David Wood over at Politics Daily writes from Fort Benning,
….For years â€“ decades â€“ basic training has had an unthinking, mechanical logic to it.
“We were dumb, marching privates,” says Sgt. Jermaine Trevillion, who went through basic training here in 1997. Now, after two combat tours in Iraq with the 1st Armored Division, he’s a drill sergeant.
“The training was mindless â€“ here’s the material, memorize it,” says John Calpena, who fought with the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004-2005. “Today the enemy is always changing his tactics, his operations. We can’t give soldiers mindless solutions. They have to think.”
Full article here.
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