Problem is here that the Army sends everyone who has "enough" time in rank to the promotion board. Whether they are ready to be a leader or not. I'm not talking about the ones who just haven't had an opportunity to lead yet, I'm talking about the ones who have no business leading soldiers.Say what we will about mil.....
"The children" have been getting it done for twenty years.
I think a lot of that success is due seasoned troops that taught them the way it is.
As retirements happen and we transition away from the wars Im concerned its going to be exactly the time we need tough boot camp.
If you have ever read some pre WWII, pre VN experiences of boot camp it seems different.
Boots were treated more like adults, less supervision.
Guessing the Depression imbued most with wisdom beyond their years.
The training in garrison seemed way more legit - field problems vs PMing hummers in the motor pool.
Boots were held to accountability - getting written up wasnt a career killer it was expected you would fuck up, you also had to take responsibility for it.
People failed and recovered - if they didnt than they got the BCD.
Guess we are lucky to live in our land of excess that allows us to be soft yet at the same time unwilling to accept screw ups.
Yes, out time in the field is almost non-existent unless you are going to NTC, JRTC or white sands. We spend all day monday PMCSing vehicles that never get run to see the actual problems with them. They get turned on for 10-15min and then turned back off to sit there for a week.
I've gotten in trouble for having my soldiers actually take the vehicles on the road and do little land nav shit/finding points via 10 digit grid locations.
Then a lot more time is spent doing EO, SHARP, OPSEC, and all these other BS computer training that's a yearly training, but somehow we do it 10 times a year.
I plead and beg when another unit is holding a live tissue lab to get some of my medics in them. It will be their only opportunity to work on a live "patient" with the added stress before they deploy.
So I think it's a culmination of things that leads to all this. Most of the E6-E7 i talk to have the same complaint, they are tired of war at this point. Back to back to back combat deployments wears on you mentally and physically, as yall know from my recent surgery. Yes we all signed the proverbial dotted line, but we need a break.