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Old 12-05-2019, 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted by chris View Post
I'm heading to the sand box in a few months. And I'll tell you I'm not looking forward to it at all. It's only Kuwait and it's not a deployment as my CO is calling it.

We have a ton of slick sleeve officers who will no doubt go somewhere and get their patch with actually not doing anything outside other than getting there.

I did a stateside mob and that actually wasn't that bad. Bliss is certainly better than Kuwait. I went to Iraq 15 years ago and that was an actual deployment. This next one to Kuwait does not sit well with me I don't have the "warm and fuzzy" about it. I've been in for too long to give a crap as well.

As Snoopy has pointed out the Reserves is abusing their people to the point of what the law allows. That is no joke. It's actually stupid to have Reserve or Guard meet AD standards for deployment .

People have jobs, family, hobbies and the like.

The requirements for deployment are actually idiotic. I saw how that was when I was at Bliss I thought it was insane from my side just setting some of it up. Now I'm part of that side. It's more than necessary IMO. I went to Desert Shield with less and OIF as well. Today nope.

The USAR is broken beyond repair. The CAR has allowed this to happen for decades now.

The new PT test is another mess that Reserve and Guard will have to deal with. Another good idea fairy program that is in search of a problem instead of solution.
Hey, good luck Chris. Spent way too much time in Kuwait, much preferred Afghanistan. And yeah new battalion pulled us out of Afghanistan early (mission unfinished) so they could send their own units in to get patches.

I enlisted into the reserves back when we wore BDUs and black boots. In the time since, I've seen the reserves change a lot, some for the better, mostly not though.

This year's deployment was a huge eye opener, even though I knew the problems before we left. My troops kicked *** and performed circles around the active army units. But the politics, apathy and incompetence in leadership was incredible, from company level up. "Specialists with rank" E5s with no desire to lead or pride in the NCO Corp (who woulda seen that when they pushed down "all Promotable E4s must submit a packet) Platoon leaders with no leadership ability or skill, battalion brass who Brown nose their boss and cover their incompetence by **** talking and blaming subordinates/units. Hell, during demob both bliss and home battalion refused to pay for a bus to transport Soldiers from airport to the unit. Nothing says welcome home like basically being told you're on your own.

I've been a platoon sergeant for 11 years and love the job. But now I agree, USAR is broken, leadership is out of touch, Soldiers abused. We have a serious culture problem. And I'm just counting the days till I can pop smoke and get what little retirement I've earned.
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