Monday, December 25, 2006

Training

I was watching some cable news show the other day and somebody said something that just stunned me. It took me a couple of days to actually process it, it was just that stunning.

They were interviewing two soldiers in Iraq. One was some kind of infantry, career staff sgt. The other was a pfc medic. They were father and son.

The reporter asked the sgt whether he was worried about his son being in combat.

"No, I trust his training", he said.

Trust his training? That stunned me. What the hell does that mean?

Medic training about about taking care of others while the bad guys are shooting at you. Medic training is not about keeping your head down.

Somebody with a son in combat who isn't worried about his son since his son was trained to not keep his head down is somebody that really gives me the creeps.

No wonder we can't win a damn war. We have sergeants with an IQ of a carrot.


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