"Dumb Grunts"

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"Dumb Grunts"

Postby Niner Alpha » Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:01 pm

A friend was quoting something in a online military news source aimed at the active military. One of the pieces was about today's Army and about how today's soldier is more professional. One tick on the list was about the Infantry. Back in the old days if you were drafted you must have been a bone head, according to the story, while today you are a trained professional. And yes us moron draftees in Vietnam mostly learned by fear and terror and not by professional career oriented training...but did that make us dumb?

"It's easy to understand the infantry stereotypes of dumb grunts. In the old draft Army, lots of guys were shucked into the infantry and other combat arms branches to simply fill uniforms and foxholes. If they were dumb — oh well, their draft would end soon anyway.

Modern infantry is very different. While grunts today have a well-earned reputation for being occasionally immature and often crude, they also have a well-earned reputation for precision and tactical and strategic foresight.

Today, we expect 19- and 20-year-old specialists and corporals to lead small teams, positioning themselves and two other soldiers in the exact right position to have the maximum impact, sometimes without guidance from squad and platoon sergeants too busy with other tasks. It's the age of the "strategic corporal," and we simply can't afford dumb grunts."

https://www.wearethemighty.com/military ... s-dont-get

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