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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Carolus in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    Well, it’s all very simple even though it seems that most military leaders and planners have forgotten the concepts.
    1.ARMOR SUPPORTS INFANTRY! 
    2. INFANTRY PROTECTS ARMOR!
    Contrary to popular belief, and depiction by Hollywood, armor IS NOT CALVARY! In this type of war, armor, except APCs, need to by positioned “hull-down” in overwatch to target the objectives of the infantry assault, not to “lead the charge with bugles blaring.” Yes, the armored “battle-taxis needs to run forward to deploy the grunts, but then, if possible, return to hull-down positions to do close support of the infantry.
    if you don’t have air support, you use predesignated artillery fire on ANY location that can be used for AT assets and heavy weapons the enemy might have to use against your assault element. Battalion size elements and larger (remember always have a minimum of at least 3 to 1 over the enemy force), use double envelopment whenever possible so the enemy can’t concentrate all their forces against the assault force.
    it seems to me that the commanders of today, except in very basic ways the Russians, have forgotten these very basic precepts that I was taught as a Sgt. more than 50-years ago.
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    Vet 0369 reacted to poesel in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from CAZmaj in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    All officers, whether Regular or Reserve, basically enter the service with the same amount of training. The vast majority of officers were officers simply because they were college grads. They all received the same amount of basic Officer training, and then got their REAL training and experience in the field. The successful “good” officers were successful and good because they listened to their experienced NCOs. Even a college degree wasn’t really necessary. During recruit training, everyone takes a battery of tests to determine their GCT (I believe it stands for “general college test”) score to determine their general placement and “job qualification.” If it it high enough, you qualify for Officer training. In 1969, I was offered the opportunity to attend U.S.M.C. Basic Officer Candidate School, even though I was 19 years old, graduated High School one month before, and had no college. I declined the offer.
    One young (under-aged) Soldier from Texas during WWII  had tried to join the Marine Corps, but was rejected because he was too short. He got into the Army as a Private, and finished the war as a Major, AND, the most decorated serviceman in WWII. His name was Audie Murphy. So I would question the validity of any statement that a “90-day wonder” is something less than a West Point or Annapolis graduate.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from CAZmaj in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    Well, it’s all very simple even though it seems that most military leaders and planners have forgotten the concepts.
    1.ARMOR SUPPORTS INFANTRY! 
    2. INFANTRY PROTECTS ARMOR!
    Contrary to popular belief, and depiction by Hollywood, armor IS NOT CALVARY! In this type of war, armor, except APCs, need to by positioned “hull-down” in overwatch to target the objectives of the infantry assault, not to “lead the charge with bugles blaring.” Yes, the armored “battle-taxis needs to run forward to deploy the grunts, but then, if possible, return to hull-down positions to do close support of the infantry.
    if you don’t have air support, you use predesignated artillery fire on ANY location that can be used for AT assets and heavy weapons the enemy might have to use against your assault element. Battalion size elements and larger (remember always have a minimum of at least 3 to 1 over the enemy force), use double envelopment whenever possible so the enemy can’t concentrate all their forces against the assault force.
    it seems to me that the commanders of today, except in very basic ways the Russians, have forgotten these very basic precepts that I was taught as a Sgt. more than 50-years ago.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from paxromana in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    All officers, whether Regular or Reserve, basically enter the service with the same amount of training. The vast majority of officers were officers simply because they were college grads. They all received the same amount of basic Officer training, and then got their REAL training and experience in the field. The successful “good” officers were successful and good because they listened to their experienced NCOs. Even a college degree wasn’t really necessary. During recruit training, everyone takes a battery of tests to determine their GCT (I believe it stands for “general college test”) score to determine their general placement and “job qualification.” If it it high enough, you qualify for Officer training. In 1969, I was offered the opportunity to attend U.S.M.C. Basic Officer Candidate School, even though I was 19 years old, graduated High School one month before, and had no college. I declined the offer.
    One young (under-aged) Soldier from Texas during WWII  had tried to join the Marine Corps, but was rejected because he was too short. He got into the Army as a Private, and finished the war as a Major, AND, the most decorated serviceman in WWII. His name was Audie Murphy. So I would question the validity of any statement that a “90-day wonder” is something less than a West Point or Annapolis graduate.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Roach in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    All officers, whether Regular or Reserve, basically enter the service with the same amount of training. The vast majority of officers were officers simply because they were college grads. They all received the same amount of basic Officer training, and then got their REAL training and experience in the field. The successful “good” officers were successful and good because they listened to their experienced NCOs. Even a college degree wasn’t really necessary. During recruit training, everyone takes a battery of tests to determine their GCT (I believe it stands for “general college test”) score to determine their general placement and “job qualification.” If it it high enough, you qualify for Officer training. In 1969, I was offered the opportunity to attend U.S.M.C. Basic Officer Candidate School, even though I was 19 years old, graduated High School one month before, and had no college. I declined the offer.
    One young (under-aged) Soldier from Texas during WWII  had tried to join the Marine Corps, but was rejected because he was too short. He got into the Army as a Private, and finished the war as a Major, AND, the most decorated serviceman in WWII. His name was Audie Murphy. So I would question the validity of any statement that a “90-day wonder” is something less than a West Point or Annapolis graduate.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Zeleban in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    All officers, whether Regular or Reserve, basically enter the service with the same amount of training. The vast majority of officers were officers simply because they were college grads. They all received the same amount of basic Officer training, and then got their REAL training and experience in the field. The successful “good” officers were successful and good because they listened to their experienced NCOs. Even a college degree wasn’t really necessary. During recruit training, everyone takes a battery of tests to determine their GCT (I believe it stands for “general college test”) score to determine their general placement and “job qualification.” If it it high enough, you qualify for Officer training. In 1969, I was offered the opportunity to attend U.S.M.C. Basic Officer Candidate School, even though I was 19 years old, graduated High School one month before, and had no college. I declined the offer.
    One young (under-aged) Soldier from Texas during WWII  had tried to join the Marine Corps, but was rejected because he was too short. He got into the Army as a Private, and finished the war as a Major, AND, the most decorated serviceman in WWII. His name was Audie Murphy. So I would question the validity of any statement that a “90-day wonder” is something less than a West Point or Annapolis graduate.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Lethaface in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    So, again you are advocating taking one-third of the entire USMC Infantry force and basically placing them in “garrison”? What would that do to the U.S. ability to respond to “other world hotspots? Think about it, who are referred to as “The President’s Own” due to the fact that the President can deploy a USMC rapid deployment force at a moment’s notice? While it is an honor that you consider  the USMC to be such an amazing force, we do have human frailties. The USMC this three active Infantry divisions ( MARDIV) and three active air wings (MAW) that support each MARDIV. In addition we have one active reserve MARDIV and one MAW. Marine infantry basically trust only Marine or Navy Air for Close Air Support, so they will have one of them everywhere they are deployed. The concept of deploying a MARDIV and MAW on Taiwan as a deterrent is totally unnecessary and a waste of a deterrent force. Marines are basically able to deploy to any location in the World within 72 hours. Case in point, when I was a Reservist in the 4th MARDIV in 1980, just after the abortive hostage rescue mission in Iran, I received  a phone call at home (just north of Boston) on Wednesday evening ordering me to report for duty in Chicopee, Ma (about 120 miles from home) by 1500 on the next Friday. I reported in and by 1900, we were on Air Force C-141s and on route to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. When we landed a few hours later, we landed with the rest of the ENTIRE Regiment, in clouding Armor, Artillery, and Transport. And that was an Active Reserve Regiment.Think about what an active MARDIV can do today.
    Please stop that type of silly “wish” talk.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Seedorf81 in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    So, again you are advocating taking one-third of the entire USMC Infantry force and basically placing them in “garrison”? What would that do to the U.S. ability to respond to “other world hotspots? Think about it, who are referred to as “The President’s Own” due to the fact that the President can deploy a USMC rapid deployment force at a moment’s notice? While it is an honor that you consider  the USMC to be such an amazing force, we do have human frailties. The USMC this three active Infantry divisions ( MARDIV) and three active air wings (MAW) that support each MARDIV. In addition we have one active reserve MARDIV and one MAW. Marine infantry basically trust only Marine or Navy Air for Close Air Support, so they will have one of them everywhere they are deployed. The concept of deploying a MARDIV and MAW on Taiwan as a deterrent is totally unnecessary and a waste of a deterrent force. Marines are basically able to deploy to any location in the World within 72 hours. Case in point, when I was a Reservist in the 4th MARDIV in 1980, just after the abortive hostage rescue mission in Iran, I received  a phone call at home (just north of Boston) on Wednesday evening ordering me to report for duty in Chicopee, Ma (about 120 miles from home) by 1500 on the next Friday. I reported in and by 1900, we were on Air Force C-141s and on route to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. When we landed a few hours later, we landed with the rest of the ENTIRE Regiment, in clouding Armor, Artillery, and Transport. And that was an Active Reserve Regiment.Think about what an active MARDIV can do today.
    Please stop that type of silly “wish” talk.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Lethaface in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    I really hope not. I get too stressed with that type of garbage. Definition of stress: “The overwhelming desire to choke the living **** out of some ignorant S.O.B. who really deserves it!”
     
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Billy Ringo in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    I really hope not. I get too stressed with that type of garbage. Definition of stress: “The overwhelming desire to choke the living **** out of some ignorant S.O.B. who really deserves it!”
     
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from CAZmaj in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    How does this have any relevance to anything? Ukraine is in a war for its very existence, and it’s only natural that they recruit and conscript anywho they feel can make a contribution. Case-in point, when I was in Norway on a NATO joint operation, I learned that EVERY Norwegian citizen, from the time they graduated secondary school, was REQUIRED to serve 15 months in the Army, or 24 months in the Air Force/Navy as long as they were physically and mentally qualified. They then served in the Active Reserve until age 45, and then in the Inactive Reserve until age 65! That was in case they were invaded again (this time by the Soviet Union). Your comments about “50-year olds” in Ukraine are nothing more than “Red Herrings.”
    You have ONE chance to address this intelligently, before I put you on ignore.
     
     
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from danfrodo in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    THEY HAVE COOKIES!
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from JonS in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    THEY HAVE COOKIES!
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Livdoc44 in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    Unfortunately, this concept isn’t new. My Father was severely injured while in the U.S.M.C. during WWII. His left leg was crushed from the hip to the ankle when a vehicle he was driving rolled over to the left, which threw his leg out and under it. My Grandparents received the telegram “We regret to inform you ….” He spent two years in the hospital, where they get him addicted to Morphine, which he had to kick. The U.S.M.C. discharged him on a medical discharge as a “Ruptured Duck” because his left leg was put back together with rods, pins, plates, and screws, and was 1 and 1/2 inches shorter than his right leg. He continued to work for the rest of his life as a fisherman, lobsterman, automotive body repair, and a Master Plumber. When he tried to get the U.S.M.C. to up his pension from 60 or 70% disabled to 100% disabled, they refused stating that they would up it when he couldn’t work anymore.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Joe982 in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    Sometimes it isn’t a simple matter of “forgetting.” I must ashamedly admit that even I, a former USMC Rifle Platoon Sgt. and Weapons Section Leader screwed up royally a few years ago when I was on the range at my local Fish and Game Club. I was target shooting with my Ruger Mini-14. I fired a shot and my bolt locked, so I assumed my magazine was empty. At the same time, the “ceasefire”alarm sounded, and we went down-range to inspect our targets. When I got back to my shooting bench, the Range Officer was standing next to my ench and said “Is that your rifle?” I looked down and realized that I had not only left the magazine in the rifle, there were rounds to the magazine because I had a malfunction that locked the bolt back. He said “Never do that again!” I was absolutely mortified! I have been clearing weapons for almost 60 years, and that f..k-up I have ever done in all that time. You can be VERY SURE that it will never happen again.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from dan/california in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    Sometimes it isn’t a simple matter of “forgetting.” I must ashamedly admit that even I, a former USMC Rifle Platoon Sgt. and Weapons Section Leader screwed up royally a few years ago when I was on the range at my local Fish and Game Club. I was target shooting with my Ruger Mini-14. I fired a shot and my bolt locked, so I assumed my magazine was empty. At the same time, the “ceasefire”alarm sounded, and we went down-range to inspect our targets. When I got back to my shooting bench, the Range Officer was standing next to my ench and said “Is that your rifle?” I looked down and realized that I had not only left the magazine in the rifle, there were rounds to the magazine because I had a malfunction that locked the bolt back. He said “Never do that again!” I was absolutely mortified! I have been clearing weapons for almost 60 years, and that f..k-up I have ever done in all that time. You can be VERY SURE that it will never happen again.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Harmon Rabb in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    Sometimes it isn’t a simple matter of “forgetting.” I must ashamedly admit that even I, a former USMC Rifle Platoon Sgt. and Weapons Section Leader screwed up royally a few years ago when I was on the range at my local Fish and Game Club. I was target shooting with my Ruger Mini-14. I fired a shot and my bolt locked, so I assumed my magazine was empty. At the same time, the “ceasefire”alarm sounded, and we went down-range to inspect our targets. When I got back to my shooting bench, the Range Officer was standing next to my ench and said “Is that your rifle?” I looked down and realized that I had not only left the magazine in the rifle, there were rounds to the magazine because I had a malfunction that locked the bolt back. He said “Never do that again!” I was absolutely mortified! I have been clearing weapons for almost 60 years, and that f..k-up I have ever done in all that time. You can be VERY SURE that it will never happen again.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from acrashb in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    LOL, while I understand and sympathize with you, I live in the Peoples Democratic Republic of Massachusetts, so ALL of our Federal Representatives and Senators, and most of our State Representatives and State Senators are Democrats, and I refuse to associate with any of them since Ted Kennedy left the Senate. He at least would reach across the aisle and negotiate with the Republicans “for the good of the country” as would the Republicans of that era. Today, EVERYONE’s philosophy is “my way or the highway.” In both parties!
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Aragorn2002 in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    LOL, while I understand and sympathize with you, I live in the Peoples Democratic Republic of Massachusetts, so ALL of our Federal Representatives and Senators, and most of our State Representatives and State Senators are Democrats, and I refuse to associate with any of them since Ted Kennedy left the Senate. He at least would reach across the aisle and negotiate with the Republicans “for the good of the country” as would the Republicans of that era. Today, EVERYONE’s philosophy is “my way or the highway.” In both parties!
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Roach in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    Unfortunately, this concept isn’t new. My Father was severely injured while in the U.S.M.C. during WWII. His left leg was crushed from the hip to the ankle when a vehicle he was driving rolled over to the left, which threw his leg out and under it. My Grandparents received the telegram “We regret to inform you ….” He spent two years in the hospital, where they get him addicted to Morphine, which he had to kick. The U.S.M.C. discharged him on a medical discharge as a “Ruptured Duck” because his left leg was put back together with rods, pins, plates, and screws, and was 1 and 1/2 inches shorter than his right leg. He continued to work for the rest of his life as a fisherman, lobsterman, automotive body repair, and a Master Plumber. When he tried to get the U.S.M.C. to up his pension from 60 or 70% disabled to 100% disabled, they refused stating that they would up it when he couldn’t work anymore.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Ultradave in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    Unfortunately, this concept isn’t new. My Father was severely injured while in the U.S.M.C. during WWII. His left leg was crushed from the hip to the ankle when a vehicle he was driving rolled over to the left, which threw his leg out and under it. My Grandparents received the telegram “We regret to inform you ….” He spent two years in the hospital, where they get him addicted to Morphine, which he had to kick. The U.S.M.C. discharged him on a medical discharge as a “Ruptured Duck” because his left leg was put back together with rods, pins, plates, and screws, and was 1 and 1/2 inches shorter than his right leg. He continued to work for the rest of his life as a fisherman, lobsterman, automotive body repair, and a Master Plumber. When he tried to get the U.S.M.C. to up his pension from 60 or 70% disabled to 100% disabled, they refused stating that they would up it when he couldn’t work anymore.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Monty's Mighty Moustache in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    Unfortunately, this concept isn’t new. My Father was severely injured while in the U.S.M.C. during WWII. His left leg was crushed from the hip to the ankle when a vehicle he was driving rolled over to the left, which threw his leg out and under it. My Grandparents received the telegram “We regret to inform you ….” He spent two years in the hospital, where they get him addicted to Morphine, which he had to kick. The U.S.M.C. discharged him on a medical discharge as a “Ruptured Duck” because his left leg was put back together with rods, pins, plates, and screws, and was 1 and 1/2 inches shorter than his right leg. He continued to work for the rest of his life as a fisherman, lobsterman, automotive body repair, and a Master Plumber. When he tried to get the U.S.M.C. to up his pension from 60 or 70% disabled to 100% disabled, they refused stating that they would up it when he couldn’t work anymore.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from Zeleban in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    Unfortunately, this concept isn’t new. My Father was severely injured while in the U.S.M.C. during WWII. His left leg was crushed from the hip to the ankle when a vehicle he was driving rolled over to the left, which threw his leg out and under it. My Grandparents received the telegram “We regret to inform you ….” He spent two years in the hospital, where they get him addicted to Morphine, which he had to kick. The U.S.M.C. discharged him on a medical discharge as a “Ruptured Duck” because his left leg was put back together with rods, pins, plates, and screws, and was 1 and 1/2 inches shorter than his right leg. He continued to work for the rest of his life as a fisherman, lobsterman, automotive body repair, and a Master Plumber. When he tried to get the U.S.M.C. to up his pension from 60 or 70% disabled to 100% disabled, they refused stating that they would up it when he couldn’t work anymore.
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    Vet 0369 got a reaction from kimbosbread in How Hot is Ukraine Gonna Get?   
    Unfortunately, this concept isn’t new. My Father was severely injured while in the U.S.M.C. during WWII. His left leg was crushed from the hip to the ankle when a vehicle he was driving rolled over to the left, which threw his leg out and under it. My Grandparents received the telegram “We regret to inform you ….” He spent two years in the hospital, where they get him addicted to Morphine, which he had to kick. The U.S.M.C. discharged him on a medical discharge as a “Ruptured Duck” because his left leg was put back together with rods, pins, plates, and screws, and was 1 and 1/2 inches shorter than his right leg. He continued to work for the rest of his life as a fisherman, lobsterman, automotive body repair, and a Master Plumber. When he tried to get the U.S.M.C. to up his pension from 60 or 70% disabled to 100% disabled, they refused stating that they would up it when he couldn’t work anymore.
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