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Shocking admission on Army preparedness: No training the last 6 months
Investors ^ | October 22, 2013 | Andrew Malcolm

Posted on 10/22/2013 8:38:26 AM PDT by george76

While the president of the United States pitched his crumbling healthcare program like a late-night infomercial barker, the Army's chief of staff made a shocking admission about national defense.

Gen. Ray Odierno told a Washington conference Monday that the U.S. Army had not conducted any training in the last six months of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

And, he said, there currently are only two Army brigades rated combat-ready. That's a total of between 7,000 to 10,000 troops and less than one-third what the combat veteran regards as necessary for proper national security.

"Right now," Odierno said, "we have in the Army two brigades that are trained. That's it. Two."

Odierno also revealed that troops shipping out to Afghanistan now are prepared only to train and assist Afghan troops, not to conduct combat operations themselves. But, of course, there's no guarantee the Americans won't find themselves in combat while accompanying Afghan soldiers.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.investors.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; army; armypreparedness; preparedness

1 posted on 10/22/2013 8:38:27 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

I wonder how long before Ray gets his walking papers.


2 posted on 10/22/2013 8:42:51 AM PDT by PeteePie (Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people - Proverbs 14:34)
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To: george76

Looks like another Gereral bites the dust. FUBO


3 posted on 10/22/2013 8:44:18 AM PDT by bikerman (Obama! if his lips are moving he's lying.)
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To: george76

Maybe we can send all those make-believe pig farmers that each received $50,000 from the government out to fight. The Pigford Division. Proud warriors, all.


4 posted on 10/22/2013 8:46:50 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: george76

There’s no context here. The article makes it sound like the troops have been sitting in barracks for six months. Which is not the case.


5 posted on 10/22/2013 8:47:06 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor

No, they haven’t been sitting in the barracks.

They’ve been attending sensitivity training about homophobia, gay acceptance, Christian hate groups, norming combat standards for women, and diversity.

Welcome to the newly re-educated Army — ready to fight domestic, right wing hate groups rather than foreign enemies.

Ugh


6 posted on 10/22/2013 8:51:21 AM PDT by Elpasser
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To: george76
So, what are they doing with their time? Are they reprogramming?

“Al Quaeda is dead. Here is your new enemy (picture of tea party rally)”

7 posted on 10/22/2013 8:51:48 AM PDT by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: george76

More on purging our Generals

http://news.investors.com/politics-andrew-malcolm/022013-645024-john-allen-is-fourth-general-to-retire-from-command-nato.htm


8 posted on 10/22/2013 8:55:33 AM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: Elpasser

The thought control commissars have had 6 months to get up to speed.


9 posted on 10/22/2013 8:57:55 AM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: george76
Jes' getting things ready, y'all:


10 posted on 10/22/2013 9:00:21 AM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: george76
Meanwhile, congress shuts down to attend a fellow congressman's funeral in Florida via "free" transport courtesy of the USAF.

Combat Readiness means squat.

11 posted on 10/22/2013 9:01:31 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Elpasser

My Unit must’ve been sick the day they taught all that. Hopefully they’ll give a make-up day.


12 posted on 10/22/2013 9:02:45 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor

You don’t have to attend cultural sensitivity training or domestic violence training?


13 posted on 10/22/2013 9:08:32 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Elpasser
Welcome to the newly re-educated Army — ready to fight domestic, right wing hate groups rather than foreign enemies.

You may be more correct than you know, considering the ongoing purge of generals and admirals. . .

14 posted on 10/22/2013 9:12:58 AM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: rlmorel

Suicide briefs are big now. And sexual harassment. We’ve had those recently.


15 posted on 10/22/2013 9:13:07 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: george76

How much was spent on tarting up the Army to make it Homo freindly?

How much was spent on Sensitivity Sraining?

How much was spent on muslim outreach?

How much was spent dragging out the trial and defending jihadi terrorist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan?


16 posted on 10/22/2013 9:15:37 AM PDT by Iron Munro (When a killer screams 'Allahu Akbar' you don't need to be mystified about a motive.)
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To: george76

“...there currently are only two Army brigades rated combat-ready.”

This is because they are likely in Afghanistan. Being involved in combat means that they do not have to train to get a combat rating. But any unit that does not train for even a single month that is not in combat no longer has a combat rating. It’s automatic.

I remember the frustration of one unit in Germany, that could not get a combat rating because they lacked communications equipment that was in the US, they would (theoretically) be provided only when they were in combat. So despite being rated tops in every other area, they were still denied a combat rating. And, as they noted, nobody in the unit ever had an opportunity to train with the complicated equipment they were not allowed to have, so it would be days or weeks, in the middle of combat, before anybody knew how to use the silly stuff.


17 posted on 10/22/2013 9:25:21 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Welfare is the new euphemism for Eugenics.)
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To: george76

Guess there’s not much need to train when the next combat zone is white suburbia.


18 posted on 10/22/2013 10:20:14 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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19 posted on 10/22/2013 10:53:12 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: george76
I posted the below on another post. I think it fits here also:

They accept the communist way or get shown the door. I can bet that our military leaders of the 1940-1980s would not have put up with this crap. Bad enough during LBH's controling every bomb dropped in Nam, but this current bunch in the White House are doing this to wear out our military.

Think about it. Our men and women have basically been in combat since 2002. They have been in the war zones many more times than we were in combat zones in Nam. I knew some guys who were in Nam 2 or 3 times. But this current crop are over there 4, 5, 6, 7 times. They are living on borrowed time. I recently spent most of a day in the VA hospital in Birmingham, AL reference my own disability claims from 20 plus years ago, and I saw a LOT of younger vets in there. I know their bodies are broken and they will suffer what I have suffered all these years, PAIN. I have been dealing with injuries from the 1970s and 1980s, along with wounds from Nam. I have battled the VA since 1992 over claims. I spent 5 years once in appeals. I would have my appeal denied. Would appeal and the VERY SAME GUY THAT DENIED IT, would RULE on my appeal and DENY it. It went to DC to get resolved. Finally, before the Board of VA appeals, I got some of it over turned and got some disability. Now, in the past six years, I have had FIVE surgeries on the injuries that VA said I was not injured. I am once again in a fight over these claims with them. I suspect that they will be denied again and I will once again be going through the appeals process and have years and years of waiting. I may even die of old age before anything is resolved.

My over all point here is that our people are being used up. The current government is wearing them out. Our men and women are wasted in a game. A game that Obama and his minions are using to bring America down. We have PINKED our military and the homos in pink will not be what the men and women in camo were. I don't give a crap what anyone says, I have been around homosexuals that came to light in the military and the ones I worked with in Seattle. They are wimps. Maybe there are a few that are decent soldiers, but the crop that I saw in Seattle could not beat a good Boy Scout group in hand to hand combat. Our military leaders that are still soldiers will be one by one done away with until the @$$ kissers for rank that Obama is looking for come along. He will celebrate the day he gets his first four star homosexual general. That may come sooner than we think. I suspect in the next 5 to 10 years that will come about. So much for my rant.

20 posted on 10/22/2013 10:55:22 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (I am proud to be a Christian and follower of my Lord Jesus Christ. Time is short for U to know Him!)
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To: george76

0 is training his civilian forces.


21 posted on 10/22/2013 11:29:09 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: RetiredArmy

This is a disgrace to all Americans.


22 posted on 10/22/2013 11:32:54 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: george76

This is a big admission by Odierno. He just put his career on the line. Finally, some moral courage. Hopefully, it’s contagious.


23 posted on 10/22/2013 12:24:34 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: george76

It is a deliberate attempt to further weaken our military, orders direct from the CIC.


24 posted on 10/22/2013 12:57:44 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: george76

Good God, he ( Soetero) kicks out generals and admirals and now this? What next? raising Tri Care rates? More ROE’s in Afghanistan?


25 posted on 10/22/2013 6:18:36 PM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28- 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: george76

Good God, he ( Soetero) kicks out generals and admirals and now this? What next? raising Tri Care rates? More ROE’s in Afghanistan?


26 posted on 10/22/2013 6:18:43 PM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28- 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: george76

Good God, he ( Soetero) kicks out generals and admirals and now this? What next? raising Tri Care rates? More ROE’s in Afghanistan?


27 posted on 10/22/2013 6:18:53 PM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28- 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: Karliner

omg


28 posted on 10/22/2013 6:20:46 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: george76

By choice. Why do we have a military? Is it just to employ a fat officer corps? If they’re not training then somebody needs to get fired, not just one but thousands.


29 posted on 10/23/2013 8:10:52 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: george76

There has been NO letup in the attacks on US citizens,
US veterans, and the arming of al Qaeda.


30 posted on 10/23/2013 8:34:24 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: george76

Man, I bet those guys are going bonkers not having anything to do. What a de-motivational tool is their community-organizer-in-chief. The Marines are still trainin cause it’s been rainin.


31 posted on 10/23/2013 10:24:22 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: bgill

And you know the police are training.


32 posted on 10/23/2013 10:25:03 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Elpasser
They’ve been attending sensitivity training about homophobia, gay acceptance, Christian hate groups, norming combat standards for women, and diversity.

Welcome to the newly re-educated Army — ready to fight domestic, right wing hate groups rather than foreign enemies.


From the sound of it, unlikely they'd be all that good at it.
33 posted on 10/23/2013 10:58:28 AM PDT by Robert Teesdale
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To: george76

When the Kenyan said he wanted a civil security force as well funded and strong as the US military who knew he would do it by whittling the military down to the size of the capitol police? A few more cuts and I can take those guys on myself-—fix bayonets-—yooooo.-———————Semper Fi


34 posted on 10/23/2013 1:09:57 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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