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  1. So put me on ignore, like you promised
  2. I posted a very long refutation. You got 1 line in and then lied about putting me on your ignore list so you wouldn’t have to respond. Now you’re lying about the fact that I posted it at all, despite the fact that it’s literally still there.
  3. Thought you said I was on ignore. Lying comes as naturally as breathing to you, I see.
  4. Res ipsa loquitur my friend. The weakest woman in the Army has tougher feelings than you do.
  5. It came free for a year with the last car I bought, 5 years ago. After a year I let the subscription expire. Never really used it. I get a letter once a week, without fail, so 200+ letters by now. In that first month after the subscription expired I would get a call maybe once every couple of days. I ignored some, accidentally picked up others. I told one guy to stop calling me and he told me to stop answering the phone, which got my blood pressure up quite a bit. They’ll never get another dime from me. If ever they have something I want to listen to I’ll steal it.
  6. You claim you were in the military. Think hard. These two facts are true: 1) the Army Combat Fitness Test is the only fitness test of record, i.e. the only one that produces a score that goes into your personnel file, and 2) every soldier runs the exact same version of the test, meaning a chaplain’s assistant or a pharmacy technician or a flute player in the Army band must perform the exact same tasks Therefore: the ACFT cannot be an assessment designed to test actual job-specific physical skills. It’s literally not possible. A job-specific physical skills test would, by definition, be different for soldiers with different jobs. When I was in mortarman school we had to physically carry a mortar system and ammo 5 miles, be able to do specific gun drills in less than X amount of time, etc. What job-specific skill does a 340 pound deadlift test for an Army flute player? Those job-specific skills tests remain in place, both in the schools system and in each individual unit. They’re pass/fail generally. They are not scored. They’re part of job training and part of any sort of readiness workup or evaluation. The ACFT will be used for a different purpose: the test exists to ensure a basic level of physical fitness for everyone, and the score will be used to compare people for promotion because that’s how anything with a score is used in the military, right or wrong. The changes to the events from the old PFT to the new ACFT basically just reflect changes to the way people exercise. The ACFT is a crossfit-style evaluation; instead of doing sit-ups they have you doing leg tucks. It’s more of a whole-body exercise. Nothing wrong with that at all, but nothing in the ACFT is linked specifically to any given soldier’s ability to do any given job. The original score proposal tried to split the difference between a pass/fail assessment based on a soldier’s job and an admin assessment for score, by dividing soldiers into 3 classes based on their jobs and having different minimum scores for each. This proposed change is simply recognizing the reality that a unified scoring regime for a test being taken by every soldier in the Army regardless of job does not produce useful information. Typing ability is a critical job skill for clerks, but we don’t test infantrymen on their typing speed or penalize them for promotion if they’re not able to type quickly. The logic here is the same. The fact remains that in order to graduate from infantry training, soldiers must perform gender-neutral physical assessments based on infantry skills (or armor skills or artillery skills or whatever). The scoring system for the ACFT is a separate thing.
  7. A few years back I ended up buying a Mini-14 for my wife and replacing the stock with wood. She wanted something that didn’t look like a scary black tactical rifle. I looked hard for a 9mm carbine in wood, didn’t find anything. I think she’d do better shooting that than the 5.56, and magazines won’t swap between her Mini-14 and my AR. Ah well. It is a pretty rifle at least.
  8. That is simply not true. The Army Combat Fitness Test is going to be the new physical fitness test for the whole Army. Cooks, medics, infantrymen, company clerks, truck drivers, artillerymen, everyone is going to run it. It has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any specific job in the US Army. Given that it isn’t intended to assess fitness for any given specific job, but rather to assess fitness overall, defining different scoring criteria according to gender and age not only makes sense but is how it’s always worked. It works that way in the Marines also and has for literally decades. Promoting a male admin clerk over a female admin clerk because the male clerk can lift more weight makes no sense. Before you spout off, it’s useful to know what you’re talking about. You should try it sometime.
  9. You completely misunderstand what the article is about. There are two kinds of physical fitness tests in the military: ones that have to do with actually doing the job you’re assigned to do, and ones that are used for administrative purposes. Admin PFTs are basically just another box to check. Doing well on an admin PFT doesn’t tell you very much about someone’s ability to do the job. I had plenty of Marines who couldn’t run 3 miles in 18 minutes (required to Max the PFT) but were excellent Marines in combat, who could hump and shoot and move just fine. The infantry isn’t a track team, running 3 miles in gym shorts is much less relevant than being able to shoot and move with gear on. Physical fitness assessments related to actual job requirements are typically pass/fail and have identical standards for both genders. They’re a different thing. This article is not about that.
  10. The facts are that no one in the infantry cares if the soldier or Marine next to them is black, white, gay, straight, or female. All they care about is whether they can do the job.
  11. Every soldier owns a dress uniform, only SOF guys are allowed to have long hair, and “spit ‘n’ polish” has always been a waste of time.
  12. It’s funny you mention that, because I’m reminded of a scene from Band of Brothers. Lt. Compton (“Buck”) is shot in the buttocks and can’t run, the unit is withdrawing, two of his troopers try to pick him up and Buck says “are you kidding me, I weigh more than both of you put together — leave me for the Germans.” Lynn Compton was a big man whoplayed semipro baseball. The troopers (obviously) refuse to leave their platoon commander and the next scene is one of them looting a door off a barn, laying the LT down across it, and then 4 of them dragging the door across the ground while he holds on. My point is: the infantry has always been made up of guys who are, generally, physically average. Some guys are short. Some are tall. Some are skinny. Some are huskier. Once you get an infantry unit in shape no one is fat, all the running and humping burns it off, but it’s just never been true that the average infantryman can pick up and carry a 6’ 220 guy together with all the gear and weapons and ammo that the infantry is weighed down with today. Even back in WWII, strong troopers in the best shape of their lives (they ran the asses off paratroopers back then) couldn’t pick up and carry a big dude. They had to come up with another solution. What matters is they got him out.
  13. It’s quite literally been years, but I remember the most pertinent fact quite well: you were never in the infantry. I was.
  14. The military gets nowhere near half our budget. Not even close. Social security plus Medicare is 2.2T dollars, the regular military budget is 700-odd billion.
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