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i have ALWAYS opposed mil parades anywhere, from PMA to 23rd March to wherever. they are useless, cut into training time, are just ceremonial, symbolise strict hierarchy and are no indication of combat effectiveness. if you don't believe me, look at Russian mil in #Ukraine
#Aesop moral: do NOT waste your time doing ceremonial things. focus on real training; and when you are training, train as you will fight. focus on avoiding casualties; don't celebrate them. wrapping own in the flag and wreaths is NEVER good. it is bullshit leadership.
PA sets much store by rhetoric and stoicism w/ref to the concept of shahadat. i am all about ghazis because you need to kill the other SOB, not get killed yourself. but if you are focusing too much on bullshit ceremonial parades then you are wasting precious training time.
drill; saluting test... how does drill and saluting test contribute to combat learning and effectiveness. i'd like to know; apparently, we have now added asalam o' laikum to the salute. that's like salute + salute. what utter nonsense.

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