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Today, the group is a shadow of what it once was — IS no longer holds any urban areas on congruous stretch of territory but still mounts kidnappings, ambushes and assassinations in rural Iraq. Training the Iraqi army is a core objective of the coalition. Poorly trained and equipped, underfunded, and corrupted in the decade after the U. It was then that the Iraqi parliament voted to invite international forces back into the country, to turn the tide in the war against IS.

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F6F Hellcat at War. Cory Graff. Spare Parts: From Campus to Combat. Buzz Williams. SAS Insider. Clint Palmer. Long Rifle. Joe LeBleu. Making A Killing. James Ashcroft. Soldiers need reflexive and quick-fire training, using burst fire. The more aggressive you look and the faster you are, the less likely the enemy will mess with you.

It is okay to tell your soldiers what the regulation is; but as a commander, you should make the effort to get the soldier home for the birth. A single wall of sandbags will not stop any significant munitions. Take pictures of everything and even, maybe more importantly, everyone. The right photo in the right hands can absolutely make the difference. If they accept you into the tent, by custom they are accepting responsibility for your safety and by keeping on the body armor, you are sending a signal that you do not trust them.

If tea or coffee are offered, be sure to accept the items with the right hand.

Do not look at your watch when in the tent. Supply each soldier with one tourniquet; we use a mini-ratchet strap that is one inch wide and long enough to wrap around the thigh of a soldier. Cotton holds water.

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You need to train your soldiers to aim, fire, and kill. The average local is terrible at trying to read a map; however they do understand sketches—the simpler the better. The second you see your soldiers start to lose interest, or roll their eyes, or not pay attention, your S2 has failed and you, your soldiers, and the mission are in danger. The 9mm round is too weak, go for headshots if you use it. One was a chaplain. There were death-benefit papers to fill out, and on and on.

Two months before deploying to Iraq, Captain Raymond Kimball, of the Seventh Cavalry, learned from Companycommand never to send a vehicle bound for Iraq to the docks before checking its hydraulic lines for leaks. It was a nuisance, but it saved the life of Specialist Timothy Griffin. She took the precaution of writing the procedure on a slip of paper.

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In a hellish attack on a convoy last April, a soldier was gravely wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade that exploded close to his head. Though Companycommand and Platoonleader require passwords, they could presumably be hacked, and a determined enemy could learn a good deal about how officers think. Everything you type is being read by the enemy.

Beyond the how-to details, the Web sites offer the comfort of connection to a brotherhood of officers who are trying to master the same impossible job. Little by little, the Army is absorbing Companycommand. In , West Point put Platoonleader on its server, and a year later added Companycommand; both sites now have military addresses. It sent all four of its founders to graduate school to earn Ph. And the Army is starting to pay the Web sites the sincerest form of flattery: in April, the commanding general of the First Cavalry Division, Major General Peter Chiarelli, ordered up a conversation site for his officers.

While call is used mostly in training units in the U. Sure enough, a grenade was waiting. The Army finds itself in a similar relationship with its junior-officer corps.

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Leonard Wong worries that an institution as hierarchical and doctrinaire as the Army will have trouble reining in its young officers after the war. But can the Army as an institution be nimble enough to leverage them? Do we now sit these captains down and treat them as we used to? They all wear combat patches. Have we changed anything in the organization to respond to that?

No matter how clever its captains and lieutenants are becoming in the face of the insurgency, the Army may never be able to declare victory in Iraq. Thirty years after the fall of Saigon, the military finds itself thrust into another war with limited public support, insufficient resources, and a murky definition of success.

It remains to be seen whether its appetite for learning the lessons of Iraq will extend to analyzing how it got into such a war in the first place. His move failed. Or did the Army go all the way to the line? Thomas White, who was fired from his job as Secretary of the Army in May of for clashing with Rumsfeld on a number of issues, including how many troops would be needed, told me that the lesson the Army needs to take away from the run-up to Iraq is precisely the one no officer wants to learn. A week before the Presidential election, the Association of the United States Army held its annual convention in Washington.

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Membership in the association is open both to Army personnel and the corporations that sell things to the Army, and the gathering transformed the lower level of the Washington Convention Center into an arms bazaar. Attractive women posed fetchingly beside Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Volvo displayed its trucks, Barrett Firearms showed off its new. Officers mingled in the hallways in dress-green droves, those who had been in combat distinguished by unit patches on the right arm rather than the left.

The talk of the convention was a book published in that the officer corps has recently rediscovered. Using once classified Vietnam-era documents, McMaster finds fault not just with Robert McNamara, then the Secretary of Defense, who dismissed warnings from the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the Vietnam War would be hard to win, but with the four Chiefs themselves, who were complicit, because they failed to publicly voice their misgivings.

The officers fighting in Iraq are, most of the time, remarkably enthusiastic.