Not everyone is qualified

Why No Transgender in the Military?

Trey Gowdy just said a few things about the military in response to a stupid question from a CNN reporter about the ban of transgender. He nails it!

Nobody has a “right” to serve in the Military. Nobody. What makes people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer? Very far from it.

The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens from joining for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too stupid, too tall or too short. Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for missing or additional fingers. Poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth. Malnourished? Drug addiction? Bad back? Criminal history? Low IQ? Anxiety? Phobias? Hearing damage? Six arms? Hear voices in your head? Self-identify as a Unicorn?

Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair? Can’t run the required course in the required time? Can’t do the required number of pushups? Not really a “morning person” and refuse to get out of bed before noon? All can be reasons for denial.

The Military has one job. War! The Military has one job. Anything else is a distraction and a liability. Did someone just scream “That isn’t Fair”? War is VERY unfair, there are no exceptions made for being special or challenged or socially wonderful.

YOU change yourself to meet Military standards. Not the other way around. I say again: You don’t change the Military…you must change yourself. The Military doesn’t need to accommodate anyone with special issues. The Military prides itself on WINNING WARS.

If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from readiness or lethality… Thank you for applying and good luck in future endeavors.

OK. Who’s next in line?


Marines outfit new skis for Mountain Warfare

New Skis on the Way for Marines at Bridgeport

Marines with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, take a short break during ski and sled drills as part of company unit-level training at Camp Sendai, Miyagi, Japan, Feb. 21, 2018. (Stormy Mendez/Marine Corps)
12 Mar 2018
By Hope Hodge Seck
The Marine Corps has released a solicitation for a new military ski system for use at the Corps’ Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, California, reaffirming the service’s commitment to improving troops’ ability to fight and operate in the cold.

In a six-page sources sought solicitation published March 9, the service laid out detailed requirements for a new standard-issue ski system, including a multi-functional ski boot that can function on its own as well.

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Bridgeport, with its mountainous terrain, is the Marines’ stateside location for cold-weather training.

Ultimately, the solicitation calls for 863 sets of skis in different sizes. It comes following a broader Corpswide effort to purchase more than 2,600 NATO ski systems to replace aging and ineffective legacy gear.

During a trip to Norway in December, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller revealed the plan to outfit troops deployed there, as well as scout snipers, reconnaissance Marines, and select infantry companies, with the new skis.

“If we are who we say we are, which is the nation’s force in readiness, we have to be ready,” Neller told the Marines at the time.

The Marine Corps ultimately plans to spend $12.75 million on new skis as the service transitions from nearly two decades of desert combat to operations in a more diverse array of climates.

According to the most recent solicitation, the skis for use at Bridgeport will weigh no more than six pounds, and preferably four. The skis will be able to bear at least 250 pounds of weight, and the system should “maximize comfort wherever possible” to keep fatigue at bay.

The Marines want the skis in white snow camouflage, with non-reflective surfaces, to enable troops to blend into their surroundings day and night.

Manufacturers have until April 9 to respond to the solicitation; it’s not clear when the training center expects to receive the new skis.

Fielding of the NATO ski system to special communities and infantry Marines is set to begin at the end of this year

Nude BAM photos

Nude Photos of Female Service Members Discovered in Dropbox Folder

Recruits of Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, repeat the oath of enlistment during an emblem ceremony Feb. 15, 2017, on Parris Island, S.C. (Marine Corps Photo/Cpl. Vanessa Austin)
Stars and Stripes
12 Mar 2018
By Seth Robson
The U.S. military is looking into another case of lewd photographs of female service members shared on social media.

Marine Corps officials have called on the Naval Criminal Investigative Service following revelations by Vice News last week that 267 images of female service members had been shared in a Dropbox folder called “Hoes Hoin’.”

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Vice reported that most of the images in the folder show women in military clothing. Some show the women’s faces, dog tags, uniforms and name tags.

“Some of the photos are selfies, others are clearly taken by another person,” the Vice report said. “Some show women performing sexual acts. A few are of service members fully clothed, in apparent attempt to shame or discredit them.”

“Finally, some photos are crude collages showing a fully clothed service member in uniform on one side and a nude photo of the same woman on the other,” the report added.

Some of the photos had been previously shared in other online groups while others appear to be new, Vice said.

“It’s been reported through NCIS and the appropriate measures have been taken,” Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Christopher Harrison told the Military Times. “I believe the site has been taken down.”

A Pentagon spokesperson told the newspaper that the Defense Department was also “aware of reports concerning the Dropbox site” and said it would be investigated and prosecuted if necessary.

Dropbox told the Military Times that the link to the images had been removed and banned so that it couldn’t be recirculated.

The military has struggled to deal with servicemembers’ behavior on social media since last March, when it was revealed that 30,000 people had joined a now-defunct Facebook group called Marines United, where active-duty and veteran Marines shared nude photos of female service members and others, made derogatory comments about them and threatened some of the women.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller responded to the scandal in a video, telling Marines to focus on training to fight adversaries, not “hiding on social media” and participating in or allowing online activities that disrespect or harm their fellow service members.

Since then the Marine Corps has cracked down on online misconduct, court martialing seven Marines, separating six and handing out 14 nonjudicial punishments and 28 adverse administrative actions, Marine Corps officials told Military Times.

In a video posted on Twitter last week, the Marine Corps said it has trained 200,000 Marines and investigated 131,000 images, 168 websites and 123 people, 55 of whom have been punished.

“Marines are expected to intervene and report every instance of online misconduct to the extent required by the law,” the video said

Ar15 not a battle rifle

Second, the idea that the AR-15 is some kind of horrifically powerful weapon is absurd. In its most common chambering, the 5.56 NATO, the AR-15 is actually underpowered compared to traditional American battle rifles like the M1873 “Trapdoor” in .45-70 or the M1903 Springfield in .30-06. The AR-15 is a .22-caliber centerfire. When its M-16 counterpart was introduced in Vietnam, it was derided as a “mouse gun” and a “poodle-shooter.” Many troops were dismayed when their .30-caliber M-14s were replaced with the new rifle.

Indeed, the M-16 and AR-15 rifle suffered a poor reputation for a couple of decades after its introduction in Vietnam, in part because ammunition issued by the Army resulted in malfunctions and jams, causing the deaths of a number of troops during firefights with the Viet Cong.

Like most technologies, however, the AR-15 has evolved significantly over time. Its popularity today exists for a number of reasons. The AR platform uses space-age materials, such as forged aluminum and plastic, which make it lightweight, durable, and weather-resistant. Today’s AR-15 is reliable, ergonomic, and user-friendly. It’s easy to maintain, and unlike traditional wood-stocked rifles, which often require custom fitting, it allows an infinite variety of aftermarket options and configurations without expensive professional gunsmithing. To use an analogy that will be understandable to red-state males (but probably unfamiliar to urban blue-staters), the AR-15 has become the “small-block Chevy” of the shooting world. Barrel assemblies (called “uppers”) can be switched out in ten seconds or less, and stocks can be easily customized to fit an individual shooter – such as a small-statured female.

Sam colt remembered true today. Lest we forget.

The reason Colt made his first pistol, was because he was bullied. He wanted to allow the weaker smaller man, have a chance against the larger tougher one. When his first pistol was successfully made, he called it the Equalizer. So that no person, big or small, will be at an advantage. The gun gun was made not just for war, but for self defense. You can not tell me that an assault rifle is not a warranted weapon when you get attacked by gangs, I have been attacked on a few occasions for being in “their turf”. Had I had a way to defend against so many attackers, I would have taken the opportunity. The only reason I am still alive today, is because some passerbys called the cops and they actually got there in time. That is not always the case. What good are gangs, when everyone around them is armed? They lose all the power we give them by doing nothing.

Poland being villanized

Poland’s government says the law is needed to protect Poland from being slandered for crimes committed by Nazi Germans that took place during the 1939-45 occupation and to make the wartime suffering of Poles clear to the world. Poland lost six million citizens during the war, half of them Jews.