But seriously, if you feel that strongly about Army leadership, yeah, leaving is the right choice

Using your resignation as a partisan political statement is *a* way, for sure

Maybe not the best way since you're still serving, but *a* way
"If X happens, I'll leave the military" isn't the threat some people think it is

It's called "changing professions"

Many people do it frequently

With very little fanfare
Also - if you're dim enough to put that kind of stuff on paper BEFORE the Army decides what type of discharge to give you etc, then I'm pretty sure the soldiers of the Army are vastly better off without you, sorry

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13 Sep
Hey. Hey

You know, sometimes, when I'm sad, I think about how a fighting quaker logistician from Rhode Island totally skunked an entire British army

And then, much like Julie Andrews & her favorite things,I don't feel so sad

Get in, fools, we're taking a history drunkscursion
Look, ya gotta realize that this story, like all good ones, begins with a villain. And that villain is Horatio Gates, one of the most over-promoted officers of all time whose claim to fame is being in charge of a battle which he refused to direct. By doing nothing he was promoted
Oh, uh, yeah, we're in the American Revolution, forgot to throw that one out there. So here's the sitch. It's 1780 and Gates has just colossally forked up the entire southern theater, basically throwing away every advantage to get a big old L on the books at Camden
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might house a burrito and drink too much while trolling JSTOR for scholarly articles

could happen
I mean lookit this sweet-ass amphibious training. It's got engineers, the National Guard, an invasion of Cape Cod, what's not to love?
I live for this kind of stuff. Army of 1942-43 needs to adapt, quickly. What does it do? Direct commissions actual experts from across the branches and from civilian life.
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It is the height of American snobbery to say that the Chauchat was a piece of shit, but that the trench shotgun won the war

When the former was used almost universally and (with 8mm ammo) to excellent effect, while the latter was barely fielded and seldom makes an appearance
Also gtfo with that NRA nonsense that there are no photos of shotguns in action because of "censorship"

I spent 3 years researching one of the most active units of the AEF in the war, and lemme tell ya, censorship was, uh, nonexistent. They wrote about and photographed ERRYTHING
Brah, if these dudes had been wasting Germans with a shotgun all day, they'd have written about it. A LOT. With consummate pride. But nah. Because at the end of the day, a .45 and a grenade do the trick for trench raiding, with a chauchat as support by fire if things get sticky
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I love this photo so much. Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Troops.

The facial expressions are so incredibly eloquent.

Namely, fuck around and find out.

Three men of the regiment earned the Medal of Honor at fighting at Chaffin's Farm in Virginia in 1864
Alfred Hilton was carrying the national colors as the regiment attacked. As the man carrying the regimental colors was shot down, Hilton grabbed it up, too, but was soon wounded. "Boys, save the colors!" he cried. Sgt Maj Christian Fleetwood and Pvt Charles Veale leapt forward
Carrying the national colors, Fleetwood - an editor of a Black newspaper before the war - advanced to lead the regiment until severe fire forced him and Veale back. They used their ensigns to rally the remainder of the regiment and conduct an orderly withdrawal, under heavy fire
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Presented without comment

Ok, actually, there are some comments

Do we all have questions about how the wars have been run and accountability at the top ranks


Is there a right way to air those thoughts?


Was the LTC choosing the right way?

Oh hell no
I don't comment on the evacuation of an entire theater of war because I'm not qualified to do so. I've never run joint airlift ops moving thousands of Afghans a day out of a friction-filled environment

I'm roughly sure that O-5 hasn't either (am willing to be proven wrong)
When I saw the headline of the video I was like "ok, I can maybe see his point"

Because yeah, we're all feeling a LOT these days. All the emotions.

But then he spoke, and ruined any fellow feelings I might have had.

Like, dude, this isn't about YOU.
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I'm reminded that Pres Truman made the incredibly difficult decision to prolonge the already unpopular Korean War in 1951 in order to get the Chinese and North Koreans to comply with "voluntary repatriation" - permitting North Korean and Chinese POWs to decide their own fate
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So, the war lasted another 2 years

In the end, the Communists agreed to voluntary repatriation and 50,000 Chinese & North Koreans found new homes

Of course, Truman & later Ike had political/propaganda reasons behind sticking to their guns, but I can't stop thinking about this
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