Category Archives: Militaria

US Marine Corps will have male and female recruits training alongside each other during boot camp for the first time in history

While female Marines have been part of the Corps for over a century, male and female recruits will train alongside each other at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island for the first time in history.

The test group of about 50 women enlisting in the US Marine Corps will go through grueling boot camp training alongside male recruits, rather than separately as it has been done in the past, with same-sex instructors.

Recruits are organized by regiment, battalion, company, platoon, squad and often fireteam.


A Path Not Taken

Too few of today’s college graduates even consider serving in the military.

Very few of the 10 million people who tuned into the Army–Navy football game on December 8 were watching for the quality of the play. They were watching for the quality of the players.

The 119th contest between the Black Knights of the U.S. Military Academy and the Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy exemplified the ideals of amateur athletics—which is not to disparage either academy’s actual athleticism. Indeed, to a person, virtually every West Point Cadet and Annapolis Mid was a high school athlete—even if they weren’t all stars. They all participate in extracurricular sports or on a varsity team every semester that they attend the academies.


‘Nothing wrong with fighting (yes, killing) for values’: MP bemoans lack of interest in violence

In a bid to persuade young people to join the army, veteran and Tory MP Johnny Mercer decried how unpopular violence has become, tweeting: “Nothing wrong with fighting (yes killing) for values/what you believe in.”

The hawkish Mercer, a former British army captain who served in Afghanistan, later added, somewhat ambiguously, that “at some point – somewhere – someone – is going to have to stand up to Russia in the traditional sense.”

The reaction was predictable.


Why The Trump Administration Needs To Keep Women Out Of Combat

One of the first women to make it into the Marines just got busted last week for sleeping with a subordinate. She will not be the last. This will be a problem that now plagues our frontline warriors the same way it now plagues the mixed-sex U.S. Navy.

Female soldiers are sleeping with the men they work with, and they are getting pregnant. A lot: 16 out of 100 women on Navy ships are getting knocked up and have to leave their posts. Don’t think it will be an issue for the few women who make it through infantry training? Of course it will.


Press-ups and sit-ups dropped from new gender neutral Army training

For centuries, young soldiers have been “thrashed” in a hell for leather fitness test to prove they were at the peak of physical strength and battle ready. But in a new scientific overhaul of basic training, the British Army revealed yesterday that combat training will become “gender and age neutral” – because the enemy does not care what sex or how old a soldier is.

For the last three years, the military has worked with scientists from the University of Chichester to produce new “representative military tasks” that will replace a regime that has been used for the last 20 years.

Tea Time. France, WW II.


A Reaper Drone Shot Down Another Drone in First Unmanned Air-to-Air Kill

A U.S. Reaper drone shot down another with a missile, the Air Force revealed yesterday. The incident, which took place last year and involved an unmanned target drone, was the first case of a drone shooting down another another aircraft. The event ism a watershed moment in the history of aerial warfare, as unmanned aircraft begin to muscle in on air-to-air combat—previously the exclusive domain of manned aircraft.


The Pentagon Is Building a Dream Team of Tech-Savvy Soldiers

NICOLE CAMARILLO WAS touring the Army base at Fort Meade, Maryland, in early 2017 when a young captain—I’ll call him Matt, due to the sensitivity of his position—crossed her path.

I’ve got to talk to that kid, Camarillo remembers thinking. Just weeks before, she’d seen Matt deliver a presentation on a tool he was developing to counter enemy drone strikes in the Middle East. The technology, he explained, was being developed on a “shoestring budget.”


Xena madness

…Former Major Bernard Gaynor, a decorated combat soldier sacked from first the regular Army and then the Reserve for his campaign against political correctness in the military, has discovered a lengthy (237-page) official Army paper, Teaming: optimising military capability for the coming era of equality: 2020 to 2050, by Major Elizabeth G. Boulton.

It claims future Australian soldiers may be modelled on the kids’ TV sword-wielding heroine, Xena, Warrior Princess. Their mission will be, apparently, to defend the country from marauding hoardes of enemy Xenas. ‘I wish,’ Gaynor writes, ‘that I was making this up. But I’m not.’ He explains: ‘The document, published by the Army for incorporation into future policy and capability planning, states that between 2020 and 2050 the threats Australia faces are likely to be female-led and female-dominated. In response, the Army should enable the emergence of a Xena warrior cult within Australian women. ‘And consideration should be given to reducing special forces’ fitness standards to enable ‘Xena’ to thrive as a warrioress.’


Russia’s Experimental Arsenal Takes to Syria’s Skies

The Kremlin seems determined to portray its stealth fighters in the best possible light as prospects fade for mass production of the troubled warplanes.

The Russian military has finally offered an explanation for its mysterious, and brief, deployment of Su-57 stealth fighter prototypes to Syria in February.

The Su-57s conducted “practical” test launches of “promising multipurpose tactical cruise missiles,” Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu said during a May 25 address in Moscow.

But there are good reasons to believe Shoigu’s explanation is a lie. The Kremlin seems determined to portray its stealth fighters in the best possible light as prospects fade for mass-production of the troubled warplanes.


Putinganda: Russia’s ‘Syria tested’ robotic vehicle shows off its firepower

A test-run of Russia’s cutting-edge Uran-9 Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle has been caught on video. The machine, which has been deployed in Syria, will be among the newcomers in the upcoming V-Day parade in Moscow.

The remote-controlled Uran-9 is seen maneuvering through mud and firing off salvos in the latest video released by Russian Zvezda TV, an official outlet of the defense ministry. The war machine has already been seen at rehearsals for the 2018 V-Day parade, which will take place on May 9 on Red Square.


The Pentagon Is Making a Ray Gun to Stop Truck Attacks

A device that resembles an old phonograph may soon be used to jam and shut down vehicles like the one that killed 10 people in Toronto.

The van driver who killed 10 Toronto pedestrians on Monday showed that a terror technique that ISIS pioneered in Iraq and Syria in 2015 remains terrifyingly effective against unsuspecting urban populations. But the U.S. military is working on a new weapon to stop vehicle-born terrorist threats, one that could help police departments as well.


Forces plan rule changes as 15 per cent of Canada’s regular military unable to deploy

A little more than 15 per cent of Canada’s regular military is unfit to deploy, slightly higher than the U.S. armed forces which is fighting two wars and conducting numerous missions around the world.

The Pentagon recently announced a tough approach to the problem, warning troops they will be booted out if they are not capable of deploying over a 12-month period.


Honoring Vietnam Veterans Is The Right Thing To Do But We Now Fight Our Wars Using Other People’s Kids

…Senator Joe Toomey (R. Pa), said last year that an unpopular war meant that some veterans “were actually treated quite poorly (during) a tragic period in our history driven by people’s perceptions of the war. Fortunately, that, I think, is behind us now.”

Sorry, Senator, but neither commemorative lapel pins nor teary-eyed expressions of patriotic good will can camouflage an overriding generational reality: The widening gap between our soldiers and the society they swear to defend with their lives. You need look no further than the notorious example of Gregory Salcido, the Rancho Mirage, California high school teacher who recently unloaded on one of his students wearing a U.S. Marines sweatshirt.