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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    For the ones that earned those stars, it was what they put into the troops yesterday that made them able to handle what's in front of them today.
    True.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Comforting and maddening at the same time. How do you get all those pretty stars for being useless in an actual situation?
    Adjutant General appointments in the Guard are essentially political appointments. They are made from among the ranks of the organization, usually whichever Colonel (Or Brigadier in the States with larger Guard establishments) is the Governor's favorite blowjob artist/contributor. The Guard is unfortunately not an apolitical organization, in the officer ranks and especially above the battalion level. The AG is often 'Out,' either retiring or returning to the slot opened up by the ascendancy of his replacement, when the chief executive office changes hands. The actual Soldiers and company grade officers, the place where the rubber actually meets the road, are not affected by all the politics, of course, and it generally doesn't reflect on their readiness (Which varies rather widely).

    Of course its political nature has helped the Guard, so they have no interest in reforming it, even aside from the fact that all the biggest stakeholders in it got there precisely because the system works the way it does. Prior to the massive military downsizing of the 90s, both the Guard and the totally-apolitical Army Reserve contained manpower-heavy combat arms maneuver units, such as mechanized infantry brigades (Which were under uniform readiness standards rather than having a Governor's desires inflicted on their field grade officer assignments). In the downsizing, it eventuated that the Guard had a lot more political clout in Congress than the Army Reserve, because the States have Congressional delegations generally aligned with the desires of their Governors, while HQDA couldn't really give a shit about supporting its own horse since HQDA loves making Congressmen happy more than it loves just about anything else. So, the Guard ended up with all the combat arms units, and the Reserve took most of the hits, leaving it with only combat service support (Logistic, medical, and administrative units) and combat support units (Engineers, MPs, MI, and such).
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by DumbAss Tanker View Post
    Adjutant General appointments in the Guard are essentially political appointments. They are made from among the ranks of the organization, usually whichever Colonel (Or Brigadier in the States with larger Guard establishments) is the Governor's favorite blowjob artist/contributor.
    Which explains why the general had to turn in his resignation like any other political appointee. A friend of mine is an SES in DC and all his immediate superiors (political appointees) are out Jan 20. They were originally planning to stay, since they figured Hillary would keep them. Now they have to look for real work. They've been steadily turning in their resignations as required by law.

    The Guard is unfortunately not an apolitical organization, in the officer ranks and especially above the battalion level. The AG is often 'Out,' either retiring or returning to the slot opened up by the ascendancy of his replacement, when the chief executive office changes hands. The actual Soldiers and company grade officers, the place where the rubber actually meets the road, are not affected by all the politics, of course, and it generally doesn't reflect on their readiness (Which varies rather widely).
    Is the Guard in DC actually prepared?

    Of course its political nature has helped the Guard, so they have no interest in reforming it, even aside from the fact that all the biggest stakeholders in it got there precisely because the system works the way it does.
    Yup. When you play by corrupt rules and win, you have no desire to reform things.


    Prior to the massive military downsizing of the 90s, both the Guard and the totally-apolitical Army Reserve contained manpower-heavy combat arms maneuver units, such as mechanized infantry brigades (Which were under uniform readiness standards rather than having a Governor's desires inflicted on their field grade officer assignments). In the downsizing, it eventuated that the Guard had a lot more political clout in Congress than the Army Reserve, because the States have Congressional delegations generally aligned with the desires of their Governors, while HQDA couldn't really give a shit about supporting its own horse since HQDA loves making Congressmen happy more than it loves just about anything else. So, the Guard ended up with all the combat arms units, and the Reserve took most of the hits, leaving it with only combat service support (Logistic, medical, and administrative units) and combat support units (Engineers, MPs, MI, and such).
    This is ludicrous! And just like Congress. I get so sick of how priorities are made. No one actually seems to think of the good of the whole.
     

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    Concur Tanker!

    Many guard units could not fight there way out of a wet paper bag.
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    Just some paranoid thinking:

    As I understand from the thread General Schwartz will no longer be in command inn the moments immediately after Trump takes the oath of office

    a) Who is second in command?

    b) Will he be ready if riots break out to control the situation?

    If he is white, my guess is that Obama wouldn't want a black man involved in controlling the riots that will be started by the BLM - i.e. the shock troops for the NAACP and other radical left wing hate groups.

    Additionally, the NAACP demands that the police don't use there body cameras. Why, so any injuries, deaths etc. can be blamed on (a) the police (b) The National Guard commanded by a white man.

    Just sayin'
     

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    Something that bothers me is that there are Muslim secret service agents, I have no idea how many but in the last 15 years there have been 3 separate incidents when they have been removed from commercial flights.
    According to the Quran they don't have to keep their word with non-Muslims.
    All we need is a suicide muzzie secret service agent.
    Pffffffffffffffffffffff! Buh Bye Big Ears
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