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Monday, August 15, 2005

Keeping me up tonight

Isn't basic training in the U.S. military only eight weeks?

What happens after basic?

Are soldiers considered battle-ready?

Are the young men and women who currently join the armed forces being shipped out to Iraq and Afghanistan as fast as they can complete basic training?

If so, then why is it taking so long for our military to train Iraqi forces?

Can't we just put them through basic?

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t1ernd0g said...

Basic training is just that: basic. After basic, everybody gets their specialty training, and infantry is just another specialty. I'm not sure exactly how long it is, but I believe it's an additional 25-30 weeks.

Jeff Hess said...

Shalom Wendy,

During Vietnam (and before) we used to ship troops right from basic to combat. But that was back in the day when training was basically:

1. Don't think, do what you're told.
2. The bullet comes out this end.

In the 21st century it gets a lot more complicated than that and hence the longer training times.

I suspect that the inability to train Iraqi forces has a lot more to do with local politics and less with actual training. After all, Iraq had a trained army before we invaded.

B'shalom,

Jeff

Jeff Hess said...

Shalom Wendy,

Here's a link to someone doing the actual training.

Making The NIA

B'shalom,

Jeff

Wendy Hoke said...

Thanks for the link, Jeff. Hope all is well. Perhaps I'll see you at tomorrow's blogger event.
Wendy