Privatizing the Military

First of all, I am not talking about a true private army like those mercenary fuckers running around out there. The laws that govern the use of the military and command authority would remain the same. But what I am talking about is running the military like a business. Everyone has heard the stories of the $80 bolts (even though that is a nice way of fund black units and operations  that the civilian pussies don’t want top hear about but are required to do the job) but the problem is much, much larger than that.

 

 

 

I am talking about a complete top to bottom overhaul. The procurement system is almost completely broken. By the time the various petty kingdoms in the military get done testing a product and begin fielding it, it is obsolete and they have to start all over again. In the mean time the soldier still gets shit on. Even getting basic supplies thru the system is a nightmare that can take weeks or months. In a combat zone that kind of delay can mean the difference between life and death.

 

 

The way training is conducted is so sad and pathetic that if the military was graded like a school the acredidation would be pulled so fast that it would make your head spin. Most courses in the military should be run in a manner that gives students the best chance at passing. There needs to be a set of standards for the courses that vary based on the class. PT should be conducted to maintain a good level of physical conditioning. But the nonsense of instructors being asshats just because it was that way when they went thru needs to go. All those lame ass badge and tab protecting fucks need to be fired. If we make the course more intense and cut the bullshit in favor of more actual training we would have a much better trained fighting force. Hundreds of years have been spent developing adult learning programs in our institutions of higher learning and we still let a bunch of knuckle dragging troglodytes train our soldiers.

 

 

And the command staff needs to be privatized. After joining the military 18 years ago, it has become painfully obvious that most Seargents Majors and Colonels are nothing more than a bunch of half witted soldiers who made better politicians. Maybe they were a good soldier at one time, but when they become the SGM it seems that it is much more important to get some payback on those who pissed them off or did them wrong along the way. An officer who has a perfect record of OER’s is either an office pouge or a coward. He either never got out there and did anything in the real world or was too big of a pussy to stick it out there and take a chance. These are the same risk adverse pussies getting our troops killed in Iraq and screwing up the mission in the Phillipines and Afghanistan.

 

 

The upper ranks need to be run by the likes of Fortune 500 execs. They need military training so they know how to best utilize the forces available but have not been brought up in one branch to color their judgement so they shit on the other branches (you arty and air wing fucks know who you are).

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7 Responses to “Privatizing the Military”

  1. Bru, here’s the problem with your assessment. Private companies are risk-averse as well. Look at the firearms world – no-one is willing to adopt caseless ammunition in a serious fashion, the rifles produced in the biggest quantities are based on designs from the 1950s and before… not to mention how everyone is presently bringing out ‘new designs’ based on a handgun first produced at the beginning of last century.

    Yes, the firearms industry is traditionist. However, if you look at others like the motor industry, or even the PC industry – we haven’t seen any progress from the x86 architecture in decades! – you’ll see the same thing. The problem is not that the armed forces need to be run like companies – it’s that they are. What’s needed are motivated decision makers, not managers.

  2. Wayne,

    You are way off. The technology we have made is leaps and bounds above the handguns of the last century. I just went hunting with a guy who had a blackpowder gun that has a confirmed kill at 700+ yds. If you know anything about that type of shooting that is crazy. That isn’t even mentioning the fact that the new F-22 scary fast compared to anyother aircraft around to include it is virtually invisible on radar. Don’t forget the fact that there is serious talk about an “invisible” army, using computerized suits to blend in with surrounding territory. Sorry, that is just thinking off the top of my head. I could come up with more if had more time to research.

  3. Jill Hater Says:

    I think this post pretty much hit the nail on the head. The leadership in the Army is stagnant and overly self-protective. The military fails at efficiency, horribly. And like the poster says, the training needs to be overhauled and upgraded.

  4. Technology is only support for the man on the ground with a rifle in his hands. An F-22 in the air doesn’t mean crap when rounds are zipping back and forth and he doesn’t even have the body armor that was ordered months earlier and his unit is short 20 pair. Then the next unit over has 800 sets, so much so they line their tents with it.
    This isn’t analogy – this is the situation as it was for my brother’s unit… they didn’t have crap, yet at Camp Cupcake they were flooded with it.
    The system is broken and needs a top down rebuild.
    Training needs a top down rebuild too. Pyle is spot on. You can go to Benning and see for yourself. I know, I was there and it was a joke.

  5. Long Goody Says:

    Ref BaaadAsss Instructors: Back in the 70’s turned down 7th Army NCO Academy for that reason. All it was was being yelled at, learning to spit shine boots and breaking starch twice a day. Learned that in basic. Finally told them to shove the reenlistment after a wuss captain would not Article 15 a druggie because it would look bad on his OER. Told me I lacked leadership.

  6. When I was in training with British RM we had a Corporal who had just completed a degree. Very switched on guy, recruits would do anything for him. One of the major obstacles which made a lot wash out of training was the “regain” on the assault course. Some kids just couldn’t get it. This Corporal begged to be given some time with them, convinced he had the techniques to enable them all to learn how to do it. PT instructors and officers would not let him near them; they had their way of doing things regardless of the effect it had on the number of recruits they had left at the end of training. I came across numerous situations like that- a complete inability to do things other than how the instructors had been taught themselves.

    My troop Sergeant- a man with a self-professed hatred of recruits- appeared on a TV documentary a couple of years ago about RM recruits. At one point they were “learning” how to shoot on the range and some guys kept failing. His technique was to yell at them and threaten to kick them out of the troop. No advice was given on what they were doing wrong- just abuse and threats as if these would magically correct the problem. His usual approach.

    Since I’ve left some corrections have been made to training but the mindset remains- “I got through being taught like this so you will too”. I’ve seen good guys being back-trooped for the most ridiculous things. One of my best mates got so much grief from the instructors (one PT hated him because he was educated for goodness sake) he eventually quit the Marines and joined the Paras. There they recognised his abilities and he was put on a fast-track to promotion. I’m sure that every unit in the British Army can come up with stories like this- it’s not a problem confined to the US.

    It will take a senior officer with a great deal of open-mindedness to fix the problem of entrenched practices in training, procurement, etc.

  7. The problem is more one of isolation. The different units, at equal levels, do not talk to each other – they don’t share “here’s the best practice” type of stuff. And they are NOT rewarded if they do… The management governs by playing the different units against each other, instead of having them work together.

    Having worked both Army and Fortune 100, I think a mix would work – a LOT of corporate people do not have the goal/mission oriented mindset that you’ll see in the military. But the military does not have the problem solving capabilities of a lot of the corp world…

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