Personally, I think the bayonet course was one of the most physically challenging days of basic. Swinging around about 7 or 8 pounds of metal all day with force and running and jumping and all that in 100 degree heat, nothing could be more fun. It sucked yes, but it was a stress relief and was a good endurance reality check.
Originally posted by Infantry4life:
...I couldn't believe they dropped the amount of time training some really important things and put more time into training in kinda obsolete things, like CBRN. I know that there is always the threat for NBC threats so keep the training but there is no need to put more emphasis on things we haven't seen in along time.
As for this, I am a 74D. Granted CBRN hasn't been a MAJOR threat compared to bullets and explosives, but it can take 10,000 7.62mm rounds to kill a few soldiers, while 100lbs of a chemical or biological agent could kill off our entire force in an area, be it actually KILL or hinder all operations for a good period of time. Its thinking like that that screws us in the end. If I try to assign, fit, fix, and clean masks company wide you know how much hell I take? It might sound like a joke at times, but its a necessary precaution in the event that something happens. If we got any more lax on our CBRN needs, the enemy could easily use it against us. The cold war is over and the threat is low, yes, but have you not heard about the chlorine bombs that have been used in Iraq and Afghanistan against US troops? Luckily the insurgents didn't know how to disperse the chemical properly, but if they had, luck wouldn't be a factor anymore. Don't knock CBRN, it's a skill I hope I never have to use, but know that if I do, CBRN will matter one hell of a bit. Sorry, little off topic in a sense, but needed to put my $.02 in there.
As for the disciple I agree. I went through in 2006 at Ft. Lost in the Woods, 787th MP's and training was tough, but they didn't spend enough time breaking people. If a soldier can't shut his mouth and just stand in formation without fidgeting around the entire time, what good is he? They definitely need to crack down on respect (hmm, sounds familiar, LDR
SHIP?) and get soldiers to be the disciplined individual they should be.