David Wood over at Politics Daily writes from Fort Benning,
….For years – decades – 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 – 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.
There are lessons to be learned here for some of the other service branches. I have long felt that a lot of time spent at basic and officer training is mindless. I know my 3 weeks at Reserve Officer Candidate Indoctrination (ROCI) school in July 2002 was mindless. We are a nation at war and my biggest worry was memorizing the organization and regulations manual on how to fold my underwear and socks correctly…. not to mention marching around with a demilitarized M-1. BZ to the Army for fixing things albeit slowly and to Mr. Wood for writing on a subject that I knew needed fixing but was unable to eloquently write about it as well as he did.
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