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Thursday, April 27, 2006


Sailors turned into IED fodder

Navy sailors get Army training at Fort Jackson
Associated Press

FORT JACKSON, S.C. - Navy sailors are trading sea legs for land combat as the U.S. Army is opening its largest training base to help them survive when sent into Afghanistan or Iraq.

The Navy is sending thousands of men and women to support Army units in those regions and wants its sailors to hone their fighting skills.

I find it strange that this AP story has not been picked up by the national blogs. I mean does it seem weird to anyone that people who signed up to be in the Navy are being trained on Army bases to go to Iraq? Like all good military people they are not making a stink, but check out this money quote:

"This is excellent training, really. It will be very helpful. I'm headed to Iraq. I need this," said the 34-year-old reservist nurse from Columbus, Ohio.

Well, not so much the quote - but the attribution. A 34-year-old reservist nurse from Columbus, Ohio? That is who we have fighting this war?

I guess they've run out of National Guard.
Reconfiguring the forces for Iran...The US Navy would be of limited use in an Iran invasion.

Considering Iran has no blue-water access other than the Persian/Oman Gulfs, which are too small for the Navy to maneuver (ever wonder why Iran was testing new torpedoes?)

Also considering we have plenty of land-based platforms in the region now to launch Tomahawks and airplanes, therefore carriers aren't needed.
Whatever the mission, for every Navy reservist who they can get to say how happy he/she is with the training - I'll bet they have 20 who are saying "WTF? I never signed up for this."

This is more Rumsfeldian genius at work.

Have you ever spent a day in uniform?
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