, and isolated incidents such as Abu Ghraib do not reflect on the force as a whole unless such incidents are not properly addressed and punished by the leaders of the force. The punishments might be more draconian in a conscript force, and the public might expect them to be. I do think an all-volunteer force is more susceptible to...cognizant of...public opinion, but my experience in the US armed forces was that the entire military mindset is firmly geared toward the military being subservient to civilian leadership and authority. I don't think that would change very much if we reinstituted the draft.
  3. Vadr

    Call for Help

    That's a CMBO operation. You can find it at the scenario deport.
  4. Vadr

    Call for Help

    Just recently finished it H2H and had a great time. I had the Americans and my opponent tried to stand back at long range and use his superior guns and optics. Didn't work out all that well for him. He eventually took the objectives, but the cost was high. Very high. Can't really suggest any tweaks. As you say; it's a lot of fun if you like massive tank battles and lots of blowed-up armor. The map gives the attacker a lot of different options. I'd call the replayability factor pretty good. Make some more CMAK operations Iron Duke. "Counterattack at Sarrebourg" is still one of my all-time favorites! <S>
  5. I always enjoy your ops Iron Duke. Please do keep turning them out.
  6. Vadr

    **** ROW V (Part 2) ****

    All first round scenarios complete. You slackers need to get with the program...
  7. Vadr

    PBEM in CMx2

    Ok. Fair enough. The people seem to be speaking contrary to my opinion in the other thread so far, we'll see... BF42 has sold a lot more copies than CM I'm sure. I understand the commercial realities. I've enjoyed your games and appreciate your efforts. Wish you great success going forward.
  8. OK, Steve has said (here): So let's please, please, please try to keep this short and sweet, and give the BFC guys some direct, simple feedback from the people who populate this forum. More, rather than less, roundly... If CMx2 is released without a PBEM option, would you: A - Buy it B - Not buy it ?
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    PBEM in CMx2

    Really? The first sentence quoted is the most interesting to me. I see that polls are disabled on the forum, but I shall attempt a small experiment, and pray your indulgence... As far as "laid-back" vs "hard-core"; anyone who frequents the Warbirds forums will tell you that I am at my most laid-back here. Hey, it's your game and you do what you wanna do. You've been hitting them out of the park so far with the CM series. I've been a big fan for a long time. I've bought copies for myself and bought copies to give to fellow grogs as gifts. You release CMX2 with anything that remotely resembles the current AI, and without PBEM, and it'll fall flat on it's face in the sales department. Moreso will fall CMX2A...and CMX2B. I am not without some experience in the field of game marketing and design. You have created not only a great game, but a great market niche. You abandon either at your peril. That's meant as friendly advice. MHO, YMMV. I am only one customer, and I only vote with one wallet.
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    PBEM in CMx2

    If there's no PBEM, I won't buy it or play it.
  11. Vadr

    **** ROW V ****

    One suggestion: it would be nice to be able to read other players' AARs for battles we have finished before the end of the tourney. I finished Maleme this week and am not likely to remember much by June... </font>
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    **** ROW V ****

    ...and for those of us who do not require zipped files; it creates just one more hoop we have to jump through... Sounds like a great tool, please pay attention in it's use. [ February 15, 2005, 05:14 PM: Message edited by: Vadr ]
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