Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Army training will now focus on actual battlefield skills, not social issues

Finally sense appears.

Fighting will now take precedence over dealing with transitioning transgender troops, drug abuse and other issues as the Army seeks to overhaul its training regimen to hone its soldiers’ battlefield skills.

In a series of servicewide memorandums approved by Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and obtained by The Washington Times, service leaders are making optional previously mandatory training on issues such as transgender transition and drug abuse. The move, Army leaders argue, is designed to relieve stress on the overburdened troop training regimen and refocus on soldiers’ ability to fight in combat.

“The Army’s regulations and policies that deal with training were pretty settled, and there were not a lot of detractors to it. … It was all the other [training] requirements that we levied on ourselves, or we had levied from other places” that led to the increasingly cumbersome approach to combat readiness, said Col. John O’Grady, chief of the Army’s collective training division.


  1. It's about time.

  2. What?!?!?! What a concept! Imagine the Army training soldiers to fight, and I presume win, on the battlefield. You mean like and all, you know, ah, this Army thing is not about looking cool, learning a job skill for when you get out an' showing how hip and virtuous you be? Damn, next thing you know they will be talking about such out of date concepts as duty, honor and country and actually mean it.

    Train and focus on real battlefield skills? Well, no s--t Sherlock. The Army exists for one and one purpose: to kill people and break things. Period. In addition, when your army is so well trained, supplied and motivated that intimidates potential advisories into inactivity you have this state of being called peace. I have no problems or moral issues with making sure the other guy dies (first) for his country or cause.

    1. next thing you know they will be talking about such out of date concepts as duty, honor and country and actually mean it.

      What a novel idea! :)

  3. This is total bs. I have had to submit to all of that stuff every year. Altogether it takes about 15 hours for the whole year. It is not in any way a "burden". Most troops will waste 20 times that updating their Facebook on duty time. Or taking off early for one reason or another. The fact is, the army doesn't train it's wartime skills because it can't afford it. Ammo, fuel, travel, spare pares are expensive. Stupid multicultural classes are easy and free. On top of that 8 out of 10 "soldiers" don't have a combat function of any sort. They are hospital staff, mechanics, supply people, bands, and bloated hq staff. I'm glad to not do those things any more, but don't try to sell it as "we are going to spend those extra 8 hours practicing shooting skills".