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  • Total Disaster: USPS Survey Shows That The Entire Workforce Is Abjectly Miserable

    05/01/2016 10:15:25 AM PDT · by PROCON · 73 replies ^ | April 30, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    We all have cracked jokes about the United States Postal Service, especially about their workers “going postal.” Most postal workers you’ve encountered are probably lethargic, short-tempered, half-asleep, or just plain rude. Well, that could be due to their work environment. These people are miserable, which is what the USPS painfully discovered when they gave Gallup to conduct this survey at the cost of $1.8 million (via Inside Sources):The topline results were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request after the USPS declined to provide the data to InsideSources when asked in January. Postal workers reported strong job dissatisfaction, and...
  • US general says we could be screwed in a war against China or Russia

    03/16/2016 7:36:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 16, 2016
    The Army’s top general says military forces on the ground face a high level of risk if the United States gets into a large-scale conflict against a power such as Russia or China. Testifying Wednesday on Capitol Hill, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley ... a “great power war” against one or two of four countries – China, Russia, Iran and North Korea – .. the Army’s readiness is not at a level that is appropriate for what the American people expect to defend them.
  • Cruz: Obama ‘More Interested in Promoting Homosexuality in the Military Than He Is in Defeating...

    12/09/2015 1:46:47 PM PST · by Isara · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 9, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    Cruz: Obama 'More Interested in Promoting Homosexuality in the Military Than He Is in Defeating Our Enemy'Morale in the U.S. military has “plummeted” in recent years because President Barack Obama “doesn’t support our soldiers,” won’t even name the enemy “radical Islamic terrorism,” and is “more interested in promoting homosexuality in the military” than in “defeating our enemy,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).During a conference call with Bishop E.W. Jackson of the National Emergency Coalition (NEC), Senator Cruz said, “You look at the military and one of the things we’ve seen is morale in the military under the Obama administration has...
  • Army Gen: Obama Is Destroying Military From Within

    10/24/2015 10:06:38 AM PDT · by xzins · 59 replies
    Downtrend ^ | OCTOBER 22, 2015 | ROBERT GEHL
    President Obama is trying to destroy America’s military from within and it’s not an accident. These are the words of Army Maj. Gen. Robert Dees. Dees said it’s all part of a massive “social engineering” experiment and the end result will destroy the nation’s ability to defend itself. “Not only are we losing physical readiness to fight, we have to fix the problem of moral readiness,” he said on a panel chaired by Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (US Army-Ret.). “I think the moral readiness of our forces is even more important than the physical readiness, which is very low,” Dees...
  • Why Can’t the Secretary of the Army be a Veteran?

    09/25/2015 6:16:12 PM PDT · by Twotone · 28 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Sept. 23, 2015 | Aaron MacLean
    Looking at the results you would think the results of the Military Times survey of troop morale couldn’t possibly be accurate. Released last December, the numbers were brutal. In response to the statement, “The senior military leadership has my best interests at heart,” only 17% agreed, down from 53% in a previous survey conducted in 2009. As for, “Overall officers in the military are good or excellent,” only 39% agreed, down from 78% in the 2009 survey.
  • Another Good Man Calling It Quits on USA Army - Obama killing morale

    09/17/2015 7:24:41 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 24 replies
    Ann Barnhardt ^ | 09/15/2015 | Ann Barnhardt         09/15/2015 A Letter From Another Good Man Calling It Quits on the Former USA and the Army (Just over the transom… Emphases mine.) Dear Ann, In response to your post “There Must Be A Reckoning” I can only say that I am also one of those who have failed to do justice. I have kept hoping that someone somewhere would notice what was going on and put a stop to it. I have also had the despairing thought of “what can I do about it? I am just one man.” I spoke with my new Battalion commander this weekend...
  • Army is breaking, let down by Washington

    08/03/2015 8:33:51 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 45 replies
    Stars And Stripes ^ | Aug 2, 2015 | Robert H. Scales
    Last month, Gen. Ray Odierno, outgoing Army chief of staff, and Gen. Mark Milley, his successor, testified to the difficulties faced by the Army. I’d like to make the same points by telling a story. **********snip************ The Obama administration just announced a 40,000 reduction in the Army’s ranks. But the numbers don’t begin to tell the tale. Soldiers stay in the Army because they love to go into the field and train; Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently said that the Army will not have enough money for most soldiers to train above the squad level this year. Soldiers need to...
  • Jeb Bush: I’m ‘Fine’ With Transgender Soldiers if Morale Is Unaffected

    07/18/2015 10:21:40 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 71 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 17 Jul 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he's "fine" with transgender people openly serving in the military – as long as it doesn't compromise morale, Yahoo News reports. Bush's view – echoing that of Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, the Washington Post has reported – marks the first time he has commented on the issue. And it comes in the wake of the Defense Department decision this week to issue two directives bringing the Pentagon closer to rescinding its ban on open service by transgender people. Carter ordered a 6-month review to examine how allowing transgenders to serve openly in the military...
  • Combat Ship Christened for Former Congresswoman, Gun-Control Advocate Giffords

    06/11/2015 9:56:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    pjmedia ^ | June 11, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    The Defense Department is naming a combat ship after former congresswoman and gun-control advocate Gabrille Giffords this weekend. Giffords was shot in the head at a constituent meet and greet during her third term. She resigned from Congress in 2012 to focus on her recovery, and started a gun-control PAC called Americans for Responsible Solutions in 2013. She and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, have also advocated for gun-control measures in congressional testimony. The Navy’s tenth littoral combat ship will be christened USS Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday in Mobile, Ala. “The christening of the future USS Gabrielle Giffords marks the...
  • Police Officers: Morale Is Low In Departments Across The Country

    05/12/2015 8:50:40 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 100 replies ^ | 5/12/2015 | Kerry Picket
    Law enforcement officers at Washington, D.C.’s annual Police Week tell The Daily Caller that the anti-police climate is taking its toll on the men and women in uniform and that morale is low in departments across the country. One source told TheDC Monday night that officers have stepped back from engaging in proactive policing, because they often see the same violent criminals they arrest immediately released on to the streets.
  • Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says

    01/05/2015 9:46:29 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 30 replies
    thedailybeast ^ | Jan 5, 2015 | Dave Majumda
    Too many missions and too few pilots are threatening the ‘readiness and combat capability’ of America’s unmanned Air Force, according to an internal memo. The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of drones is being strained to the “breaking point,” according to senior military officials and an internal service memo acquired by The Daily Beast. And it’s happening right when the unmanned aircraft are most needed to fight ISIS. The Air Force has enough MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones. It just doesn’t have the manpower to operate those machines. The Air Force’s situation is so dire that Air Combat Command (ACC),...
  • Exclusive–Jerry Boykin: Generals Should Resign to Protest Obama's Misuse of Military

    11/13/2014 10:11:20 AM PST · by kimtom · 15 replies ^ | 12 Nov 2014 | Jerry Boykin
    A new survey finds only 26 percent of those in the military community approve of the performance of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. But the blame for this low approval rating extends higher up the chain of command. Retired Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the latest former Obama loyalist to write a tell-all exposé, knows this all too well. In his memoir, Panetta describes how he warned the President (to no avail) that allowing Iraq to slide into violence would create “a new haven for terrorists to plot attacks against the U.S.” This revelation should come as no surprise, but regrettably,...
  • Navy sailors distrust commanders, fear crippling political correctness

    10/01/2014 9:20:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 10/1/2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    Navy sailors harbor “widespread mistrust” in the admirals who command them, complaining of poor leadership and a disciplinary environment that tolerates absolutely no mistakes, says a survey of the fleet. The disgruntlement runs deepest in the officer corps, where scores of commanders have been relieved of duty in recent years.
  • Hamas is Getting Trounced

    07/25/2014 10:38:04 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 41 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 25 July 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Reports out of Gaza have the IDF finding a surprising level of sophistication and breadth of scale in the Hamas tunnel network... besides getting them under the border for rocket launches against Israeli territory, the system connected the mosques, schools, and such that the terror-government uses to shuttle around weapons, terrorists, and supplies... Alas, the Israeli Defense Force is proving a bit too much for these Jihadi boneheads to deal with on the battlefield: Hamas morale is reportedly already in the toilet, and recent raids find no terrorist/fighters left attempting to hold the position... they leave their weapons behind...
  • 2.5 percent salary cut for state employees could become permanent

    05/05/2013 9:27:07 AM PDT · by redreno · 9 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 1:13 p.m | By Andrew Doughman (contact)
    State and university employees may see a temporary 2.5 percent salary reduction solidified into a permanent pay cut. Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget director Jeff Mohlenkamp told a legislative committee Saturday that the administration may amend a bill to make those salary reductions permanent. As written now, Senate Bill 483 extends current 2.5 percent salary reductions until June 30, 2015, at which time they’d go away and employees would get 2.5 percent of their salaries back. “We would seek to modify that bill to make the pay cut permanent, and then we would make the affirmative decision to restore the pay...
  • Fireworks erupt between Sessions, Napolitano over morale of ICE agents during Senate hearing [VIDEO]

    04/23/2013 12:18:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/23/13 | Jeff Poor
    During a Senate hearing on immigration reform Tuesday, Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had a testy back-and-forth over the performance of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. Sessions challenged Napolitano on whether she had met with leader of the ICE employees’ union in the wake of reports of low morale among ICE agents. Napolitano replied that she had not. “I think you should have met with them,” Sessions said. “I think there’s a real problem there. We have a very real problem. In December of 2012, a few months ago, a survey of federal...
  • (Vanity) My 8-yr old got an F on assignment for not knowing "Human Rights" and "Tolerance"

    03/29/2012 7:51:55 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 66 replies
    I was checking my 8-yr old son's classwork assignment grades. He was so demoralized that he was getting C, D and F on many assignments. I was shocked and delved deeper. Turns out he is assiged a letter grade on these assignments even though he is "making progress" getting up to 70 or even 80 percent of the questions right. Worse, he was assigned an F grade on an assignment because he did not get the meaning for terms "Human Rights" and "Tolerance". WTF is an 8-yr old supposed to know this shtuff? Damn....I am seriously considering pulling him out...
  • Homeland Security’s morale is at code red (Morale low at Janet's kingdom)

    03/26/2012 5:09:47 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies · 9+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3-22-12 | Joe Davidson
    If the homeland’s security were dependent on employee morale, we’d be in big trouble. Fortunately, the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security are committed to the agency’s mission, even as the agency fails to inspire them. You know things are bad for workers when a bipartisan congressional hearing is called to examine a department’s drooping spirit. It ranks 31 among 33 large agencies in The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey published by the Partnership for Public Service. (The Partnership has a content-sharing relationship with The Washington Post.)
  • Iron Dome Shoots Down Palestinian Morale

    10/27/2011 9:22:01 PM PDT · by hamboy · 16 replies ^ | October 27, 2011 | Staff
    Palestinian terrorists are not happy. Last August, terrorist groups in Gaza thought they had come up with a way to get around the new Israeli Iron Dome anti-rocket system. They thought that all you had to do was fire at least seven rockets simultaneously at the same area being guarded by one Iron Dome battery. Islamic terrorists did this last August. One rocket got through, and killed an Israeli civilian. This “saturation” tactic is a problem with all air defense systems. But the saturation attacks turned out to be no more effective than firing many more rockets over an extended...
  • Less than 50% of U.S. troops believe Afghanistan war is winnable

    09/18/2011 9:57:02 PM PDT · by Irenic · 33 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 18th September 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    U.S. troops are losing confidence in the military's long-term chances of success in Afghanistan, a new poll has revealed. The Military Times survey found less than half of serving soldiers believe the U.S. is 'very likely' or 'somewhat likely' to succeed in Afghanistan. The number is down from 2007, when more than 75 percent of those polled said the U.S. was 'very likely' or 'somewhat likely' to succeed. Read more:
  • Troop morale in Afghanistan plummets, report says

    05/19/2011 10:19:42 AM PDT · by Phlap · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 05/19/2011 | PAULINE JELINEK
    A new report says American troops in Afghanistan are suffering with the highest rates of mental health problems since 2005 and that morale has plummeted. The report, released Thursday, furnished the first detailed glimpse of the psychological cost of a campaign commanders and officials say has reversed the momentum of the insurgency. Among other things, it says the dramatic increase in fighting there is one of the key factors affecting the mental health of the uniformed forces. For instance, some 70 to 80 percent of troops surveyed for the report said they had seen a buddy killed or wounded.
  • Troop's stress at five year high

    05/10/2011 5:11:15 AM PDT · by wyowolf · 7 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 05/10/2011 | Liz Goodwin
    A new military survey obtained by USA Today shows that U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan are reporting record levels of acute stress and low morale. The problem is most severe in servicemen and women who have been deployed multiple times. A third of them reported depression, anxiety or another serious mental health problem. Meanwhile, those reporting medium to very high morale dropped to 46.5 percent from 65.7 percent in 2005. Seventeen percent reported acute stress, compared to 6 percent in 2005. The survey also painted a bleak picture of the intense combat troops in Afghanistan engage in. More than 75...
  • Poor morale and job cuts threaten NHS reform, says RCN

    04/10/2011 12:25:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    bbc ^ | 4/10/11 | Nick Triggle
    Nurse leaders will warn this week that poor morale and job cuts threaten to derail the government's reform programme of the NHS in England. The issues, along with wider concerns about the overhaul, will be key themes of the Royal College of Nursing's annual conference in Liverpool. RCN leader Peter Carter has said nurses were being pushed to the limit, working extra hard to keep services going. The health secretary is not expected to give a speech but will meet delegates. It is understood Andrew Lansley is attending the conference as part of the government's "listening exercise" over its shake-up...
  • President and Treasury Secretary Downplay Mid-East Strife, Hail Invention

    02/26/2011 12:13:54 PM PST · by John Semmens · 24 replies · 1+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 26 February 2011 | John Semmens
    President Barack Obama and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sought to downplay fears that unrest in the Middle East would negatively impact the US economy by hailing a Virginia man’s invention of a rainbow-making machine as a harbinger of a brighter future for America. The device is the brainchild of Michael Jones McKean, an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. It uses a large scale sprinkler system and the light of the sun to create rainbows averaging about 1,000 feet in length. Each device can produce a rainbow of 15 minute duration twice a day. A prototype is currently being...
  • Troops get 'don't ask, don't tell' surveys (in the mail)

    07/08/2010 4:58:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies ^ | July 8, 2010
    WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- A survey seeking U.S. troops' views on the impact of ending a policy barring homosexuals from openly serving in the military is being sent, the Pentagon said. The more than 100-question survey was being sent to 200,000 active-duty troops and 200,000 members of reserve forces, CNN reported Thursday. Among other things, the survey asks about issues such as how morale or readiness may be affected if a commander is thought to be gay or lesbian, the need to maintain personal conduct standards and how a repeal may affect one's willingness to serve in the military....
  • Band rocks Bagram servicemembers

    04/22/2010 6:21:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 237+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Richard Williams, USAF
    Airman 1st Class Jill Diem serenades Senior Airman Luis Murillo during a concert April 17, 2010, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Airman Diem is a vocalist with the U.S. Air Forces Central Band Reserve Generation and Airman Murillo is assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineers Squadron Force Protection Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by/ Staff Sgt. Richard Williams) BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- The sound of music filled the air as members of the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Band Reserve Generation performed here as part of a two-month tour of the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility April 15 through 20....
  • No fries with that: fast food axed at Afghan bases

    04/06/2010 8:00:33 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 83 replies · 1,463+ views
    Yahoo News (Reuters) ^ | April 5, 2010 | Deepa Babington
    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Fast food joints where soldiers wolf down burgers and pizza will soon be a thing of the past at bases in Afghanistan, as the U.S. military reminds soldiers they are at war and not in "an amusement park." In the sprawling military base at Kandahar, the fast food outlets facing the axe include Burger King, Pizza Hut, and the U.S. chain restaurant T.G.I. Friday's that features a bar with alcohol-free margaritas and other drinks -- all set along the bustling "Boardwalk" area of the base. ---SNIP--- The U.S. military says its beef with the burger...
  • Fmr. CIA Operative Wayne Simmons Outraged Obama Would Transfer Gitmo Detainees to Yemen (Fox video)

    01/01/2010 9:37:11 AM PST · by SonOfDarkSkies · 26 replies · 1,305+ views
    The pressure on Obama continues to build! Wayne Simmons says the “catch and release” policy of the administration has reduced CIA morale to a level he describes as “pathetic, low, horrible.” Here’s the Video Link
  • Soldiers Enjoy Camp Bucca Golf Course

    12/10/2009 4:11:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 524+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Master Sgt. David Bennett, USA
    CAMP BUCCA, Iraq, Dec. 10, 2009 – From the air, the basic outline of Camp Bucca appears as most military forward operating bases in Iraq, except for nine fluttering white flags affixed to poles jutting from the ground. Army Sgt. Marcus Jemison tees off on the 570-yard fifth hole at Camp Bucca, Iraq. The golf course allows servicemembers a chance to relax between missions. U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. David Bennett   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The flags aren’t tokens of surrender, but they often elicit cries of frustration from soldiers who have thrown their best at...
  • Face of Defense: Sergeant Builds Morale Through Art

    12/07/2009 3:14:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 397+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Capt. Thomas Cieslak, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2009 – A Task Force Protector soldier here is building unit pride and esprit de corps by using his artistic skills to decorate an office inside a refurbished shipping container. Army Sgt. Henry Harrell stands next to the artwork he painted on his brigade commander’s office door at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Garett Hernandez   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The many talents of Army Sgt. Henry Harrell, a counterinsurgency noncommissioned officer with Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 16th Military Police Brigade, are evident on the office door of...
  • Obama and Plummeting Military Morale

    11/15/2009 10:23:21 PM PST · by bogusname · 42 replies · 2,072+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 16, 2009 | Candace de Russy
    New Army surveys, reports the Wall Street Journal, show that morale has fallen sharply among soldiers fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan and confirm an unusually high suicide in their ranks. Perhaps this has something to do with doubts about their commander-in-chief's commitment to win this war by standing staunchly with them in spirit and providing the necessary troop levels and other resources. With fatalities and injuries surging among them, the president's prolonged and frazzled indecision on how to wage this struggle must leave these soldiers with a sense of being cast adrift in limbo, if not hell itself. Having first,...
  • Army report: Soldier suicides on the rise

    11/13/2009 4:55:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 63 replies · 3,105+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/13/2009 | Roxana Tiron
    Suicides reported among active-duty soldiers more than doubled in October, according to Army data released Friday. The Army is investigating 16 potential suicides for October in comparison to the seven suicides reported to Army officials in September of this year. The Army is still investigating four of the suicides reported in September. The newly released October data brings the number of reported suicides in 2009 to 133, 18 more cases than were reported between January 2008 and October 2008. Among soldiers in the Reserve component of the Army, who are not serving on active duty, there were eight potential suicides...
  • Army says morale down among troops in Afghanistan. (How you can help)

    11/13/2009 1:24:02 PM PST · by vg0va3 · 40 replies · 1,775+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 111309 | PAULINE JELINEK
    Morale has fallen among soldiers in Afghanistan, where troops are seeing record violence in the 8-year-old war
  • Army says morale down among troops in Afghanistan (Keep dithering, O.. keep dithering.)

    11/13/2009 10:00:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 435+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/13/09 | Pauline Jelinek - ap
    WASHINGTON – Morale has fallen among soldiers in Afghanistan, where troops are seeing record violence in the 8-year-old war, while those in Iraq show much improved mental health amid much lower violence, the Army said Friday. Soldier suicides in Iraq did not increase for the first time since 2004, according to a new study. Though findings of two new battlefield surveys are similar in several ways to the last ones taken in 2007, they come at a time of intense scrutiny on Afghanistan as President Barack Obama struggles to come up with a new war strategy and planned troop buildup....
  • Fighter Pilots Face A Dismal Future

    11/05/2009 12:07:46 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 41 replies · 1,757+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/02/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force has a morale problem with its combat pilots. The issue is lack of action for the pilots. That, plus the increased use of unmanned aircraft, and the very real prospect that the age of the manned combat aircraft may be coming to an end. This is made worse with hundreds of fighter pilots being assigned to operating Predator and Reaper UAVs. This was not popular duty, even though the pilots still draw flight pay. It is tedious work, although the UAV operators often saw more combat action than they did when piloting F-16s or F-15s. The...
  • Morale dips for American marines in Afghanistan

    10/24/2009 3:53:58 PM PDT · by Saije · 27 replies · 1,554+ views
    London Times ^ | 10/24/2009 | Stephen Grey
    A mile from South Station, an outpost of US marines in Helmand province, the tribal chief was openly hostile. “The Americans threaten our economy and take our land for bases. They promise much and deliver nothing,” he said. “People here regard the American troops as occupiers,” said Haji Khan, a leader of the Baluch tribe, who rules like a medieval baron. “Young people are turning against them and in time will fight them.” Inside South Station, soldiers are proud of the progress...Until they arrived, this remote part of Helmand had not had a government presence for years. But many are...
  • NY Times reporting “frustration” within military ranks??

    10/20/2009 6:51:25 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies · 512+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-20-09 | Mataharley
    I'm not sure what the bigger story is here... that the troops are feeling less than confident in their new Commander in Chief, or that this story is being reported in the New York Times. But here it is... yesterday's byline by Elisabeth Bumiller under the Military Memo, As the Commander in Chief Deliberates, Frustration Builds Within the Ranks A number of active duty and retired senior officers say there is concern that the president is moving too slowly, is revisiting a war strategy he announced in March and is unduly influenced by political advisers in the Situation Room. “The...
  • As the Commander in Chief Deliberates, Frustration Builds Within the Ranks

    10/19/2009 6:48:25 PM PDT · by Saije · 13 replies · 1,101+ views
    NY Times ^ | 10/19/2009 | Elisabeth Bumiller
    Only nine months ago, the Pentagon pronounced itself reassured by the early steps of a new commander in chief. President Obama was moving slowly on an American withdrawal from Iraq, had retained former President George W. Bush’s defense secretary and, in a gesture much noticed, had executed his first military salute with crisp precision. But now, after nearly a month of deliberations by Mr. Obama over whether to send more American troops to Afghanistan, frustrations and anxiety are on the rise within the military. A number of active duty and retired senior officers say there is concern that the president...
  • American troops in Afghanistan losing heart, say army chaplains

    10/08/2009 8:39:20 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 2 replies · 581+ views
    The Times ^ | 10/8/09 | Michael Fletcher
    American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban. Many feel that they are risking their lives — and that colleagues have died — for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul. “The many soldiers who come to see us have a sense of futility and anger about being...
  • From The Times October 8, 2009 American troops in Afghanistan losing heart, say army chaplains

    10/07/2009 6:34:28 PM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 55 replies · 1,505+ views
    Times Online ^ | October 8, 2009 | Martin Fletcher
    American soldiers serving in Afghanistan are depressed and deeply disillusioned, according to the chaplains of two US battalions that have spent nine months on the front line in the war against the Taleban. Many feel that they are risking their lives — and that colleagues have died — for a futile mission and an Afghan population that does nothing to help them, the chaplains told The Times in their makeshift chapel on this fortress-like base in a dusty, brown valley southwest of Kabul. “The many soldiers who come to see us have a sense of futility and anger about being...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Serves up Counsel, Coffee (FRWN is Back)

    09/25/2009 5:23:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 557+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Pfc. J. Princeville Lawrence
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq, Sept. 25, 2009 – Army Sgt. Maj. Virginia Stickler enjoys serving up drinks and snacks, as well as a bit of advice, to her fellow soldiers here at a coffee shop that speaks volumes about her deployment. Army Sgt. Maj. Virginia Stickler, a member of the Kansas National Guard’s 287th Sustainment Brigade, is the manager of God’s Grounds, a coffee shop on Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq, that serves free drinks, snacks and movies -- as well as advice -- for soldiers. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. J. Princeville Lawrence  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image...
  • Panetta Marks 9/11 Anniversary, Tries to Boost CIA Morale

    09/11/2009 3:18:26 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 664+ views
    CBS News ^ | September 10, 2009
    CIA Director Leon Panetta addressed agency staff in an e-mail today marking the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks tomorrow. With the CIA facing scrutiny over Bush-era torture of detainees and questions about how it should share responsibilities with the FBI and other federal agencies, Panetta used the opportunity to try to boost morale and rally employees. Panetta's full message is included below: Message from the Director: September 11th Tomorrow, our nation as a whole will remember those lost to us eight years ago. For the men and women of the CIA, September 11th is a constant, powerful incentive in...
  • Soldier boosts troop morale through music

    09/01/2009 4:59:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 398+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Bethany Little, USA
    Pfc. Andrew S. Wells, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, plays his guitar during some spare time at Patrol Base Husayniyah, Aug. 22. Wells plays a song he wrote, "Makes Me Stronger," while Soldiers take a break to listen. Photo by Pfc. Bethany Little, 172nd Infantry Brigade. PB HUSAYNIYAH — Music fills the air of this small patrol base as U.S. Soldiers here collectively notice the song and gather around a multi-talented musician. Lost within the song, Pfc. Andrew S. Wells strums on his guitar as the gathered Soldiers clap and sing along. Music has always been a part of Wells' life....
  • Ex-Intelligence Officials Cite Low Spirits at CIA

    08/31/2009 8:56:33 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies · 878+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 30, 2009 | Walter Pincus and Joby Warrick
    Morale has sagged at the CIA following the release of additional portions of an inspector general's review of the agency's interrogation program and the announcement that the Justice Department would investigate possible abuses by interrogators, according to former intelligence officials, especially those associated with the program. A. B. "Buzzy" Krongard, the third-ranking CIA official at the time of the use of harsh interrogation practices, said that although vigorous oversight is crucial, the public airing of once-classified internal assessments and the prospect of further investigation are damaging the agency. "Morale at the agency is down to minus 50," he said. At...
  • American Pastime Boosts Troop Morale

    08/08/2009 11:10:43 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 243+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Amburr Reese, USA
    Pfc. Jonathan Chavez, Charlie Company, Special Troops Battalion, tags a runner out at second base during the "Lone Star Double Play" softball tournament held in July on Camp Victory's ball field. Photo by Spc. Amburr Reese, 114th Public Affairs Detachment. CAMP VICTORY — When you think of Soldiers serving in a combat zone the last thing you might envision is a group of troops sitting in bleachers lacing up cleats and talking about what the batting order will be for the next game. Since 2004, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department here has been supporting one of America's favorite...
  • Face of Defense: Captain Brings Entertainment to Servicemembers

    08/01/2009 6:14:46 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 361+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Lance Cpl. Jason Hernandez, USMC
    AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq, July 31, 2009 – When most servicemembers think of their concert experiences here, they recall punching their fists into the desert sky, rocking out to old favorites and meeting new friends. Air Force Capt. Joshua Daniels, on the other hand, remembers long hours, black coffee and some of the most rewarding days of his military career. Daniels, the base’s morale, welfare and recreation liaison, is in charge of arranging entertainment for servicemembers deployed to western Iraq. Though much of his time is spent organizing concerts, he also finds time to acquire computers for the MWR...
  • Face of Defense: Chaplains Reinforce More Than Faith

    05/19/2009 4:36:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 282+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Capt. Stephen C. Short, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq, May 19, 2009 – Reinforcements are something every unit loves to have -- more soldiers help to win the fight and save lives at the same time. Army Chaplain (Maj.) Chuck B. Rizer, front right, gets into the action with the brigade staff as he competes in the brigade staff Olympics at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Stephen C. Short  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The duty of being a soldier can be difficult at times, and no matter how many extra soldiers arrive to...
  • Defense Department Celebrates Military Children in April

    04/02/2009 4:27:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 257+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 2, 2009 – The Defense Department and communities throughout the world will continue the 23-year tradition of recognizing the importance of military children in the month of April. The Month of the Military Child, first celebrated in 1986, is especially important today, said Arthur J. Myers, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy. “Children are our nation’s unsung heroes,” Myers said. “This month-long recognition is a time set aside to acknowledge the important role that children play in the lives of their military parents and express appreciation for their service. This is our chance...
  • Model-building Crew Helps Brigade’s Morale

    02/03/2009 4:55:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 250+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. DaleAnne Maxwell, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq, Feb. 3, 2009 – Dozens of military vehicles, cars, planes and a few other special novelties adorn the walls of the brigade command conference room in the headquarters building of the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team at this southern Baghdad base. Army Maj. Timothy Reed explains who made the different models that line the walls in the command conference room of the “Raider” Brigade on Forward Operating Base Falcon, Iraq, Feb. 2, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. DaleAnne Maxwell  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Col. Ted Martin, the brigade...
  • Volunteers Gear Up for ‘Day of Service for Military’

    01/15/2009 3:34:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 197+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2009 – Operation Gratitude, a troop-support group, is joining forces with Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and thousands of volunteers from across the country on Jan. 19’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday to assemble care kits for servicemembers deployed overseas. The effort, called "A Day of Service for Our Military," allows for people to show their support and express their appreciation to those in the military, organizers said. “We are thrilled to partner in this event, as this is a great way to introduce more Americans to the great work of Operation Gratitude and...