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General Discussion / Re: NEW RECRUITS UNABLE TO THROW GRENADES
« Last post by Unknown on Today at 08:24:11 AM »
In the linked militarydotcom article it explains the courses are still taught, only removed from graduation requirements. Admittedly I didn't read it all, or even closely. Does it mean it is still part of basic, or a part of next level training.

The state of being for the American youth is sounding a bit worse than I imagined based on this info. Nevertheless it sounds like a good thing not wasting time, resources on skills a huge number of them will never use. Of course it would be a mistake to select recruits unfit for duty and send them into combat without necessary skills drilled into them.

Mann lays out another strong point: too many recruits throw like girls. I don't know the numbers. How many are there?
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General Discussion / Re: NEW RECRUITS UNABLE TO THROW GRENADES
« Last post by weedeater64 on Today at 06:12:15 AM »
If I recall correctly the Ronald Reagan was to be the first carrier to not have a sextant or require anyone on board to know how to use one.

Technology can be a great tool when used intelligently, depending on it completely is stupid.
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General Discussion / Re: NEW RECRUITS UNABLE TO THROW GRENADES
« Last post by Mannlicher on Today at 05:41:43 AM »
what is not being reported, is that the problem is the women.  Get rid of the women in MOS codes, and problem solved.  Mostly.
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General Discussion / Re: NEW RECRUITS UNABLE TO THROW GRENADES
« Last post by Orbean on Today at 05:28:32 AM »
That article also states that Land Navigation by map/compass will also be replaced by electronics. Ignorance of navigating a wilderness area without the basic knowledge of how to utilize a map/compass combination, but relying solely on a an iPhone with Google Earth or a GPS unit is pure and deadly folly!  :P     Batteries and electronics fail & die. :-\    Vast areas with unattainable or very spotty satellite connections exist all over the world, especially in canyons, mountainous areas, heavily forested and jungle regions.  Add blowing snow, sand, rain and/or heavy overcast, etc. to the mix and even a fully charged phone or GPS unit will just sit there doing nothing but search for a single satellite.......not to mention the SECOND satellite which it needs to function, but will NEVER be able to find. :doh:

I recently read that they are back to teaching navigation skills. I could be wrong, but i think the academy's had stopped teaching traditional navigation skills but are back doing it now.

I am also concerned about the state of our young people, but they are kids and if need be it would not take long to get them up to speed. What concerns me more is not their lack of physicality but their lack of mental toughness. The physical can be trained into them but the mental comes from upbringing and has to be taught and developed as they are growing. Moral courage can be taught but it has to start as a toddler. There are many parents that are loving their children into worthless young adults.   

 
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DIY and Homemade Gear / Re: one strand knotting
« Last post by Orbean on Today at 05:09:50 AM »
Nice, i really like the one made out of cotton line.
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I think the guy was sick.  As bad as it was,  they should have had a little empathy.

That was the first thing that came to me when reading this. The article i read made it sound like he would not stop. I think the poor guy was sick. One farting guy on a plane, that is nothing, try 8 rugby players in a van for seven hundred miles after a weekend tournament eating nothing but fast food and drinking beer and gatorade, all of that combined with smell of unwashed jerseys and well, you can imagine.
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I think the guy was sick.  As bad as it was,  they should have had a little empathy. 
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DIY and Homemade Gear / one strand knotting
« Last post by asemery on Yesterday at 10:21:38 PM »
one strand zipper pulls


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Gear Reviews / Re: Neos Navigator over boots.
« Last post by Spyder1958 on Yesterday at 05:36:13 PM »
Thanks Stan for the review.
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General Discussion / Re: The best people
« Last post by Spyder1958 on Yesterday at 05:30:14 PM »
Yes Greg Is FIRST class always. has always stepped up and helps anyone any time.
Greg's the Man.
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