Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

I've broken four sweats this morning.  More accurately, I broke a sweat about 7:00 this morning and was still sweating at 1:00.  So, with the chores done, I decided to come in, cool off, and see what's happening int he larger world.

It seems that General Mattis wants to do away with senseless training.    That is, training that doesn't enhance our warfighting capabilities.
One official with knowledge of the discussions surrounding the memo told Fox News, “servicemembers spending too much time on senseless training that is really a waste of time.”  One U.S. military officer said there is “too much sexual harassment training” and not enough time spent at places like the shooting range, for example.
 I concur.  During the latter years of my service, we spend a lot of time on such things as "Equal Opportunity Training", or "Sensitivity Training".  That sort of training is generally useless  The soldiers considered it a waste of time.

Secretary Mattis is right to cull this sort of nonsense.

Meanwhile, the heat index outside has exceeded triple digits (113F).  I think I'll stay in the rest of the afternoon and eat a popsicle or two.


Old NFO said...

And don't forget Upwards training... Sigh... And management by objective... Commercial training DOES NOT work in an environment where the SOLE job is to break things and kill people until the other side goes home.

Retired Spook said...

Apparently, Gen. Mattis is taking a page from former Commandant, Gen. Al Gray, who, when he became commandant, opined "We've got too many NCOs running around with stop watches and clipboards, and not enough getting mud on their boots!"

It's long overdue!