Some Pushback on that Lind article… and some agreement too.


URR posted about an article by William Lind. Lots of people immediately panned the article (and by my lights, rightly so), mostly about the intellectual incuriosity of junior officers.

CDR Salamander, of course, took a poke at the article. But he also gives credit where due on some parts of Lind’s piece. For my money, the biggest structural problem in the officer corps is the stupendously bloated staff sizes. Your mileage may vary.

As with so many posts at CDR Sal’s, the real fun is in the comments. That’s your reading assignment for today.

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4 responses to “Some Pushback on that Lind article… and some agreement too.

  1. Esli

    Did not have the mental energy requisite to make it through more than about 10 comments. Deep thinkers. Alas, the army officer does not have time to be a deep thinker. I have spent 23 months in command with almost no ability to reflect on, or ask the challenging questions that I would like to ask my officers. I haven’t even had the ability to plan adequately because of how thin my BN staff is (definitely not the place to cut) which results in my having to augment their planning with more direct guidance. And the problem is that the things I insist on cramming in are the warfighting and professional development skills which, if I didn’t do, wouldn’t get done. You would be surprised at how rare a thing a fully planned platoon level exercise with MILES, evaluators, OPFOR, etc, are. To expand on my comments on the other post, it is a struggle to fit in warfighting skills amid the other requirements, and the ethereal such as intellectual development is / was the first casualty of the frantic pace of the average unit.

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    • What you’ve here and previously, tells me that the Army has some real thinking to do. You should not be so loaded down that you have to spend 12-15 hours on the job, or doing the things your staff is supposed to be doing. One day, that will come back to bite, and bite hard.

      Understand, I’m not blaming you.

      While I thought that Lind’s article had a lot wrong, there’s also a lot right. To write it off because there is so much wrong would be a serious mistake. I think ‘Phib’s comments should be well taken, but there is a lot wrong in the Military, and Esli above is testifying to some of it.

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  2. Esli

    QM, I don’t take it as blame. Bottom line is that the army has gotten to where not many know how to train for maneuver warfare. Part of what takes me so long at work each day is that I have to train my guys. I don’t jus do, I show them what I want and then they do it. I have to be directive in that, sometimes. But I only have five weeks of it left and then I am out of the job.

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