The United States military has fought a fanatical enemy for over five years now around the globe, but some people still don’t think we are at war. Politicians fight over issues and don’t get anything done and still manage not do deal with the war. Now they complain that our citizen soldiers who give so much of themselves for their country aren’t up to the mission. They aren’t combat ready – not for lack of effort on their part, but because of problems at home. The Army needs to return to the fundamentals and that starts by looking at hand to hand combat.
You have to respect anyone who joins the National Guard. Those of you who serve take part in a military tradition that has been with us since before the American Revolution – no matter what the crisis as been. You don’t need to hear about how hard it is sometimes. You give up a weekend every month when most people don’t have any time, and nobody can say you do it for the money. Many of you leave good jobs, or you simply trade one uniform for another. You leave your families to cope without you, because you want others to be safe. You deserve better than criticism from those who know nothing about real public service.
The reason National Guard units aren’t ready for combat is because they have endured so much combat in recent years. Every unit has lost equipment and personnel in battle, and neither have been replaced. Soldiers that have completed their service are leaving the Guard so they can go back to the lives they had before being deployed, which they have every right to do – and should be thanked for their service. If the Army doesn’t want to spend the time and money training someone new for a position maybe they should pay people more and improve their benefits. As for equipment if it’s broken it should be fixed or replaced – end of story. The Army asks a lot from its people, so they should take care of them.
The Army is changing to meet future threats and the National Guard is part of the solution, but more needs to be done to help them. We are at war with an enemy who sees it as a generational fight, so we shouldn’t be fighting over budgets. Troops should have good pay and proper equipment, and should be given whatever else they need to protect us. Personnel also need to learn how to fight so they know how to survive in battle. Real self defense training helps soldiers develop good habits that will help them stay safe. This is the ultimate fight not the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
To simplify things you have to look at this issue as you would any self defense situation. You want to protect yourself from harm so you pay for self defense training. You buy things like pepper spray and an alarm, and you do whatever else you have to – considering it money well spent. The same applies for the National Guard which handles so many problems. At least now the problem has been identified so start fixing it. Improve things for soldiers and give them what they need quickly because there is a war going on. Also, teaching them how to really fight has never been a waste of money.
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