Recruiting the Next Generation of National Guard Soldiers

Every organization wants the best talent. But how to get it? This has been the conversation within the U.S. military at large for some years now, as the economic outlook for potential recruits has gotten brighter. It is a topic that is especially dear to the Reserve Component (National Guard and Reserves) these days, as …

Are Active Duty Army Systems and Procedures Harming Reserve Component Readiness?

"It's a system that's designed for the Active Component, so we just have to work around that."Raise your hand if you're a Reserve Component (Army National Guard or Army Reserve) soldier who's heard that over the course of your career. Whether it's an online portal for accessing records or the way that we dispatch vehicles …

No More Task Force Rogue Ones: A Tactical Analysis of the Raid on Scarif

Disclaimer: this should not be read as not wanting more Rogue One-type movies; we need more Star Wars films like this. Also: SPOILERS. There's a common phrase that you're apt to hear in discussions on Army readiness: "No more Task Force Smiths." For reference, Task Force Smith was a rapidly cobbled together unit of infantry and artillery …

When the United States Army Went to War Armed with French Weapons

France. What a silly place, am I right? They eat frogs, they're on their, like, millionth government since the Revolution, and they keep needing us 'Muricans to save them during world wars. Well, that is one way of viewing the Franco-American narrative, I suppose, if one were to overlook the incredibly vital French aid during the American …

What is Readiness and How Do We Get There?

Let’s have a little chat about readiness. To be more specific, let’s talk Army National Guard readiness. First of all, what does readiness even mean? The word is being tossed around like a football these days (that’s American football to you other folks who refuse to acknowledge our arbitrary break with the rest of the …

History: The Overlooked Military Discipline

This article first appeared on Point of Decision, August 24, 2015. There are several governing metrics for unit commanders in the Army: physical fitness, marksmanship, and military education. Each Soldier is required to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test, qualify on their assigned weapon, and be trained and proficient in their military occupational specialty. These are the basic …