25 October 2006

What are they teaching in Basic these days?

Ummm. . .

So we are rolling out the gate, and my truck crew is a scratch crew as is usual for HHC. I'm driving because my "driver" can't actually drive. So we get to our security position for the construction crew (moving T-walls around with an M-88) and what does this young Soldier do?

Whip out a John Grisham novel and start reading.

Now, normally I'm the last person to criticize someone for reading, but we are out the wire in Indian Country and we are supposed to be pulling security. Granted it's a female cook who is totally cherry, but what the hell?


Blogger A Soldier's Girl said...

We talked about this last night, right?

I sorta remember.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had the same problem in ROTC, pulling 360 security, look over and a female cadet had a thick romance novel in her hands and her rifle on the ground, instead of watching her sector. In fact, my assessment when I was in ROTC was that the most gung-ho cadets were those most likely to get into academic trouble and fail to get commissioned, while those who were only in ROTC to get college paid for and who intended to leave service at the first oppurtunity were the ones who were making academic requirements and getting commissioned (although they would frequently bomb on the summer camp evaluation, so they'd wind up in noncombat arms Reserve slots).

Of course, the flip side is a story John Ringo tells from the 82nd of a guy who was so intent on finishing one of his books that the guy was literally reading it during a firefight, putting it down and dropping 40mm rounds on target whenever his teammates called for it...

9:49 PM  
Blogger Consul-At-Arms said...

So how did you deal with this soldier?

1:47 AM  
Blogger Consul-At-Arms said...

BTW, I've linked to you here: http://consul-at-arms.blogspot.com/2006/10/re-what-are-they-teaching-in-basic.html

1:52 AM  
Blogger Just A Decurion said...

Not much I could do. Ain't my Soldier, and there isn't a good Corrective Training to be done during a mission. Passed the buck to her squad leader.

6:15 AM  
Blogger AnokaRight said...

http://www.squad-leader.com/vbnhq/22_102.htm Needs to be brought back

5:25 PM  
Anonymous qp4 said...

I always had a paperback or two under the radio mount right next to my soft cap.

10:05 PM  

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