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Old 10-16-2016, 06:01 PM   #1
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Military Myths

Gen Milley has some interesting words about what to expect from the world's strongest military force.
Unfortunately, there are some myths out there that can have a negative impact on ourmilitary. Knowing these myths can help inform you of our challenges.

Myth 1:
Wars of the future will be short. Our founding fathers did not intend to fight a sixyear

war for independence, nor did President Lincoln envision the length and cost of the
American Civil War. World War I was supposed to last six weeks. In our contemporary setting,
our national leaders never envisioned a war in Iraq or Afghanistan that spanned more than
15 years. Although there have been some short wars in history, most have taken much
longer than originally thought. We cannot assume wars of the future will be short.
Myth 2:
Wars can be won from a great distance using advanced technology. It is seductive

to think that our precision stand-off munitions can alone win a war. Wars are a function of
politics, politics is about people and people live on the ground. To impose political will by
war, ultimately, it must be done on the ground.
Myth 3:
Special operations forces can do it all. Our special forces are the best in the world,

but their mission is narrow and they are not designed, trained, manned, nor equipped to win
wars between nation states. No one service or group can. Nations win wars and it takes the
full joint force to do so.
Myth 4:
Armies are easy to regenerate. Enlist a few Soldiers, train a few leaders and you

have a unit ready to fight so the myth narrative goes. Leaders take years to develop the
competencies and skills our Army needs in combat. A platoon sergeant requires 15 years
of training and experience to be effective. A battalion commander may take 17 years. As a
unit, they must also execute tasks across a range of missions, and train on those tasks with
great repetition to build the synergy and cohesion needed to be the best Army in the world.
Competent armies are not at all easy to generate; it takes considerable time.

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Old 10-16-2016, 06:13 PM   #2
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Well said.

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Old 10-16-2016, 06:55 PM   #3
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Excellent, thanks for posting.

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Went to the link. You basically transcribed it.

What is our call-to-action here for the citizenry of the U.S.? Cheer "Go team!"?
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During wars, death and destruction prevails until one side capitulates. It is very destructive and is meant to be. War is killing and destroying life, it is horrible,but there is a winner and a loser, and issues are resolved.

Since the Korean "Conflict", there has been death and destruction, but the wars have been prematurely stopped for humanitarian issues, but the underlying issues have never been resolved. Whether it be Soviet aggression, or capitalistic control, or whatever, it has allowed the issues to never be defeated, only to keep raising their ugly head years later. This was never the case in the past; otherwise we would be speaking French,(opposing Napoleon) Russian ( opposing Soviet communism) , Italian ( opposing Mussolini fascism ) or German ( Nazi socialism) to name a few.

Wars sometimes have to be fought, sometimes at a great cost, until they are won or lost. Freedom is not cheap.
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Old 10-16-2016, 08:30 PM   #6
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A myth that parents tell their children: "Fighting never solves anything."

Oh? Like it or not, rational or not, some of mankind's largest issues have been resolved by fighting. Fighting never solved anything? That's a laugh--ask the Carthaginians. Or a member of the Third Reich.
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Originally Posted by mickeyd View Post
Gen Milley has some interesting words about what to expect from the world's strongest military force.
Not sure if the General sent his letter to the right audience. The retired soldier likely already understands the myths discussed. It's our leaders in DC and civilians with no military service that need to have those points hammered home.
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Our country's military center of gravity is the will of its people to fight and support the fight. It's why we've won every war someone started with us, and lost or left unresolved every one we've started ourselves. The people will not support our aggression for long; but there's hell to pay if you come at us.
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I Have never heard of these so called Myths
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Just to clarify the first myth, the US military effort in Iraq has been going on for over 25 years now.

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I'm in agreement.

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