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View Diary: 10,000 Troops Left in Afghanistan is unacceptable, Mr. President. (36 comments)

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  •  ksuwildkat - thanks for the local insight (1+ / 0-)
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    I also think that one of the big items that many who have not served don't understand is how much we rely on our NCOs in the performance of an infantry platoon. While the new recruit may have 20 weeks of basic and AIT his fire team leader, squad leader and platoon sergeant all have increasing amounts of experience that makes that new recruit a more effective combat soldier. In these "pop-up" security forces you don't have that experienced cadre of NCOs and that creates a big gap in the capability of any fighting force.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:04:01 AM PST

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    •  NO NCOS at all (2+ / 0-)
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      VClib, Deep Texan

      Absolutely right.  

      Simple fact is that outside of the US Army and most of NATO, no one has an NCO Corps that fills the rolls ours do.  

      In most armies junior officers fill the jobs we give to NCOs and in general they do them badly.  There is no substitute for experience - something junior officers do not have by definition.  

      I dont think the culture outside of the NATO countries will ever allow NCOs to develop.  As a soldier, I think that is a good thing.  As long as your enemies or potential enemies fail to develop a foundation of success, they will be easy to defeat.  As someone who wants Afghanistan to succeed, I am sad that they cannot seem to get past their cultural bias against NCOs.

      It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

      by ksuwildkat on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:15:40 AM PST

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