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From the New York Times news section:

In a Changing Military, the Army Eases Its Rules for Women’s Hair

The Army, which is increasingly dependent on female soldiers, has issued new regulations that allow women to wear lipstick and no longer limits their hair to a tight, disciplined bun.

Capt. Jawana McFadden said that wearing her hair in a bun pushed her helmet forward over her eyes.

By Dave Philipps
Feb. 26, 2021

… In a military increasingly dependent on women, and particularly Black women, that is now changing.

The latest update to the Army’s uniform and grooming regulations, which takes effect on Friday, offers several revisions that give the 127,000 women serving in the Army and National Guard a chance to finally let their hair down — at least a bit.

For the first time, women will be allowed to have buzz cuts. And they will be able to wear combinations of styles, such as locs pulled back in a ponytail, which for years were off limits. The new rules allow short ponytails at all times, and long ponytails in combat and in training when a bun might otherwise interfere with equipment.

“It’s long overdue,” Captain McFadden said of the change. “It shows that the Army is recognizing we can be soldiers and still be ourselves, that being a soldier and a Black woman is valid and valued.”

The new regulations are tucked among reams of standards that stipulate everything from who can wear capes (officers only) to whether soldiers can stand with their hands in their pockets (no). While permitting ponytails may seem tepid in the freewheeling world of civilian fashion, for women in uniform the changes offer not only welcome flexibility, but a growing sign that the Army is listening, and slowly moving away from military standards that in the past generally let them serve only to the extent that they agreed to look and act like men.

Women will now also be able to have highlights in their hair and wear conservative shades of lipstick and nail polish, so long as they are not “eccentric, exaggerated, or faddish,” and they can wear stud earrings while not in field training or combat.

And the regulations for the first time include guidance on breastfeeding, allowing soldiers to wear a specifically designed nursing T-shirt under their camouflage coat, and authorizing women to unzip the uniform and, without using a cover, “breastfeed anywhere the soldier and child are otherwise authorized to be.” …

“It’s a matter of national defense,” Ms. Germano said. “We just don’t have enough male candidates to do the job.”

The military has developed an especially outsize reliance on Black women, who, Ms. Germano noted, account for nearly a third of all women in the military, even though they make up only about 15 percent of the civilian female population. Black women now serve in the military at a far higher rate than any other demographic group.

“The military offers a lot of opportunities for people we don’t traditionally see as soldiers. They are taking advantage of that,” Ms. Germano said. “And it is slowly reshaping our image of what a soldier is.”

The most recent grooming changes were recommended by a panel of 10 Black women, four white women, one Hispanic woman, one Hispanic man and one Black man drawn from both low- and high-ranking soldiers.

This is starting to sound like Ignatius J. Reilly’s plan for world peace: have fashioned-obsessed homosexual men take over all the armies of the world and compete only at throwing the best fancy dress balls.

They sought input from medical experts who detailed how tight buns sometimes led to hair loss, headaches and other problems that affected soldiers’ well-being and performance. …

“When I started in the Army, the saying was ‘All I see is green,’” said Sergeant Major Grinston, who joined the Army as an artillery soldier in 1987 and holds the Army’s most senior enlisted position. The saying was a way of expressing that, regardless of sex, race or background, the Army treated all soldiers the same. “Recently, someone told me, ‘When you say that, you don’t see all of me,’” he said. Seeing everyone as identical kept him and other leaders from understanding the unique challenges and contributions of individuals, he added. “That was really powerful.”

Join the Army to express your individuality!

 
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  1. So are they going to bring back the 80s recruitment slogan, “Be all that you can be”?

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
    @Redneck farmer

    There was a great cartoon from back then. A dumpy-looking sad sack recruit was wheeling a wheelbarrow full of rocks. His sergeant was standing next to him, speaking. The caption read "I'm familiar with our recruiting policy, Private Jones-but this IS all that you can be."

    , @Anon7
    @Redneck farmer

    I saw those commercials, but some (this compilation is from the 1970's - 1980's) have a lot of women in them, more than I remember.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkwSbamEbqE

    From the NYT article:

    "In a military increasingly dependent on women, and particularly Black women..."

    I hope Biden picks his wars carefully. Just for contrast, here's how our most likely real opponent recruits soldiers using video. China's People's Liberation Army.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTY3seeImcU

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @Redneck farmer


    So are they going to bring back the 80s recruitment slogan, “Be all that you can be”?
     
    Or maybe Bill Murray's slogan from Stripes: "We're all Mutants!"

    https://youtu.be/YXjqTyQuq4w

    Replies: @George

    , @Oscar Peterson
    @Redneck farmer

    Actually, the more relevant Army recruiting slogan fiasco is the early aughts "Army of One" ("I am an Army of One") slogan which replaced "Be All You Can Be."

    Twenty years ago, the then Army G-1 told the mid-career officers attending the Command and General Staff College class of 2001 that those who thought "Army of One" was a terrible way to frame Army service and, ultimately, to attract recruits, "just don't get it."

    It was abandoned after a few years in 2006. Typical Army knee jerk reaction to whatever appears to be the current Zeitgeist.

    The US Army will eventually be unusable because of its weak morale, exacerbated by the endless diversity-fetishism and the continuing erosion of our tech advantages that have compensated for its shaky fighting spirit in the past.

  2. • Replies: @ic1000
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Breaking News -- Acting Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and iSteve Content Generator Victoria Nuland has been seconded to the U.S. Army as a Special Envoy. At this writing, she is en route to Beijing to instruct her Chinese counterpart on the hair and grooming regulations that the PLA is to adopt.

    , @Dmon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Perhaps they could implement something similar to their highly successful initiative to increase the representation of women in the tech industry.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/chinese-tech-companies-hire-office-cheerleaders-to-motivate-programmers-1.3202020
    https://i.cbc.ca/1.3202448.1440459274!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_780/programming-cheerleaders.jpg

    , @El Dato
    @JohnnyWalker123

    China is not wrong!

    , @Nona
    @JohnnyWalker123

    What?

    YOu must be talking about Taiwan.

    Communist China has ALWAYS made military service of both male and female COMPULSARY. And women, also, have to train in weapon skills and
    survival. There is getting out of this. NO excuse.

  3. The most recent grooming changes were recommended by a panel of 10 Black women, four white women, one Hispanic woman, one Hispanic man and one Black man drawn from both low- and high-ranking soldiers.

    Interesting ratio…..

    • Replies: @Discordiax
    @syonredux

    That reflects who the old policies chafed.
    They figured out workable rules for white women's hair rather quickly. It was tougher to figure out black hair--whats practical was pretty easy. What's too look-at-me, what's not.

    , @AndrewR
    @syonredux

    Human linguistic limitations prevent me from being able to fully express my hatred for this wretched empire in written form.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

  4. The Russians no doubt find this all highly amusing.

    • LOL: Old and Grumpy
    • Replies: @AndrewR
    @Icy Blast

    At this point, I am pretty sure that almost every nation on earth is more serious than the US. It would be hilarious to read about all this in a work of fiction. Maybe it's necessary to laugh about this anyway. The alternatives are not any more productive.

    , @Ragno
    @Icy Blast

    Never interfere with your enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself.

    The only remaining question is who gets to plant their flag here first. Hunter Biden has accepted payoffs from both major players, signifying his dad's viability to throwing it up to the highest bidder; but Team Shmuel may have tipped their hand early on. Putin has paid a surprising amount of lip service to Russia's one true friend in the Middle East, but he should've known enough to realize that when you snatch your nation away from the predatory talons of Jewish oligarchs, they're going to use their global propaganda machine - i.e., the "news" media - to demonize you nonstop. (If only he'd agreed to divvy up the country with them, they'd still be piping that dumb Sting song through shopping-mall PA systems every Christmas.)

    As for the Asian tiger, sure they're ruthless and inscrutable....but so what? If the whole thing goes kablooey, it'll be kids named Williams & Johnson, crucifix necklaces a-dangling, who'll do the bleeding and dying; the Jewish (and, by now, culturally-Jewish) Deep State will see to that.

  5. It shows that the Army is recognizing we can be soldiers and still be ourselves

    Literally the whole point of professional military training is teaching you to be a soldier and not ‘yourself’.

    Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’.

    • Agree: ScarletNumber, J.Ross
    • Replies: @By-tor
    @Altai

    That's right. The Russians in the above Victory Day parade should really fear the US' divisive, plump yet diverse brigades of Demetriuses, Obijjimaynes, Fatimas, and Shon'Tales with their hair issues, and the recent aggressive policies to weed out white supremacy and rectify systemic sexism, homophobia, transgender discrimination and racism in all branches.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Guest29048

    , @Not Raul
    @Altai


    Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’.
     
    What percentage of soldiers are front line?

    I would imagine that it’s lower than it used to be.

    I’m aware that the demographics of front line infantry are quite different from the demographics of the Adjutant General's Corps.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @dvorak

    , @Old and Grumpy
    @Altai

    I'd prefer the US military home and doing pretty marching instead of being on some frontline for globohomo. Besides enjoying the pretty march video for some inexplicable reason, I didn't see too many hefty participants. Can't even say that about the National Guard in DC, who by the way doesn't do pretty marches. They should just for the exercise.

    , @Mike Tre
    @Altai

    The military is transitioning into little more than a mobilized and mechanized welfare state.

    , @Bill H
    @Altai

    I cannot speak for the Army, although based on the appearance of those wandering hatless wearing fatigue uniforms in public certainly would seem to belie your confidence, the Navy's proclivity for colliding with cargo ships is without question a testimony to the falsity of your assumption with respect to our Navy.

    , @Polistra
    @Altai


    I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional
     
    No idea where you got that notion. But on the topic of female empowerment, can you imagine if the Speaker of the House were a man and--when confronted with two successive female presidents--demanded that they each surrender the nuclear launch codes to him?

    How might our vaunted MSM respond to that? "Yo go gurrl?"

    , @Anon
    @Altai

    "Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’. "

    I think the person who said that quote has been watching watching too many movies about WW2. The real truth is that the modern US military is like some of the old TV military comedies like Bilko, Gomer Pyle, or McHale's Navy. The US military is a joke and the only thing that gives them power is their fancy push button weapons of destruction. The government knows that there is little chance of them actually ever getting into an infantry war so they keep this clown show going to placate the uppity negroes who can't do anything of any value for the military or society in general so it's kept as a babysitting service to take pressure off the jails. If the US military ever had to go face-to-face in a land based infantry war with a real army like the Russians or the Chinese, their motley collection of obese blacks, trannies, and lesbians would be annihilated in the first hour of battle.

    Replies: @Buck Ransom, @Resartus, @Alden

    , @Rapparee
    @Altai

    A lot of this touchy-feely crud doesn’t seem to fly on the combat arms side of things; life is different amongst POGs. Infantry culture, I am told by the 11Bs of my acquaintance, is still relatively meritocratic; you’re mostly judged on your competence, and if you get chewed out, it’s generally assumed you were a dumba**, not the victim of racist discrimination. Combat units apparently push back against some of this political pressure. That’s very much no longer the case for most non-combat specialties, though, at least from what I hear. Not an expert here, though, so anyone who knows more feel free to chime in.

  6. The military has developed an especially outsize reliance on Black women

    China and Russia are doomed.

    P.S. Shouldn’t it read “a reliance on outsized Black women”?

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Dumbo

    That's why American tanks are M1A1 sized and have a gas turbine.

    , @AndrewR
    @Dumbo

    I know the NYT's standards have slipped in recent years, but I can't recall seeing an outright typo before. How hard is it to get one person to proofread every single non-breaking article??

    , @Charles St. Charles
    @Dumbo

    A lot of people don’t realize that most jobs in the Army are not direct combat specialties. There are lots and lots of support positions that are basically administrative paper pushers, form fillers, and Human Resources-type desk jobs. These jobs are overwhelmingly held by bLACK Wahmuns. A lot of them exceed the Army’s weight standards - somehow they often seem to escape the mandatory discharge that should result from chronic obesity. Going to one of these support offices is a lot like going to the DMV, only with uniforms.

    In my experience, when bLACK Wahmuns in the Army don’t get their way or when someone doesn’t think they’re “all that” and show them the proper deference or they don’t get promoted, they go straight to the racism card. Their level of self-reflection and personal responsibility is often very low.

    Maybe the hair regulations will make them feel a little better about themselves... being oppressed and all...

    For a couple of years, I worked in Army recruiting. It seemed like we spent an inordinate amount trying to obtain waivers for bLACK male potential recruits because of criminal convictions.

    , @Alden
    @Dumbo

    Godzilla girl reminds me of half the district attorneys and public defenders in every criminal courthouse in California. Only 5 percent of the population but 80 percent of the public sector jobs.

    , @njguy73
    @Dumbo

    Maybe the military should be recruiting white women. Get them to storm into other countries, demanding to speak to the manager.

    , @Hamlet's Ghost
    @Dumbo

    Actually it's the other way around.

    Black women are overwhelmingly dependent on the army to give them a steady paycheck and outstanding benefits, including that golden ring of retirement after putting in 20 years sitting on their asses all day.

    The US armed services are one of the biggest, most bloated welfare agencies in the government.

    Replies: @AceDeuce

    , @Oscar Peterson
    @Dumbo

    Looks like something that should be dropped by a B-52.

    Talk about a weapon of mass destruction!

    , @BB753
    @Dumbo

    Please! Sassy obese black women with 'tude and 3 kids out of wedlock are the backbone of our economy and society, the very fabric of civilization! They even got us to the moon, you bigot!

  7. The military was one area in American life that had perhaps the best record on race relations and minority success. I wouldn’t count on it to invade Grenada within a couple years.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    @John Milton’s Ghost

    Or even spell 'Grenada'.

    , @AceDeuce
    @John Milton’s Ghost

    I went in the 70s. The American military has been fooked since 'Nam. Because negro and because women.

    , @Mike Tre
    @John Milton’s Ghost

    It depends, have they opened a Popeye's Chicken on Grenada?

    , @Hibernian
    @John Milton’s Ghost

    During the Grenada invasion Army officers communicated with each other from telephone booths with calling cards. The Marines' regular communications network worked OK and they didn't need to do this.

    Replies: @Corn

  8. Diversity and ponytails don’t win wars. But what do I know? Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.

    • Replies: @Discordiax
    @BB753

    If there's s problem there though, it's not a factor of whether they're in half-inch box braids or quarter-inch box braids.

    , @res
    @BB753


    Diversity and ponytails don’t win wars.
     
    It will be interesting to see what happens to all of this if we ever again have a war which is perceived as an existential threat.

    Replies: @rebel yell, @Desiderius, @Neuday, @Dr. X

    , @Mr. Anon
    @BB753


    Diversity and ponytails don’t win wars. But what do I know? Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.
     
    Remember, according to the Geneva Convention, a prisoner of war is only required to divulge the following information to his captors:

    Name, Rank, and Prounous

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    , @Alice in Wonderland
    @BB753

    "Diversity and ponytails don’t win wars. But what do I know? Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield."

    The only thing better than putting all of the above on the front line would be putting all of the ivy league students, parents and professors on the front line. They wouldn't last long, but that is kinda the point.

    , @Known Fact
    @BB753

    The Dysmorphic Dozen -- coming to theaters this fall!

    , @Hypnotoad666
    @BB753


    Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.
     
    Maybe the Army could make "Social Justice Warrior" into a literal thing. I don't know if they had a tranny corps, but the Greeks (of course) had gay special forces.

    The Sacred Band was an elite military unit from Thebes comprising 150 gay couples. At the Battle of Leuctra in 371 BC, these 300 gay warriors led the Theban army against the Spartan army. The Thebans won and shattered the Spartan control of Greece.

    The Thebans believed gay warriors fought better in order to impress and protect their lovers. If a lover fell during a battle, his partner would fight even harder to avenge his death. https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/sacred-band-of-thebes-4d3ae20987ec
     

    Replies: @CCZ, @BB753

    , @Nona2
    @BB753

    Then they wouldn’t be women, would they?

  9. This also raises the question of so much hierarchy in the military, why not have a flat command structure?

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Altai

    There was a science-fiction story about that

    New Model Army by Adam Roberts.

    , @Felix Krull
    @Altai

    Thanks for the link.

    The best sketch is the one immediately after, where some flunkie berates the prime minister for not having put his mug in the dishwasher. So on the nose.

  10. “It’s a matter of national defense,” Ms. Germano said. “We just don’t have enough male candidates to do the job.”

    If it was a matter of national defense you would have a draft instead of letting girls play army.

    • LOL: AndrewR, Polistra
    • Replies: @unit472
    @ScarletNumber

    I actually think this is a good thing. They might relax men's hair rules as well. It might help recruit more 18-21 year old males. I don't mean Islamo style beards or Led Zeppelin style locks but dispense with the buzz cut for recruits and strict regulation length ( short). My guess is this 'look' came about in the First World War where head lice became an issue and the development of electric clippers that allowed for the 15 second haircut.

    What concerns me is the number of women in our active duty and NG ranks. 127.000 is too high. Women are not as versatile as men. To be deployed to a combat zone every soldier needs to be convertible to a basic infantry soldier able to carry a machine gun with 600+ rounds of ammo AND a couple of, e.g. 81mm mortar rounds or some other piece of equipment above and beyond their standard kit and carry it for miles on foot. Women just can't do that.

    Replies: @Tony massey, @Tony massey

    , @Altai
    @ScarletNumber

    The happiest best run liberal countries in the world all have national service. All of Scandinavia, Switzerland and Germany too until 2010. The two countries with the most to boast about, Denmark and Finland also have the most intensive conscription.

    Finland:


    According to Finnish Defence Forces 2011 data slightly under 80% of Finnish males turned 30 had entered and finished the military service. The number of female volunteers to annually enter armed service had stabilized at approximately 300.
     
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/Suomalainen_sotilasvala.jpg

    This is why antifa are so stupid. They want beyond social democracy, they want socialism but also hate social solidarity and sense of social obligation. In reality the more you expect of society, the more society also expects from you. It's a social contract stupid. In a real communist society the types of people who make up antifa would be condemned, rightfully, as social defecting malcontents. The only society these people can live their preferred life in is ironically a neoliberal one which they rail against.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @ic1000, @Desiderius, @Guest

    , @El Dato
    @ScarletNumber

    Drafts are useless.

    What do you want to do with draftees except protect the rear? (Which will be nuked to smithereens)

    They got blown to hell and high heaven already in Vietnam, if they didn't frag the sarge.

    They won't even have a time to think OH SHIT in the age of SKY TERMINATOR running Linux on a Raspberry Pi with a missile on the USB port.

    What happened to the movie version of Haldeman's "Forever War" btw?




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  11. The Army is just another branch of the public sector.

    What do we expect? It frankly surprises me that this has taken so long.
    Luckily for the girls and their hair styles the regular army don’t fight wars. That is left to the Empire’s proxies and if needed the southern boys in the special forces.

    • Agree: LondonBob, Polistra
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Intensifier

    It really does sound indistinguishable from any local government agency at this point.

    , @Thomas
    @Intensifier


    That is left to the Empire’s proxies and if needed the southern boys in the special forces.
     
    I wonder how many of those boys are going to be enlisting in the future. The stories I hear from currently serving White men keep getting worse. And the Army is supposedly threatening to take action against anyone who posted a Pepe on Facebook in 2016.

    Replies: @JMcG, @El Dato

  12. “It’s a matter of national defence, we just don’t have enough male candidates to do the job”.

    ????

    Surely, that statement in itself undermines the whole notion of ‘gender equality’ in the military, which, of course, is predicated on the idea that there is no difference between males and females.

  13. Do buns have to be tight? How about less tight buns? That would solve the (imaginary) hair loss epidemic.

    • Replies: @Kylie
    @Anon

    "Do buns have to be tight? How about less tight buns? That would solve the (imaginary) hair loss epidemic."

    When young, I had very thick, very fine long hair. Hairdressers always commented that putting it up must give me a headache. (It did.) My hair wouldn't stay up in anything other than a tight bun.

    That said, if I'd wanted to join the army, I would have been willing to cut it short.

    This whole hideous fandango is just so typical of what happens when women are allowed to dictate policy in the public sphere. I'll just leave it at that.

    , @Alden
    @Anon

    For years I wore my hair secured in a tight ponytail with the hair sectioned and twisted into various styles of buns. No hair loss whatsoever. It’s still extra thick.

    An army of black women. Words fail. What about the height weight standards? There’s so few 5’4 5’6 black women less than 180 200 pounds. There’s 2 at my local post office about 5’5 250 pounds. They have to stand all day as they don’t fit on those little stools.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @J.Ross

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Anon


    Do buns have to be tight? How about less tight buns?
     
    Our Army now has the most expansive buns in the world.



    https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/black-soldier-woman-standing-next-to-armored-missile-vehicle-black-soldier-woman-105982812.jpg


    Military preparedness:



    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/be/c8/40/bec840bafca62ddf5be1fdf70fe2521c.jpg

    Replies: @El Dato, @Bill Jones

  14. @Altai

    It shows that the Army is recognizing we can be soldiers and still be ourselves
     
    Literally the whole point of professional military training is teaching you to be a soldier and not 'yourself'.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5-dkvfJfWI

    Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I'd say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it's not because they can 'be themselves'.

    Replies: @By-tor, @Not Raul, @Old and Grumpy, @Mike Tre, @Bill H, @Polistra, @Anon, @Rapparee

    That’s right. The Russians in the above Victory Day parade should really fear the US’ divisive, plump yet diverse brigades of Demetriuses, Obijjimaynes, Fatimas, and Shon’Tales with their hair issues, and the recent aggressive policies to weed out white supremacy and rectify systemic sexism, homophobia, transgender discrimination and racism in all branches.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
    @By-tor

    Coupled with the flourishing of the Sodomite Section (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/10/us/men-military-sexual-assault.html), I'm sure that the Russians are shaking in their boots at the news that The Big Red One (Motto" No Mission Too Difficult. No Sacrifice Too Great. Duty First!) has been replaced by the Limber Lilac No. Two.

    , @Guest29048
    @By-tor

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=78ICiQKdO-Q

    Oh for the days of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: "I am hard, but I am fair! There is no racial bigotry here! [ . . . ] Here you are all equally worthless!"

    --the Snow Dog

  15. • Replies: @Whiskey
    @JohnnyWalker123

    One of the things Covid panic has done is shut down bars, live performances, coffee shops etc. where a dude could be possibly not in the top 10% of looks and social status and still pull girls by charisma, charm, accomplishment (singing, playing an instrument) etc.

    So its now all online, all the time. We have shifted dramatically, in just a few years, where pretty much most young men are doomed to be incels. The amount of hostility this is already breeding among young men towards women is likely to transform society as well.

    The West was built on White homogeneity, the nuclear family, rule of law, and a relatively small but efficient state to deliver national defense. None of that applies and while there are any number of reactionary fantasies that can never happen, the actual building of what replaces Western society is still up in the air.

    What are the 90% of men out of the top 10% in looks and status going to do? Who will be their social group, their leaders, what will their attitudes be? I think out of all of the writers, thinkers, etc. Robert E. Howard likely captured the future best. The future will not just be pre-modern, but pre-Antiquity. Barbarian.


  16. I think this hairstyle change reinstates what was permitted along time ago. But still, I have qualms that maybe on a subconscious psychological level, fluffy hair permeates-out to create a fluffy mental state. As the old saying goes, there’s a reason why “no trespassing” signs are not written in wedding-invitation script. Making your bed in the morning is a big deal in the military (at least it used to be) because you start out the day with the right mindset. So now it’s: make your bed, put on your lipstick, do your hair?

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    @SafeNow

    "Now I had heard the WACS recruited old maids for the war,

    "But Mommy isn't one of those, I've known her all these years..."

  17. Aww, how nice to know the soldierettes can breastfeed any time and place–“hey Annette, cover us while we take out that machine gun nest!” “Shhh, quiet assholes, can’t you see I’m feeding little Antwonichus!”

    Of course, “Annette” joined the service as Andrew but demanded his pecker be replaced by a fake vagina. And it’s “chestfeeding” and “people who menstruate,” you cretins.

    But, the good news is that this simply opens up job opportunities for our mercenary forces, who will do the real dirty work of terrorizing civilians in far-off lands, while the investors rake in the cash.

  18. @Altai

    It shows that the Army is recognizing we can be soldiers and still be ourselves
     
    Literally the whole point of professional military training is teaching you to be a soldier and not 'yourself'.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5-dkvfJfWI

    Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I'd say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it's not because they can 'be themselves'.

    Replies: @By-tor, @Not Raul, @Old and Grumpy, @Mike Tre, @Bill H, @Polistra, @Anon, @Rapparee

    Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’.

    What percentage of soldiers are front line?

    I would imagine that it’s lower than it used to be.

    I’m aware that the demographics of front line infantry are quite different from the demographics of the Adjutant General’s Corps.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Not Raul

    My impression is that a higher fraction of military personnel hear shots fired in anger now than during much of the Cold War when a huge fraction of the military was waiting around for WWIII in Europe. E.g., my cousin got drafted during Vietnam and sent overseas, but his duty was typing at the NATO headquarters in Venice. He commuted to work in a gondola.

    Replies: @RickinJax, @Tony massey, @Matt Buckalew

    , @dvorak
    @Not Raul


    What percentage of soldiers are front line?

    I would imagine that it’s lower than it used to be.
     
    Mattis, before he was tapped by Trump, spent money and time on "lethality programs" to improve the infantry.

    Under Mattis' directive, the military is developing new technologies and weapons for accomplishing the close-combat mission. But squad and platoon tactics haven't changed in a century, according to retired Marine Lt. Col. Joseph L'Etoile, head of the Pentagon's Close Combat Lethality Task Force (CCLTF).
     
    https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/02/13/mattis-may-be-gone-his-effort-revolutionize-infantry-continues.html
  19. The military has developed an especially outsize reliance on Black women

    You’re sailing close to the wind, sir. Very close indeed.

  20. @Altai
    This also raises the question of so much hierarchy in the military, why not have a flat command structure?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8_7yPocGPg&t=1m0s

    Replies: @El Dato, @Felix Krull

    There was a science-fiction story about that

    New Model Army by Adam Roberts.

  21. This is starting to sound like Ignatius J. Reilly’s plan for world peace: have fashioned-obsessed homosexual men take over all the armies of the world and compete only at throwing the best fancy dress balls.

    Yep. That Reilly was a genius, and the world really is a Confederacy of Dunces. Thanks.

  22. This country is finished

  23. ‘This is starting to sound like Ignatius J. Reilly’s plan for world peace: have fashioned-obsessed homosexual men take over all the armies of the world and compete only at throwing the best fancy dress balls.”

    The ‘outsize reliance’ on black ladies (does the new, cool army do double entendre?) also pushes the modern military encounter back towards those of the Aztecs before Cortes showed them grooming alone was not going to cut it. Ie theatrical ‘events’ – ‘flowery wars’ – between well-wardrobed and -coiffured representatives of each tribe , the result decided on some aesthetic scale of points. All cemented by the ritual sacrifice of some of the losers atop a pyramid by the winners. I presume the US army is working on that last bit.

  24. @Not Raul
    @Altai


    Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’.
     
    What percentage of soldiers are front line?

    I would imagine that it’s lower than it used to be.

    I’m aware that the demographics of front line infantry are quite different from the demographics of the Adjutant General's Corps.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @dvorak

    My impression is that a higher fraction of military personnel hear shots fired in anger now than during much of the Cold War when a huge fraction of the military was waiting around for WWIII in Europe. E.g., my cousin got drafted during Vietnam and sent overseas, but his duty was typing at the NATO headquarters in Venice. He commuted to work in a gondola.

    • Replies: @RickinJax
    @Steve Sailer

    A few years ago a retired General wrote an article entitled “8, 80, and 2.” Eight is the percentage of US Army and Marines who are Infantry. Eighty is the percentage of casualties in all our wars since 1945 that have fallen upon that eight per cent. Two is the per of the DOD R&D budget devoted to things that will aid the infantry.

    , @Tony massey
    @Steve Sailer

    I doubt anymore than 3% since ww2 have been trigger pullers.
    I served during, "be all you can be", "army of one", and what i like to call, " soldiers of the sand".
    It's a sensible policy.
    2 of the best soldiers I've ever known were chicks. Shout out to ski and Mel.
    OT...i just have to get this out there. I fucked about 50 Army chicks, 1 Marine and 1 sailor. Good times fellas. Good times.
    And, yes, i was a much bigger whore than they.
    Let them wear their hair the way they want.
    Truly, imo, be it ever so humble, bitches are more ruthless than the schlongs that are always trying to get in their bdu's.
    What i wouldn't give to go back.
    That's especially true for you Stacey, wherever you may be. Hmm...oh, that Stacey.
    Let'em wear their hair the way they want. And, fuck it, put them behind the trigger. Just takes heart.
    And anyone that feels differently...go fuck yourself.

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    , @Matt Buckalew
    @Steve Sailer

    Well yea that’s because it was a Cold War. The trends in the US military have been entirely towards smaller and smaller front line units that pack and bigger and bigger punch per soldier.

  25. @ScarletNumber

    “It’s a matter of national defense,” Ms. Germano said. “We just don’t have enough male candidates to do the job.”
     
    If it was a matter of national defense you would have a draft instead of letting girls play army.

    Replies: @unit472, @Altai, @El Dato

    I actually think this is a good thing. They might relax men’s hair rules as well. It might help recruit more 18-21 year old males. I don’t mean Islamo style beards or Led Zeppelin style locks but dispense with the buzz cut for recruits and strict regulation length ( short). My guess is this ‘look’ came about in the First World War where head lice became an issue and the development of electric clippers that allowed for the 15 second haircut.

    What concerns me is the number of women in our active duty and NG ranks. 127.000 is too high. Women are not as versatile as men. To be deployed to a combat zone every soldier needs to be convertible to a basic infantry soldier able to carry a machine gun with 600+ rounds of ammo AND a couple of, e.g. 81mm mortar rounds or some other piece of equipment above and beyond their standard kit and carry it for miles on foot. Women just can’t do that.

    • Replies: @Tony massey
    @unit472

    You're pretty much wrong. I'm guessing you never served.
    The best officer i ever knew was a woman. She was a straight up cunt that would probably take your ass out. Gina was fucking fierce. Absolutely not to be fucked with.
    The best recruiting tool for young men...come get some pussy. If you can't get laid in the military i don't know what to think about ya. Chicks are giving it out.
    Must be the testerone.
    Everyone was fucking everyone.

    Replies: @unit472

    , @Tony massey
    @unit472

    And no soldier(male,anyway) wants to deal with hair.
    They should ease up on facial hair.
    When i first went in i couldn't grow anything but fuzz. If my face wasn't bleeding it meant i hadn't shaved that day and i got called out.
    Of course, my original cadre was all Nam vets and about 3/4 of them had a piece of metal in them.
    I hated shaving everyday.
    Now...the 1st thing i do in the morning is piss...then i shave.
    I don't really give a fuck if some looks like Charlie Daniels. Go for it. Beards are cool.
    I served a tdy with the French foreign Legion. Alot of those guys had beards. What's wrong with that?

  26. Any guidance for the correct use of Gorilla Glue in military grooming?

  27. @ScarletNumber

    “It’s a matter of national defense,” Ms. Germano said. “We just don’t have enough male candidates to do the job.”
     
    If it was a matter of national defense you would have a draft instead of letting girls play army.

    Replies: @unit472, @Altai, @El Dato

    The happiest best run liberal countries in the world all have national service. All of Scandinavia, Switzerland and Germany too until 2010. The two countries with the most to boast about, Denmark and Finland also have the most intensive conscription.

    Finland:

    According to Finnish Defence Forces 2011 data slightly under 80% of Finnish males turned 30 had entered and finished the military service. The number of female volunteers to annually enter armed service had stabilized at approximately 300.


    This is why antifa are so stupid. They want beyond social democracy, they want socialism but also hate social solidarity and sense of social obligation. In reality the more you expect of society, the more society also expects from you. It’s a social contract stupid. In a real communist society the types of people who make up antifa would be condemned, rightfully, as social defecting malcontents. The only society these people can live their preferred life in is ironically a neoliberal one which they rail against.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer, Mr. Anon
    • Thanks: El Dato
    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    @Altai


    The only society these people can live their preferred life in is ironically a neoliberal one which they rail against.
     
    Historically not quite right, but right even though. - Interesting paradox.

    What's new now is, that the Antifa in countries like Germany and the US slowly acquires client-status in the social state. The German Green Party and the party Die Linke have- with the help of the CDU and the FDP and the SPD - secured this in the German parliament. It's official now: Antifa is what we (the establishment) want and what we support.
    , @ic1000
    @Altai

    > This is why antifa are so stupid.

    Based on their accomplishments to date, they are the farthest thing from stupid.

    I missed the Sopranos episode where Tony struggles with the implications of Dr. Melfi's counsel: "You know, not everybody can be a crime boss!"

    Replies: @El Dato, @Ray Huffman, @Guest

    , @Desiderius
    @Altai


    real communist society
     
    This is your problem.
    , @Guest
    @Altai

    No one needs “social democracy” to have a sense of solidarity and obligation. We used to have that in this country.

    What an absolutely absurd state of affairs that people can confuse such things with a very specific type of political and economic organization.

    Replies: @Jim Christian

  28. @John Milton’s Ghost
    The military was one area in American life that had perhaps the best record on race relations and minority success. I wouldn’t count on it to invade Grenada within a couple years.

    Replies: @Lurker, @AceDeuce, @Mike Tre, @Hibernian

    Or even spell ‘Grenada’.

  29. Basic theme of the year: Beyond Satire.

    • Agree: Charles St. Charles
  30. btw minor typo: “have fashioned-obsessed homosexual”

    sb fashion?

    Delete this or fix and don’t approve.

  31. @Altai
    @ScarletNumber

    The happiest best run liberal countries in the world all have national service. All of Scandinavia, Switzerland and Germany too until 2010. The two countries with the most to boast about, Denmark and Finland also have the most intensive conscription.

    Finland:


    According to Finnish Defence Forces 2011 data slightly under 80% of Finnish males turned 30 had entered and finished the military service. The number of female volunteers to annually enter armed service had stabilized at approximately 300.
     
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/Suomalainen_sotilasvala.jpg

    This is why antifa are so stupid. They want beyond social democracy, they want socialism but also hate social solidarity and sense of social obligation. In reality the more you expect of society, the more society also expects from you. It's a social contract stupid. In a real communist society the types of people who make up antifa would be condemned, rightfully, as social defecting malcontents. The only society these people can live their preferred life in is ironically a neoliberal one which they rail against.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @ic1000, @Desiderius, @Guest

    The only society these people can live their preferred life in is ironically a neoliberal one which they rail against.

    Historically not quite right, but right even though. – Interesting paradox.

    What’s new now is, that the Antifa in countries like Germany and the US slowly acquires client-status in the social state. The German Green Party and the party Die Linke have- with the help of the CDU and the FDP and the SPD – secured this in the German parliament. It’s official now: Antifa is what we (the establishment) want and what we support.

  32. Presented without commentary:

    Russia

    China

    North Korea

    USA

    and their future officer corps

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    @The Alarmist

    You left out the Israeli army.

    https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg/1024px-Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Skylark Thibedeau, @Rahan, @Jim Bob Lassiter, @Buzz Mohawk, @Mike Tre

    , @Skylark Thibedeau
    @The Alarmist

    Why aren't the overweight biotches upset that they are forced to dress in Confederate Uniforms at West Point?

    , @unit472
    @The Alarmist

    My god, half of those female negro West Point Cadets are already overweight. I guess physical standards as well as academic ones now must be 'race normed'.

    , @AndrewR
    @The Alarmist

    We wuz souljahz n sheeet

    For real though, all of those photos are disgusting and signs of deep civilizational rot. Women have no place in a military, let alone in a military parade.

    , @Corn
    @The Alarmist

    We’re f—-ed

    , @Alden
    @The Alarmist

    The Chinese uniforms look like drum majorette outfits for 12-14 year olds. Or Barbie doll outfits. The Americans look like they’re dressed for janitor work at least.

    I like the red and white Barbie uniforms best. I’d change the color of the rifles to royal blue. Red and black is just too harsh and masculine a color combo. Personal opinion is the Chinese women are all extras from all those Chinese historical films featuring hundreds of pretty girls in the Emperors palace.

    There’s a big fuss up in the Japanese state school system about hair. The rule is absolutely straight and dead black. No waves fluffiness or sun streaks. Japanese state schools have very strict clothing rules. Cuffs or no cuffs on pants is another big deal.

    , @nebulafox
    @The Alarmist

    https://images.app.goo.gl/Gh7Yno2oyiAoigsr5

    , @Wade Hampton
    @The Alarmist

    The Russian gals and the Red Chinese look nice. The Americans, no comment.

    I was surprised at how unappealing the Nork chicks are. I would have thought they would have all looked like K-pop girls.

    , @CCZ
    @The Alarmist

    West Point Rules Black Power Salute Cadet Photo Was Not Political

    https://secureservercdn.net/166.62.112.150/1b5.3c5.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/f8d2b660-5503-4f6a-95ec-d071a1719deb.jpg

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dont-punish-west-point-cadets-for-raising-their-fists-in-pride/2016/05/09/1724667c-160c-11e6-924d-838753295f9a_story.html

  33. Anon[367] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    Why is the _Washington Post_ covering a non-local crime story about a black guy convicted of cocaine possession and dealing getting an early release and killing a local white woman?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/02/24/oklahoma-murder-neighbor-cook-heart/

    There are no photos, so the races are obscured. _The Daily Mail_ version has photos:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9294833/Oklahoma-triple-murder-suspect-cut-neighbors-heart-COOKED-it.html

    Apparently even the _Washington Post_ couldn’t pass up the click bait of a guy cutting out his victim’s heart and eating it.

    Which makes me wonder about his cocaine conviction. Prosecutors are in the habit of trying to close out cases without a trial by using a plea deal. They often will drop the most serious charges in exchange for a guilty plea for a more minor charge, plus jail time. Now with inmates being released early for Covid or reparations reasons, as this guy was, the people who later make the release decisions may not really know what the criminal did. Why do I have a feeling that this guy’s crime was something more serious than cocaine possession?

    • Replies: @CCZ
    @Anon

    "Anderson was first sentenced to prison in Oklahoma in 2006 for four years for attacking his girlfriend, pointing a gun at her and possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, records show. He was out in less than two years.

    He went back to prison in 2012 to serve a 15-year sentence for selling crack cocaine near an elementary school in Chickasha. He also was ordered to spend 20 years on probation after his release. He was out in less than five years and four months.

    He was sent back to prison in December 2017 to serve 20 more years when a judge both revoked his probation in full and sentenced him for new crimes.

    His probation violations included testing positive for PCP and cocaine use. His new crimes involved having a gun and sneaking PCP into jail."

    Source:

    https://oklahoman.com/article/5682165/chickasha-triple-murder-suspect-was-released-last-month-after-serving-3-years-of-a-20-year-prison-sentence

  34. Sounds as if the military, like the Post Office, the airport, the DMV, etc. is becoming just another jobs program for Shaniqua, who is unemployable in the private sector.

    • Agree: By-tor, Clyde
  35. Do East Asian women just tend to smile less than Caucasian women? The Chinese ladies (a mom and daughters) at a local Asian convenience store are not unfriendly, but definitely have serious expressions when I interact with them; they’re not smile-y people.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-08/01/content_26293807_3.htm

    • Agree: Guest29048
    • Replies: @El Dato
    @PiltdownMan

    Maybe it's the same thing:

    https://understandrussia.com/russians-dont-smile/


    Smiling/laughing at others is not polite; ability to smile/joke at yourself on the contrary is a socially positive trait. However, it is very important not to smile/laugh all the time, otherwise you may get a reputation of being a clown and people will not treat you seriously. A good laugh is good, but when it comes to business or other serious stuff – “leave jokes aside”.
     
    , @Jonathan Mason
    @PiltdownMan

    Have you tried tickling them?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    , @The Alarmist
    @PiltdownMan


    Do East Asian women just tend to smile less than Caucasian women? The Chinese ladies (a mom and daughters) at a local Asian convenience store are not unfriendly, but definitely have serious expressions when I interact with them; they’re not smile-y people.
     
    Perhaps you need to up your game ;)

    Replies: @Nona

    , @Marquis
    @PiltdownMan

    Same Asian cultures think it unseemly to show their teeth, at least exceedingly so. That’s why they often cover their mouth when they laugh.

    , @J.Ross
    @PiltdownMan

    Some men just want to talk in a library.
    --------
    A Korean grocery I've been to has an adorable idea. They advertise little community things and business, half the flyers and cards in hangul. In front of the cash register is a business card for a martial arts school. You see the portrait of the Mistress, look back at the cashier (who is probably the owner), and it's the same woman.

    , @nebulafox
    @PiltdownMan

    I don't think it it a white/Asian divide, strictly speaking: Eastern Europeans are no less reserved around strangers, and Austro-Polynesians (Indonesians, Filipinos) are notoriously smile happy. The real reason probably is that ladies aren't wholly Americanized.

    I think it is more that Americans smile a lot in general. And part of this is sex: women are socially conditioned to smile more than men, and we implicitly expect that-when I was younger, I didn't really appreciate how much pressure women felt to hide their true feelings. In Malay/Indonesian/Filipino culture, as it turns out, showing your true emotions is considered uncouth and immature, no matter who you are, so they'll keep it hidden behind a placid smile. I suppose when you combine that with English skills, that's why the service industry really likes Filipinas.

    , @Anon
    @PiltdownMan

    I think East Asians and Amerindians are generally more taciturn, introverted, and reserved. While blacks are generally the most extroverted, gregarious, talkative. In the US, it's generally black service employees who are most eager and quick to strike up conversations, smile, laugh, etc. Whites are in between. There's also regional variation in the US, with blacks in the South for example tending to be more publicly jovial than blacks on the coasts or in the north.

    There is a cultural component as well. Russians for example generally don't smile in public:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_EjsofUPAE

    , @Sidney
    @PiltdownMan

    You're quite right about the Chinese interaction with others. They don't like a little gab session or a typical "hi, how you're doing?" They are generally a dour super serious lot. That's why I've learned to ignore them as I pass them because that's what they always do with me, a friendly white guy.

  36. @Steve Sailer
    @Not Raul

    My impression is that a higher fraction of military personnel hear shots fired in anger now than during much of the Cold War when a huge fraction of the military was waiting around for WWIII in Europe. E.g., my cousin got drafted during Vietnam and sent overseas, but his duty was typing at the NATO headquarters in Venice. He commuted to work in a gondola.

    Replies: @RickinJax, @Tony massey, @Matt Buckalew

    A few years ago a retired General wrote an article entitled “8, 80, and 2.” Eight is the percentage of US Army and Marines who are Infantry. Eighty is the percentage of casualties in all our wars since 1945 that have fallen upon that eight per cent. Two is the per of the DOD R&D budget devoted to things that will aid the infantry.

  37. @Dumbo

    The military has developed an especially outsize reliance on Black women
     
    China and Russia are doomed.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nxhDhHl1ShM/UZFFgG2lk8I/AAAAAAAAADg/lgQA1qwac6c/s320/sassy+black+woman.jpg

    P.S. Shouldn't it read "a reliance on outsized Black women"?

    Replies: @El Dato, @AndrewR, @Charles St. Charles, @Alden, @njguy73, @Hamlet's Ghost, @Oscar Peterson, @BB753

    That’s why American tanks are M1A1 sized and have a gas turbine.

  38. @PiltdownMan
    Do East Asian women just tend to smile less than Caucasian women? The Chinese ladies (a mom and daughters) at a local Asian convenience store are not unfriendly, but definitely have serious expressions when I interact with them; they're not smile-y people.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-08/01/content_26293807_3.htm

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jonathan Mason, @The Alarmist, @Marquis, @J.Ross, @nebulafox, @Anon, @Sidney

    Maybe it’s the same thing:

    https://understandrussia.com/russians-dont-smile/

    Smiling/laughing at others is not polite; ability to smile/joke at yourself on the contrary is a socially positive trait. However, it is very important not to smile/laugh all the time, otherwise you may get a reputation of being a clown and people will not treat you seriously. A good laugh is good, but when it comes to business or other serious stuff – “leave jokes aside”.

  39. It is time to call for an international treaty by which it is agreed that all wars will be fought by women only.

    They rules of engagement will also be amended to allow for battlefield day care and field salons, with combat only occurring between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

    Judging by the performance of the USA women on the soccer field, the USA will be undefeatable as our women are more masculine than anybody else’s, have better steroids, and will include many former men in their ranks, and even more important, none of our real men will be killed.

    Budgetary issues will be resolved by having wars sponsored by companies like Procter & Gamble and Vogue.

    • LOL: BB753
    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Jonathan Mason

    Treaties are meaningless and the ugliest woman who ever lived took for granted that she could rely on male servants (this is demonstrated every hour in our military).
    As always you are a troll.

    Replies: @El Dato

    , @Kylie
    @Jonathan Mason

    "It is time to call for an international treaty by which it is agreed that all wars will be fought by women only.

    They* rules of engagement will also be amended to allow for battlefield day care and field salons, with combat only occurring between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m."

    Well, you're making an effort to appease the distaff side, I'll give you that. But no choice of vegan rations? Holistic health care? Aromatherapy? Soap cutting?
    Etc. Working a full 6 hours without a break? No on-site nail and hair care?

    And since the periods of women living together tend to synchronize, there ciuld only be engagement three weeks out of each month.

    This doesn't even factor in communication with their friends and families back home to show how stalwart and self-sooth--I mean, self-sacrificing these women warriors are.

    * Presumably this is a nod to black grammar, Black women now being the backbone of our fighting forces.

    Replies: @Bel Riose

  40. @PiltdownMan
    Do East Asian women just tend to smile less than Caucasian women? The Chinese ladies (a mom and daughters) at a local Asian convenience store are not unfriendly, but definitely have serious expressions when I interact with them; they're not smile-y people.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-08/01/content_26293807_3.htm

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jonathan Mason, @The Alarmist, @Marquis, @J.Ross, @nebulafox, @Anon, @Sidney

    Have you tried tickling them?

    • LOL: PiltdownMan
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Jonathan Mason



    ...they’re not smile-y people.
     
    Have you tried tickling them?


     

    I'm sure the President has.

    Unless they're on the West Coast, where nobody bothered to campaign.
  41. Our peak strength in Vietnam was about 550,000 in, I think, 1969. There were about 110 battalions of infantry. Their Table of Organization strength was about 800 each. Actual strength in the field averaged fewer than 400.
    In Churchill’s The Second World War there is a passage where, railing against composition of personnel replacements, he says,” ….you can have the best engineers, the most competent Signallers, The finest hospitals, but there must still be a certain number of men engaged in killing the enemy with the weapons they hold in their hands. It is these of which we always run short.”

  42. @The Alarmist
    Presented without commentary:

    Russia

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2016/05/09/97394048_Russian-servicewomen-xlarge_trans++eo_i_u9APj8RuoebjoAHt0k9u7HhRJvuo-ZLenGRumA.jpg


    China

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/10/01/22/19175488-7526755-image-a-46_1569963726956.jpg


    North Korea

    https://images.newindianexpress.com/uploads/user/imagelibrary/2017/4/15/original/North_Korea_Founder_day_AFP_10.jpg


    USA


    http://www.calcasa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/military-women.jpg


    and their future officer corps

    https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2019_21/2870581/westpoint2_297fefad84b106a9d32a7402ab098e52.fit-760w.jpg

    Replies: @PiltdownMan, @Skylark Thibedeau, @unit472, @AndrewR, @Corn, @Alden, @nebulafox, @Wade Hampton, @CCZ

    You left out the Israeli army.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @PiltdownMan

    They’re not part of the Axis of Evil ... at least not the official one.

    I did try to find Iranians, but didn’t immediately find any females in uniform.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    , @Skylark Thibedeau
    @PiltdownMan

    I remember reading that the casualty rate for Combat units with women in 1948 and 1973 was 60% or more because the men would take great risks to protect or rescue wounded female comrades who would have been left behind if they were male.

    , @Rahan
    @PiltdownMan

    Cuba
    https://topwar.ru/uploads/posts/2014-05/thumbs/1401472158_armiya-kuby.jpg

    Japan
    https://topwar.ru/uploads/posts/2014-05/thumbs/1401473494_vvs-yaponii.jpg

    , @Jim Bob Lassiter
    @PiltdownMan

    One thing is parade dress uniforms, another is real combat fatigues with equipment and helmets.

    , @Buzz Mohawk
    @PiltdownMan

    What? That's just an average day on the Upper East Side.

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @PiltdownMan

    , @Mike Tre
    @PiltdownMan

    Lots of cankles in that photo.

  43. @ScarletNumber

    “It’s a matter of national defense,” Ms. Germano said. “We just don’t have enough male candidates to do the job.”
     
    If it was a matter of national defense you would have a draft instead of letting girls play army.

    Replies: @unit472, @Altai, @El Dato

    Drafts are useless.

    What do you want to do with draftees except protect the rear? (Which will be nuked to smithereens)

    They got blown to hell and high heaven already in Vietnam, if they didn’t frag the sarge.

    They won’t even have a time to think OH SHIT in the age of SKY TERMINATOR running Linux on a Raspberry Pi with a missile on the USB port.

    What happened to the movie version of Haldeman’s “Forever War” btw?

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  44. @By-tor
    @Altai

    That's right. The Russians in the above Victory Day parade should really fear the US' divisive, plump yet diverse brigades of Demetriuses, Obijjimaynes, Fatimas, and Shon'Tales with their hair issues, and the recent aggressive policies to weed out white supremacy and rectify systemic sexism, homophobia, transgender discrimination and racism in all branches.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Guest29048

    Coupled with the flourishing of the Sodomite Section (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/10/us/men-military-sexual-assault.html), I’m sure that the Russians are shaking in their boots at the news that The Big Red One (Motto” No Mission Too Difficult. No Sacrifice Too Great. Duty First!) has been replaced by the Limber Lilac No. Two.

  45. @PiltdownMan
    @The Alarmist

    You left out the Israeli army.

    https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg/1024px-Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Skylark Thibedeau, @Rahan, @Jim Bob Lassiter, @Buzz Mohawk, @Mike Tre

    They’re not part of the Axis of Evil … at least not the official one.

    I did try to find Iranians, but didn’t immediately find any females in uniform.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @The Alarmist


    I did try to find Iranians, but didn’t immediately find any females in uniform.
     
    The Flying Nun.......Islamic style:

    https://64.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3upk88pFT1r9khx4o1_400.jpg

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/4a/ab/ab/4aabab931c92b0a52ca376e391bfbc87.jpg

    Replies: @The Alarmist

  46. @PiltdownMan
    Do East Asian women just tend to smile less than Caucasian women? The Chinese ladies (a mom and daughters) at a local Asian convenience store are not unfriendly, but definitely have serious expressions when I interact with them; they're not smile-y people.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-08/01/content_26293807_3.htm

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jonathan Mason, @The Alarmist, @Marquis, @J.Ross, @nebulafox, @Anon, @Sidney

    Do East Asian women just tend to smile less than Caucasian women? The Chinese ladies (a mom and daughters) at a local Asian convenience store are not unfriendly, but definitely have serious expressions when I interact with them; they’re not smile-y people.

    Perhaps you need to up your game 😉

    • Replies: @Nona
    @The Alarmist

    The Russians do not smile every minute, either.

    And why do they have to?

    It's just the Americans that tour/visit these countries and INSIST everyone smile JUST like Americans. They want to impose their culture on everyone else. JSUT like they imposed Coke on other countries. They took away the cultural drinks, "chichas"- natural fresh, fruit juices in S. Amer. and Asia, and the yogurt drinks in Central Asia, to influence them to drink sodas.

    What's the Americans are doing in everything. Why do people have to smile at strangers, and for everything, like crazy people?

  47. The new rules allow short ponytails at all times, and long ponytails in combat

    See, if the British had done this in 1940 they would never have been forced to evacuate Dunkirk… they would have kicked some evil Not-zee ass right then and there…

  48. Montgomery remarked that in The War the only order he gave the Eighth Army about dress was that they should not wear top hats.

  49. @The Alarmist
    Presented without commentary:

    Russia

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2016/05/09/97394048_Russian-servicewomen-xlarge_trans++eo_i_u9APj8RuoebjoAHt0k9u7HhRJvuo-ZLenGRumA.jpg


    China

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/10/01/22/19175488-7526755-image-a-46_1569963726956.jpg


    North Korea

    https://images.newindianexpress.com/uploads/user/imagelibrary/2017/4/15/original/North_Korea_Founder_day_AFP_10.jpg


    USA


    http://www.calcasa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/military-women.jpg


    and their future officer corps

    https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2019_21/2870581/westpoint2_297fefad84b106a9d32a7402ab098e52.fit-760w.jpg

    Replies: @PiltdownMan, @Skylark Thibedeau, @unit472, @AndrewR, @Corn, @Alden, @nebulafox, @Wade Hampton, @CCZ

    Why aren’t the overweight biotches upset that they are forced to dress in Confederate Uniforms at West Point?

  50. So the Army is finally catching up with the Marines?

    americanwomenveterans.org/home/2010/12/03/i-was-a-woman-marine-trailblazer/

    We were issued a makeup kit with eye shadow, foundation, blush and lipstick and expected to wear it – in boot camp, in August, in Parris Island, South Carolina. Why I saved the make-up brushes that are now thirty-six years old, I simply do not know. It became a game of how long I could hang onto them. Well, I did use them for a good 20 years. Really. And they now are still in my make-up basket in my bathroom. The Marine Corps believes in quality.

    • Thanks: Not Only Wrathful
  51. @PiltdownMan
    Do East Asian women just tend to smile less than Caucasian women? The Chinese ladies (a mom and daughters) at a local Asian convenience store are not unfriendly, but definitely have serious expressions when I interact with them; they're not smile-y people.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-08/01/content_26293807_3.htm

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jonathan Mason, @The Alarmist, @Marquis, @J.Ross, @nebulafox, @Anon, @Sidney

    Same Asian cultures think it unseemly to show their teeth, at least exceedingly so. That’s why they often cover their mouth when they laugh.

  52. @The Alarmist
    Presented without commentary:

    Russia

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2016/05/09/97394048_Russian-servicewomen-xlarge_trans++eo_i_u9APj8RuoebjoAHt0k9u7HhRJvuo-ZLenGRumA.jpg


    China

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/10/01/22/19175488-7526755-image-a-46_1569963726956.jpg


    North Korea

    https://images.newindianexpress.com/uploads/user/imagelibrary/2017/4/15/original/North_Korea_Founder_day_AFP_10.jpg


    USA


    http://www.calcasa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/military-women.jpg


    and their future officer corps

    https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2019_21/2870581/westpoint2_297fefad84b106a9d32a7402ab098e52.fit-760w.jpg

    Replies: @PiltdownMan, @Skylark Thibedeau, @unit472, @AndrewR, @Corn, @Alden, @nebulafox, @Wade Hampton, @CCZ

    My god, half of those female negro West Point Cadets are already overweight. I guess physical standards as well as academic ones now must be ‘race normed’.

  53. @PiltdownMan
    @The Alarmist

    You left out the Israeli army.

    https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg/1024px-Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Skylark Thibedeau, @Rahan, @Jim Bob Lassiter, @Buzz Mohawk, @Mike Tre

    I remember reading that the casualty rate for Combat units with women in 1948 and 1973 was 60% or more because the men would take great risks to protect or rescue wounded female comrades who would have been left behind if they were male.

  54. @Intensifier
    The Army is just another branch of the public sector.

    What do we expect? It frankly surprises me that this has taken so long.
    Luckily for the girls and their hair styles the regular army don't fight wars. That is left to the Empire's proxies and if needed the southern boys in the special forces.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Thomas

    It really does sound indistinguishable from any local government agency at this point.

    • Agree: donut
  55. If white males stopped enlisting en masse, things would change in a hurry or the woke brass would have to step up the Terminator program big time. I don’t see black women leading the charge into battle or even competently executing a drone war.

  56. Tell all the young white males you know: Do not join the military.

  57. @PiltdownMan
    @The Alarmist

    You left out the Israeli army.

    https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg/1024px-Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Skylark Thibedeau, @Rahan, @Jim Bob Lassiter, @Buzz Mohawk, @Mike Tre

    Cuba

    Japan

  58. Army recruiters tell young men that the service is a great way to meet girls.

  59. @syonredux

    The most recent grooming changes were recommended by a panel of 10 Black women, four white women, one Hispanic woman, one Hispanic man and one Black man drawn from both low- and high-ranking soldiers.
     
    Interesting ratio.....

    Replies: @Discordiax, @AndrewR

    That reflects who the old policies chafed.
    They figured out workable rules for white women’s hair rather quickly. It was tougher to figure out black hair–whats practical was pretty easy. What’s too look-at-me, what’s not.

  60. @BB753
    Diversity and ponytails don't win wars. But what do I know? Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.

    Replies: @Discordiax, @res, @Mr. Anon, @Alice in Wonderland, @Known Fact, @Hypnotoad666, @Nona2

    If there’s s problem there though, it’s not a factor of whether they’re in half-inch box braids or quarter-inch box braids.

    • LOL: BB753
  61. Do they allow hairspray as burnt hair smells less good than white kids unhurt hair

  62. The US Army hasn’t fought for anything worth fighting for, at least since the end of the Cold War.

    A colonial police force for various moneyed interests, a federal jobs program, and a command economy market for the military industrial complex.

    And they are increasingly likely to be used against us.

    So I’m fine with this latest development.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes, Dr. X
  63. @John Milton’s Ghost
    The military was one area in American life that had perhaps the best record on race relations and minority success. I wouldn’t count on it to invade Grenada within a couple years.

    Replies: @Lurker, @AceDeuce, @Mike Tre, @Hibernian

    I went in the 70s. The American military has been fooked since ‘Nam. Because negro and because women.

  64. @Redneck farmer
    So are they going to bring back the 80s recruitment slogan, "Be all that you can be"?

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Anon7, @Hypnotoad666, @Oscar Peterson

    There was a great cartoon from back then. A dumpy-looking sad sack recruit was wheeling a wheelbarrow full of rocks. His sergeant was standing next to him, speaking. The caption read “I’m familiar with our recruiting policy, Private Jones-but this IS all that you can be.”

  65. The organizing principle of American culture is now: do whatever it takes to accommodate complaining minorities.

  66. @Altai

    It shows that the Army is recognizing we can be soldiers and still be ourselves
     
    Literally the whole point of professional military training is teaching you to be a soldier and not 'yourself'.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5-dkvfJfWI

    Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I'd say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it's not because they can 'be themselves'.

    Replies: @By-tor, @Not Raul, @Old and Grumpy, @Mike Tre, @Bill H, @Polistra, @Anon, @Rapparee

    I’d prefer the US military home and doing pretty marching instead of being on some frontline for globohomo. Besides enjoying the pretty march video for some inexplicable reason, I didn’t see too many hefty participants. Can’t even say that about the National Guard in DC, who by the way doesn’t do pretty marches. They should just for the exercise.

  67. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/WanqingZhang65/status/1365233212478251009

    Replies: @ic1000, @Dmon, @El Dato, @Nona

    Breaking News — Acting Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and iSteve Content Generator Victoria Nuland has been seconded to the U.S. Army as a Special Envoy. At this writing, she is en route to Beijing to instruct her Chinese counterpart on the hair and grooming regulations that the PLA is to adopt.

  68. I don’t care about the hair. The number of black women in the military does scare me. There are no angrier people in the world than black women. No doubt something the deep state is counting on.

  69. The more the U.S. military is run by, and for, black women, the better.

    • Agree: JMcG
  70. @Altai
    @ScarletNumber

    The happiest best run liberal countries in the world all have national service. All of Scandinavia, Switzerland and Germany too until 2010. The two countries with the most to boast about, Denmark and Finland also have the most intensive conscription.

    Finland:


    According to Finnish Defence Forces 2011 data slightly under 80% of Finnish males turned 30 had entered and finished the military service. The number of female volunteers to annually enter armed service had stabilized at approximately 300.
     
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/Suomalainen_sotilasvala.jpg

    This is why antifa are so stupid. They want beyond social democracy, they want socialism but also hate social solidarity and sense of social obligation. In reality the more you expect of society, the more society also expects from you. It's a social contract stupid. In a real communist society the types of people who make up antifa would be condemned, rightfully, as social defecting malcontents. The only society these people can live their preferred life in is ironically a neoliberal one which they rail against.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @ic1000, @Desiderius, @Guest

    > This is why antifa are so stupid.

    Based on their accomplishments to date, they are the farthest thing from stupid.

    I missed the Sopranos episode where Tony struggles with the implications of Dr. Melfi’s counsel: “You know, not everybody can be a crime boss!”

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @ic1000

    Presumed Antifants in action in Portland:

    WATCH: Portland protest turns chaotic with businesses trashed, fist fights on the street and bike cops slamming into ‘press’

    I'm 100% sure RT reads iSteve:


    At least two arrests were made after a mostly peaceful protest in Portland turned violent. Banks and other businesses were trashed as beleaguered residents pleaded with protesters to “go home!” and leave them in peace.

     


    Fistfights broke out at the mostly peaceful protest, after a sidewalk disagreement.
     
    Steve should have trademarked the Mostly Peaceful Protest.

    In other news:

    Left-leaning websites who completely are not onboard with the "stolen election narrative" and who hope to emerge from the Trump's Era of Fascism feel the coming Quieting in the Age of Biden.

    or

    "From Beria to Bluehairia."

    YouTube Rejects Consortium News Appeal


    The social media company says it carefully reviewed the content of the banned CN Live! episode; says it won’t be restored and that a strike will remain against CN—an impossible decision if the entire video was indeed carefully reviewed
     

    YouTube has rejected an appeal by Consortium News, has refused to restore an episode of CN Live! it banned and will maintain a week-long suspension and a strike against CN’s YouTube channel. With three strikes, CN Live! could have its channel, with hundreds of videos, deleted.
     
    As the Grammarly ad says, "That makes an impact on your readers!"
    , @Ray Huffman
    @ic1000

    Based on their accomplishments to date, they are the farthest thing from stupid.

    What they have accomplished is what is accomplished by delicate flowers which have grown in a hothouse in January.

    If it were not for the protection of the law enforcement apparatus, enraged vigilantes would be going around pulling gold teeth from their charred corpses.

    , @Guest
    @ic1000

    Their accomplishments? They are running-dogs of the ruling order. None of what they accomplish is yheir own. Police would be bashing their skulls in if they weren’t useful.

    They would, in fact, be Charlottesville nazees if amenable authorities were less amenable.

    If I were to collect a colony of bees and let it loose in the house of someone allergic to bee stings, would you say the bees had accomplished anything? No. I was the accomplisher. The bees were merely present.

  71. As long as the military continues to act as if it’s mission is to provide (equal) employment opportunity for citizens who enjoy wearing a uniform, it will fail in its actual primary mission, which is to defend the nation against its enemies.

    • Replies: @S. Anonyia
    @Bill H

    Well in all fairness the U.S military doesn't do much "defense" these days, being the primary aggressor in all of the global conflicts it's involved in. The mission hasn't been defense of the nation for decades.

    , @dimples
    @Bill H

    The US doesn't really have enemies. Never has, not even in the Good War, since the war on Japan was engineered by Roosevelt.

    , @Bill H
    @Bill H

    Okay, in which case it should be disbanded. I'll rephrase:

    As long as the military continues to act as if it’s mission is to provide (equal) employment opportunity for citizens who enjoy wearing a uniform, it will fail in its actual primary mission, which is to kick whatever asses the government tells it to kick.

    My point was that the military is not a social or unemployment agency, it is the military.

    Replies: @Oscar Peterson, @Guest

  72. @syonredux

    The most recent grooming changes were recommended by a panel of 10 Black women, four white women, one Hispanic woman, one Hispanic man and one Black man drawn from both low- and high-ranking soldiers.
     
    Interesting ratio.....

    Replies: @Discordiax, @AndrewR

    Human linguistic limitations prevent me from being able to fully express my hatred for this wretched empire in written form.

    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @AndrewR

    Try.

  73. I can now envision a new DOD milspec purchase order for random rainbow color splattering aerosol cans of Gorilla Glue.

  74. @Icy Blast
    The Russians no doubt find this all highly amusing.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Ragno

    At this point, I am pretty sure that almost every nation on earth is more serious than the US. It would be hilarious to read about all this in a work of fiction. Maybe it’s necessary to laugh about this anyway. The alternatives are not any more productive.

  75. @PiltdownMan
    @The Alarmist

    You left out the Israeli army.

    https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg/1024px-Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Skylark Thibedeau, @Rahan, @Jim Bob Lassiter, @Buzz Mohawk, @Mike Tre

    One thing is parade dress uniforms, another is real combat fatigues with equipment and helmets.

  76. @Dumbo

    The military has developed an especially outsize reliance on Black women
     
    China and Russia are doomed.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nxhDhHl1ShM/UZFFgG2lk8I/AAAAAAAAADg/lgQA1qwac6c/s320/sassy+black+woman.jpg

    P.S. Shouldn't it read "a reliance on outsized Black women"?

    Replies: @El Dato, @AndrewR, @Charles St. Charles, @Alden, @njguy73, @Hamlet's Ghost, @Oscar Peterson, @BB753

    I know the NYT’s standards have slipped in recent years, but I can’t recall seeing an outright typo before. How hard is it to get one person to proofread every single non-breaking article??

  77. @Dumbo

    The military has developed an especially outsize reliance on Black women
     
    China and Russia are doomed.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nxhDhHl1ShM/UZFFgG2lk8I/AAAAAAAAADg/lgQA1qwac6c/s320/sassy+black+woman.jpg

    P.S. Shouldn't it read "a reliance on outsized Black women"?

    Replies: @El Dato, @AndrewR, @Charles St. Charles, @Alden, @njguy73, @Hamlet's Ghost, @Oscar Peterson, @BB753

    A lot of people don’t realize that most jobs in the Army are not direct combat specialties. There are lots and lots of support positions that are basically administrative paper pushers, form fillers, and Human Resources-type desk jobs. These jobs are overwhelmingly held by bLACK Wahmuns. A lot of them exceed the Army’s weight standards – somehow they often seem to escape the mandatory discharge that should result from chronic obesity. Going to one of these support offices is a lot like going to the DMV, only with uniforms.

    In my experience, when bLACK Wahmuns in the Army don’t get their way or when someone doesn’t think they’re “all that” and show them the proper deference or they don’t get promoted, they go straight to the racism card. Their level of self-reflection and personal responsibility is often very low.

    Maybe the hair regulations will make them feel a little better about themselves… being oppressed and all…

    For a couple of years, I worked in Army recruiting. It seemed like we spent an inordinate amount trying to obtain waivers for bLACK male potential recruits because of criminal convictions.

  78. Before the 20th century, armies were traditionally very showy affairs. Look at the costumes of zouaves, for example.

  79. @SafeNow
    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/02/5b/6c/025b6c661e4338ed24c0b02b76459a25.jpg

    I think this hairstyle change reinstates what was permitted along time ago. But still, I have qualms that maybe on a subconscious psychological level, fluffy hair permeates-out to create a fluffy mental state. As the old saying goes, there’s a reason why “no trespassing” signs are not written in wedding-invitation script. Making your bed in the morning is a big deal in the military (at least it used to be) because you start out the day with the right mindset. So now it’s: make your bed, put on your lipstick, do your hair?

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy

    “Now I had heard the WACS recruited old maids for the war,

    “But Mommy isn’t one of those, I’ve known her all these years…”

  80. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/WanqingZhang65/status/1365233212478251009

    Replies: @ic1000, @Dmon, @El Dato, @Nona

    Perhaps they could implement something similar to their highly successful initiative to increase the representation of women in the tech industry.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/trending/chinese-tech-companies-hire-office-cheerleaders-to-motivate-programmers-1.3202020

    • LOL: Hibernian
  81. @Steve Sailer
    @Not Raul

    My impression is that a higher fraction of military personnel hear shots fired in anger now than during much of the Cold War when a huge fraction of the military was waiting around for WWIII in Europe. E.g., my cousin got drafted during Vietnam and sent overseas, but his duty was typing at the NATO headquarters in Venice. He commuted to work in a gondola.

    Replies: @RickinJax, @Tony massey, @Matt Buckalew

    I doubt anymore than 3% since ww2 have been trigger pullers.
    I served during, “be all you can be”, “army of one”, and what i like to call, ” soldiers of the sand”.
    It’s a sensible policy.
    2 of the best soldiers I’ve ever known were chicks. Shout out to ski and Mel.
    OT…i just have to get this out there. I fucked about 50 Army chicks, 1 Marine and 1 sailor. Good times fellas. Good times.
    And, yes, i was a much bigger whore than they.
    Let them wear their hair the way they want.
    Truly, imo, be it ever so humble, bitches are more ruthless than the schlongs that are always trying to get in their bdu’s.
    What i wouldn’t give to go back.
    That’s especially true for you Stacey, wherever you may be. Hmm…oh, that Stacey.
    Let’em wear their hair the way they want. And, fuck it, put them behind the trigger. Just takes heart.
    And anyone that feels differently…go fuck yourself.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @Tony massey


    That’s especially true for you Stacey, wherever you may be. Hmm…oh, that Stacey.
     
    You sure it isn't Stacy's mom you're thinking about?
  82. @By-tor
    @Altai

    That's right. The Russians in the above Victory Day parade should really fear the US' divisive, plump yet diverse brigades of Demetriuses, Obijjimaynes, Fatimas, and Shon'Tales with their hair issues, and the recent aggressive policies to weed out white supremacy and rectify systemic sexism, homophobia, transgender discrimination and racism in all branches.

    Replies: @Bill Jones, @Guest29048

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78ICiQKdO-Q

    Oh for the days of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: “I am hard, but I am fair! There is no racial bigotry here! [ . . . ] Here you are all equally worthless!”

    –the Snow Dog

  83. @BB753
    Diversity and ponytails don't win wars. But what do I know? Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.

    Replies: @Discordiax, @res, @Mr. Anon, @Alice in Wonderland, @Known Fact, @Hypnotoad666, @Nona2

    Diversity and ponytails don’t win wars.

    It will be interesting to see what happens to all of this if we ever again have a war which is perceived as an existential threat.

    • Replies: @rebel yell
    @res

    The government can easily make a 180 degree change in the propaganda narrative, like Stalin re-instating love of Mother Russia when the Germans attacked. But changing the narrative doesn't instantly correct decades of decay in the army's combat readiness. The army will have to suffer a lot of defeats to toughen up again.
    The US army has long depended on tough Southern white males to fill its ranks. I wonder if they will still see the military as a heroic life if many of the officers they have to obey are fat black women. We should watch the recruitment statistics to see if there is a decline in Southern white male recruits.

    Replies: @res

    , @Desiderius
    @res

    We?

    Replies: @res

    , @Neuday
    @res


    It will be interesting to see what happens to all of this if we ever again have a war which is perceived as an existential threat.
     
    America already had a war that was an existential threat, but noticing it, much less fighting it, was deemed racist and anti-semitic, so it was lost. Now the winners are dividing the spoils.
    , @Dr. X
    @res

    The only thing that the powers-that-be think is an existential threat right now is 75 million Trump voters...

  84. @unit472
    @ScarletNumber

    I actually think this is a good thing. They might relax men's hair rules as well. It might help recruit more 18-21 year old males. I don't mean Islamo style beards or Led Zeppelin style locks but dispense with the buzz cut for recruits and strict regulation length ( short). My guess is this 'look' came about in the First World War where head lice became an issue and the development of electric clippers that allowed for the 15 second haircut.

    What concerns me is the number of women in our active duty and NG ranks. 127.000 is too high. Women are not as versatile as men. To be deployed to a combat zone every soldier needs to be convertible to a basic infantry soldier able to carry a machine gun with 600+ rounds of ammo AND a couple of, e.g. 81mm mortar rounds or some other piece of equipment above and beyond their standard kit and carry it for miles on foot. Women just can't do that.

    Replies: @Tony massey, @Tony massey

    You’re pretty much wrong. I’m guessing you never served.
    The best officer i ever knew was a woman. She was a straight up cunt that would probably take your ass out. Gina was fucking fierce. Absolutely not to be fucked with.
    The best recruiting tool for young men…come get some pussy. If you can’t get laid in the military i don’t know what to think about ya. Chicks are giving it out.
    Must be the testerone.
    Everyone was fucking everyone.

    • Replies: @unit472
    @Tony massey

    You are wrong and probably drunk too. I was an 11 Bravo 1971-73 stationed in Panama. When US based troops came down to train at the Jungle Warfare Center heat stroke was common. Like I said carrying a 23 lbs M-60, ammo, a two water bladders and the rest of your gear in a humid jungle full of 'wait a minute vines' was brutal. You could put a cigarette out by just pressing its against your sweat soaked fatigues. We had no female soldiers in the 193rd Infantry Brigade except a few armorers who didn't deploy with the infantry. They couldn't keep up.

  85. @Altai
    This also raises the question of so much hierarchy in the military, why not have a flat command structure?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8_7yPocGPg&t=1m0s

    Replies: @El Dato, @Felix Krull

    Thanks for the link.

    The best sketch is the one immediately after, where some flunkie berates the prime minister for not having put his mug in the dishwasher. So on the nose.

  86. Next they’ll have standards for lactating-hormoned-up transgender-breastfeeding while wearing high heels and lipstick *during* combat.

    What sextoys could double as weapons or enhanced interrogation (read: torture) aids, etc.

    Salute the f(l)ag boys!

  87. @Intensifier
    The Army is just another branch of the public sector.

    What do we expect? It frankly surprises me that this has taken so long.
    Luckily for the girls and their hair styles the regular army don't fight wars. That is left to the Empire's proxies and if needed the southern boys in the special forces.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Thomas

    That is left to the Empire’s proxies and if needed the southern boys in the special forces.

    I wonder how many of those boys are going to be enlisting in the future. The stories I hear from currently serving White men keep getting worse. And the Army is supposedly threatening to take action against anyone who posted a Pepe on Facebook in 2016.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Thomas

    The Air Force just removed all references to men from their official song, The Wild Blue Yonder.

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Achmed E. Newman

    , @El Dato
    @Thomas

    Posting Pepe on Facebook in 2016 is worse than doubting Lenin when he got into the socially distanced train from Zürich

    You shouldn't have doubted, comrade!

    https://i.postimg.cc/SKK0CB7t/that-s-not-far-off.png

  88. @unit472
    @ScarletNumber

    I actually think this is a good thing. They might relax men's hair rules as well. It might help recruit more 18-21 year old males. I don't mean Islamo style beards or Led Zeppelin style locks but dispense with the buzz cut for recruits and strict regulation length ( short). My guess is this 'look' came about in the First World War where head lice became an issue and the development of electric clippers that allowed for the 15 second haircut.

    What concerns me is the number of women in our active duty and NG ranks. 127.000 is too high. Women are not as versatile as men. To be deployed to a combat zone every soldier needs to be convertible to a basic infantry soldier able to carry a machine gun with 600+ rounds of ammo AND a couple of, e.g. 81mm mortar rounds or some other piece of equipment above and beyond their standard kit and carry it for miles on foot. Women just can't do that.

    Replies: @Tony massey, @Tony massey

    And no soldier(male,anyway) wants to deal with hair.
    They should ease up on facial hair.
    When i first went in i couldn’t grow anything but fuzz. If my face wasn’t bleeding it meant i hadn’t shaved that day and i got called out.
    Of course, my original cadre was all Nam vets and about 3/4 of them had a piece of metal in them.
    I hated shaving everyday.
    Now…the 1st thing i do in the morning is piss…then i shave.
    I don’t really give a fuck if some looks like Charlie Daniels. Go for it. Beards are cool.
    I served a tdy with the French foreign Legion. Alot of those guys had beards. What’s wrong with that?

  89. @Jonathan Mason
    It is time to call for an international treaty by which it is agreed that all wars will be fought by women only.

    They rules of engagement will also be amended to allow for battlefield day care and field salons, with combat only occurring between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

    Judging by the performance of the USA women on the soccer field, the USA will be undefeatable as our women are more masculine than anybody else's, have better steroids, and will include many former men in their ranks, and even more important, none of our real men will be killed.

    Budgetary issues will be resolved by having wars sponsored by companies like Procter & Gamble and Vogue.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Kylie

    Treaties are meaningless and the ugliest woman who ever lived took for granted that she could rely on male servants (this is demonstrated every hour in our military).
    As always you are a troll.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @J.Ross


    Treaties are meaningless
     
    Mostly only those of which the USA is part of.

    Not even the letter of the treaty survives the US political clown show.

  90. @John Milton’s Ghost
    The military was one area in American life that had perhaps the best record on race relations and minority success. I wouldn’t count on it to invade Grenada within a couple years.

    Replies: @Lurker, @AceDeuce, @Mike Tre, @Hibernian

    It depends, have they opened a Popeye’s Chicken on Grenada?

  91. @Altai

    It shows that the Army is recognizing we can be soldiers and still be ourselves
     
    Literally the whole point of professional military training is teaching you to be a soldier and not 'yourself'.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5-dkvfJfWI

    Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I'd say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it's not because they can 'be themselves'.

    Replies: @By-tor, @Not Raul, @Old and Grumpy, @Mike Tre, @Bill H, @Polistra, @Anon, @Rapparee

    The military is transitioning into little more than a mobilized and mechanized welfare state.

    • LOL: El Dato
  92. @PiltdownMan
    Do East Asian women just tend to smile less than Caucasian women? The Chinese ladies (a mom and daughters) at a local Asian convenience store are not unfriendly, but definitely have serious expressions when I interact with them; they're not smile-y people.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-08/01/content_26293807_3.htm

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jonathan Mason, @The Alarmist, @Marquis, @J.Ross, @nebulafox, @Anon, @Sidney

    Some men just want to talk in a library.
    ——–
    A Korean grocery I’ve been to has an adorable idea. They advertise little community things and business, half the flyers and cards in hangul. In front of the cash register is a business card for a martial arts school. You see the portrait of the Mistress, look back at the cashier (who is probably the owner), and it’s the same woman.

  93. NO WHITE MAN OR WHITE WOMAN SHOULD BE JOINING THE MILITARY IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    Any White person who VOLUNTARILY signs up to fight Wars For Israel, a nation that has attacked an American ship among other things, and fights for a nation (occupied America) that discriminates against the Founding Stock Of America, White Protestants, is fighting for a nation that treats them like second class citizens. And this includes my White Catholic brothers and White atheist brothers as well, do not throw your life away fighting for a nation that doesn’t give two shits about you.

    Let the Jews, Blacks, and Browns fight in the military. haha. Good luck with that one.

    • Agree: Kolya Krassotkin
  94. @ic1000
    @Altai

    > This is why antifa are so stupid.

    Based on their accomplishments to date, they are the farthest thing from stupid.

    I missed the Sopranos episode where Tony struggles with the implications of Dr. Melfi's counsel: "You know, not everybody can be a crime boss!"

    Replies: @El Dato, @Ray Huffman, @Guest

    Presumed Antifants in action in Portland:

    WATCH: Portland protest turns chaotic with businesses trashed, fist fights on the street and bike cops slamming into ‘press’

    I’m 100% sure RT reads iSteve:

    At least two arrests were made after a mostly peaceful protest in Portland turned violent. Banks and other businesses were trashed as beleaguered residents pleaded with protesters to “go home!” and leave them in peace.

    Fistfights broke out at the mostly peaceful protest, after a sidewalk disagreement.

    Steve should have trademarked the Mostly Peaceful Protest.

    In other news:

    Left-leaning websites who completely are not onboard with the “stolen election narrative” and who hope to emerge from the Trump’s Era of Fascism feel the coming Quieting in the Age of Biden.

    or

    “From Beria to Bluehairia.”

    YouTube Rejects Consortium News Appeal

    The social media company says it carefully reviewed the content of the banned CN Live! episode; says it won’t be restored and that a strike will remain against CN—an impossible decision if the entire video was indeed carefully reviewed

    YouTube has rejected an appeal by Consortium News, has refused to restore an episode of CN Live! it banned and will maintain a week-long suspension and a strike against CN’s YouTube channel. With three strikes, CN Live! could have its channel, with hundreds of videos, deleted.

    As the Grammarly ad says, “That makes an impact on your readers!”

  95. No capes for the person’s of enlistment?
    I suppose that, along with all of those chubby Ta’Shaunubias, the gay blades will be heading for The Academy, or at least OCS.
    Liberace in an ermin cape, where Bobby Lee on a horse used to stand? That’ll work.

  96. @Redneck farmer
    So are they going to bring back the 80s recruitment slogan, "Be all that you can be"?

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Anon7, @Hypnotoad666, @Oscar Peterson

    I saw those commercials, but some (this compilation is from the 1970’s – 1980’s) have a lot of women in them, more than I remember.

    From the NYT article:

    “In a military increasingly dependent on women, and particularly Black women…”

    I hope Biden picks his wars carefully. Just for contrast, here’s how our most likely real opponent recruits soldiers using video. China’s People’s Liberation Army.

  97. @res
    @BB753


    Diversity and ponytails don’t win wars.
     
    It will be interesting to see what happens to all of this if we ever again have a war which is perceived as an existential threat.

    Replies: @rebel yell, @Desiderius, @Neuday, @Dr. X

    The government can easily make a 180 degree change in the propaganda narrative, like Stalin re-instating love of Mother Russia when the Germans attacked. But changing the narrative doesn’t instantly correct decades of decay in the army’s combat readiness. The army will have to suffer a lot of defeats to toughen up again.
    The US army has long depended on tough Southern white males to fill its ranks. I wonder if they will still see the military as a heroic life if many of the officers they have to obey are fat black women. We should watch the recruitment statistics to see if there is a decline in Southern white male recruits.

    • Replies: @res
    @rebel yell

    Agreed. My point was related to the common experience that when an existential war hits it takes time (and defeats) to get rid of the incompetent political generals.

  98. @Thomas
    @Intensifier


    That is left to the Empire’s proxies and if needed the southern boys in the special forces.
     
    I wonder how many of those boys are going to be enlisting in the future. The stories I hear from currently serving White men keep getting worse. And the Army is supposedly threatening to take action against anyone who posted a Pepe on Facebook in 2016.

    Replies: @JMcG, @El Dato

    The Air Force just removed all references to men from their official song, The Wild Blue Yonder.

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
    @JMcG

    In 2003, the Chair force removed the words "Bring Me Men...", the opening words in the 1894 poem "The Coming American" from poet Sam Walter Foss from the parade ground at the AF Academy, where it had been since the Academy's inception.

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @JMcG

    Check Airmen are now Line Check Pilots.

    They don't know what NOTAM stands for yet. Shhhhssh ...

  99. Oh, but you said, “heard shots fired”.
    I don’t know if that’s true or not.
    You may be correct.
    I tend to doubt it. You may be right.
    Those 88 mikes saw more combat than 11 bravo. They got hit hard.

  100. @John Milton’s Ghost
    The military was one area in American life that had perhaps the best record on race relations and minority success. I wouldn’t count on it to invade Grenada within a couple years.

    Replies: @Lurker, @AceDeuce, @Mike Tre, @Hibernian

    During the Grenada invasion Army officers communicated with each other from telephone booths with calling cards. The Marines’ regular communications network worked OK and they didn’t need to do this.

    • Replies: @Corn
    @Hibernian

    For real? Or are you just remembering that scene from Heartbreak Ridge?

    Replies: @Hibernian

  101. Anon[335] • Disclaimer says:

    File this under: news you will never see on iSteve.

    US ‘Mysteriously’ Sees Lowest Flu Season On Record During COVID Pandemic

    According to the CDC, the cumulative positive influenza test rate from late September into the week of December 19th was just 0.2%, compared to 8.7% from a year before.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/us-sees-lowest-flu-season-record-during-covid-pandemic

    Gee it’s almost like, common causes of death like flu, pneumonia and cancer have been re-categorized to pump up the Covid numbers in order to make Trump look bad/ take away civil liberties. So weird!!
    And Steve actually accepts the official numbers like they mean anything!!!

    For a guy who’s supposed to be data-driven, Steve isn’t very data-driven.

    • Agree: Kratoklastes
    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Anon

    If you are keeping COVID at bay through "social distancing", where does everybody expect the less infectious fluflu to go to, exactly?

    What is mysterious about this? Nothing.

    "Mysteriously" would be seeing as much influenza impact as usually.

    It's like keeping people away from vending machines and sugarbag supermarket aisles and see diabeetus mysteriously drop.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Hamlet's Ghost

  102. @Steve Sailer
    @Not Raul

    My impression is that a higher fraction of military personnel hear shots fired in anger now than during much of the Cold War when a huge fraction of the military was waiting around for WWIII in Europe. E.g., my cousin got drafted during Vietnam and sent overseas, but his duty was typing at the NATO headquarters in Venice. He commuted to work in a gondola.

    Replies: @RickinJax, @Tony massey, @Matt Buckalew

    Well yea that’s because it was a Cold War. The trends in the US military have been entirely towards smaller and smaller front line units that pack and bigger and bigger punch per soldier.

  103. a military increasingly dependent on women, and particularly Black women

    A black female coworker retired from the Army at age 38 after serving twenty years active duty. While serving, she had three children from her first soldier-husband and three more from her second soldier-husband, enjoying six months paid maternity leave for each of the six kids. In other words, she “worked” seventeen years but got paid for twenty.

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    @E. Rekshun

    "Six children, Sergeant, and still you managed to stay on 'active duty' in the Army for 20 years?

    "Well, Groucho, I just love the Army!"

    "Look, Sergeant Clymidia, I like my cigar too, but I take it out of my mouth every once in a while."

    Replies: @Verymuchalive

    , @Charles St. Charles
    @E. Rekshun


    A black female coworker retired from the Army at age 38 after serving twenty years active duty. While serving, she had three children from her first soldier-husband and three more from her second soldier-husband, enjoying six months paid maternity leave for each of the six kids. In other words, she “worked” seventeen years but got paid for twenty.
     
    1. You’re assuming she “worked” for 17 years when I would guess, based on three decades experience in the Army, she avoided work whenever she could.

    2. US Military personnel get 30 days paid vacation per year, unlimited sick days, and more holidays than you can imagine. So at the very least, you get a whole year off every 12 years.

    3. You’re ignoring the “value” she added to our nation by creating six more blacks. Which is statistically probably a net cost, not a benefit.

  104. @Anon
    Do buns have to be tight? How about less tight buns? That would solve the (imaginary) hair loss epidemic.

    Replies: @Kylie, @Alden, @Reg Cæsar

    “Do buns have to be tight? How about less tight buns? That would solve the (imaginary) hair loss epidemic.”

    When young, I had very thick, very fine long hair. Hairdressers always commented that putting it up must give me a headache. (It did.) My hair wouldn’t stay up in anything other than a tight bun.

    That said, if I’d wanted to join the army, I would have been willing to cut it short.

    This whole hideous fandango is just so typical of what happens when women are allowed to dictate policy in the public sphere. I’ll just leave it at that.

  105. @Not Raul
    @Altai


    Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’.
     
    What percentage of soldiers are front line?

    I would imagine that it’s lower than it used to be.

    I’m aware that the demographics of front line infantry are quite different from the demographics of the Adjutant General's Corps.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @dvorak

    What percentage of soldiers are front line?

    I would imagine that it’s lower than it used to be.

    Mattis, before he was tapped by Trump, spent money and time on “lethality programs” to improve the infantry.

    Under Mattis’ directive, the military is developing new technologies and weapons for accomplishing the close-combat mission. But squad and platoon tactics haven’t changed in a century, according to retired Marine Lt. Col. Joseph L’Etoile, head of the Pentagon’s Close Combat Lethality Task Force (CCLTF).

    https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/02/13/mattis-may-be-gone-his-effort-revolutionize-infantry-continues.html

  106. @Altai

    It shows that the Army is recognizing we can be soldiers and still be ourselves
     
    Literally the whole point of professional military training is teaching you to be a soldier and not 'yourself'.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5-dkvfJfWI

    Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I'd say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it's not because they can 'be themselves'.

    Replies: @By-tor, @Not Raul, @Old and Grumpy, @Mike Tre, @Bill H, @Polistra, @Anon, @Rapparee

    I cannot speak for the Army, although based on the appearance of those wandering hatless wearing fatigue uniforms in public certainly would seem to belie your confidence, the Navy’s proclivity for colliding with cargo ships is without question a testimony to the falsity of your assumption with respect to our Navy.

  107. @Thomas
    @Intensifier


    That is left to the Empire’s proxies and if needed the southern boys in the special forces.
     
    I wonder how many of those boys are going to be enlisting in the future. The stories I hear from currently serving White men keep getting worse. And the Army is supposedly threatening to take action against anyone who posted a Pepe on Facebook in 2016.

    Replies: @JMcG, @El Dato

    Posting Pepe on Facebook in 2016 is worse than doubting Lenin when he got into the socially distanced train from Zürich

    You shouldn’t have doubted, comrade!

  108. @Anon
    Do buns have to be tight? How about less tight buns? That would solve the (imaginary) hair loss epidemic.

    Replies: @Kylie, @Alden, @Reg Cæsar

    For years I wore my hair secured in a tight ponytail with the hair sectioned and twisted into various styles of buns. No hair loss whatsoever. It’s still extra thick.

    An army of black women. Words fail. What about the height weight standards? There’s so few 5’4 5’6 black women less than 180 200 pounds. There’s 2 at my local post office about 5’5 250 pounds. They have to stand all day as they don’t fit on those little stools.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    @Alden

    I didn't know you're a woman. With most commenters, it's straightforward, but Alden isn't the most obvious female pseudonym.

    Replies: @Alden

    , @J.Ross
    @Alden

    >an army of black[/African] women

    There were two I am aware of, both vanities of successful popular despots (like the joke one which inspired The Art Of War) -- neither was a real army and both ended badly.

  109. “For the first time, women will be allowed to have buzz cuts”

    So GI Jane lied to me??

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Roderick Spode

    "Failure is not an option" is a Gene Krantz saying though.

    Also, Demi Moore's nipples WTF!

  110. @Dumbo

    The military has developed an especially outsize reliance on Black women
     
    China and Russia are doomed.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nxhDhHl1ShM/UZFFgG2lk8I/AAAAAAAAADg/lgQA1qwac6c/s320/sassy+black+woman.jpg

    P.S. Shouldn't it read "a reliance on outsized Black women"?

    Replies: @El Dato, @AndrewR, @Charles St. Charles, @Alden, @njguy73, @Hamlet's Ghost, @Oscar Peterson, @BB753

    Godzilla girl reminds me of half the district attorneys and public defenders in every criminal courthouse in California. Only 5 percent of the population but 80 percent of the public sector jobs.

  111. @The Alarmist
    Presented without commentary:

    Russia

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2016/05/09/97394048_Russian-servicewomen-xlarge_trans++eo_i_u9APj8RuoebjoAHt0k9u7HhRJvuo-ZLenGRumA.jpg


    China

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/10/01/22/19175488-7526755-image-a-46_1569963726956.jpg


    North Korea

    https://images.newindianexpress.com/uploads/user/imagelibrary/2017/4/15/original/North_Korea_Founder_day_AFP_10.jpg


    USA


    http://www.calcasa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/military-women.jpg


    and their future officer corps

    https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2019_21/2870581/westpoint2_297fefad84b106a9d32a7402ab098e52.fit-760w.jpg

    Replies: @PiltdownMan, @Skylark Thibedeau, @unit472, @AndrewR, @Corn, @Alden, @nebulafox, @Wade Hampton, @CCZ

    We wuz souljahz n sheeet

    For real though, all of those photos are disgusting and signs of deep civilizational rot. Women have no place in a military, let alone in a military parade.

  112. This is starting to sound like Ignatius J. Reilly’s plan

    Many such cases. Maybe Confederate Flag in capital guy knew more than he knew.

  113. @res
    @BB753


    Diversity and ponytails don’t win wars.
     
    It will be interesting to see what happens to all of this if we ever again have a war which is perceived as an existential threat.

    Replies: @rebel yell, @Desiderius, @Neuday, @Dr. X

    We?

    • Replies: @res
    @Desiderius


    We?
     
    The people who live in the country "protected" by that military. (alternatively, and perhaps better, the citizens of...)

    Replies: @Desiderius

  114. @Altai
    @ScarletNumber

    The happiest best run liberal countries in the world all have national service. All of Scandinavia, Switzerland and Germany too until 2010. The two countries with the most to boast about, Denmark and Finland also have the most intensive conscription.

    Finland:


    According to Finnish Defence Forces 2011 data slightly under 80% of Finnish males turned 30 had entered and finished the military service. The number of female volunteers to annually enter armed service had stabilized at approximately 300.
     
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/Suomalainen_sotilasvala.jpg

    This is why antifa are so stupid. They want beyond social democracy, they want socialism but also hate social solidarity and sense of social obligation. In reality the more you expect of society, the more society also expects from you. It's a social contract stupid. In a real communist society the types of people who make up antifa would be condemned, rightfully, as social defecting malcontents. The only society these people can live their preferred life in is ironically a neoliberal one which they rail against.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @ic1000, @Desiderius, @Guest

    real communist society

    This is your problem.

  115. @res
    @BB753


    Diversity and ponytails don’t win wars.
     
    It will be interesting to see what happens to all of this if we ever again have a war which is perceived as an existential threat.

    Replies: @rebel yell, @Desiderius, @Neuday, @Dr. X

    It will be interesting to see what happens to all of this if we ever again have a war which is perceived as an existential threat.

    America already had a war that was an existential threat, but noticing it, much less fighting it, was deemed racist and anti-semitic, so it was lost. Now the winners are dividing the spoils.

    • Agree: Joe Magarac
  116. @Jonathan Mason
    It is time to call for an international treaty by which it is agreed that all wars will be fought by women only.

    They rules of engagement will also be amended to allow for battlefield day care and field salons, with combat only occurring between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

    Judging by the performance of the USA women on the soccer field, the USA will be undefeatable as our women are more masculine than anybody else's, have better steroids, and will include many former men in their ranks, and even more important, none of our real men will be killed.

    Budgetary issues will be resolved by having wars sponsored by companies like Procter & Gamble and Vogue.

    Replies: @J.Ross, @Kylie

    “It is time to call for an international treaty by which it is agreed that all wars will be fought by women only.

    They* rules of engagement will also be amended to allow for battlefield day care and field salons, with combat only occurring between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.”

    Well, you’re making an effort to appease the distaff side, I’ll give you that. But no choice of vegan rations? Holistic health care? Aromatherapy? Soap cutting?
    Etc. Working a full 6 hours without a break? No on-site nail and hair care?

    And since the periods of women living together tend to synchronize, there ciuld only be engagement three weeks out of each month.

    This doesn’t even factor in communication with their friends and families back home to show how stalwart and self-sooth–I mean, self-sacrificing these women warriors are.

    * Presumably this is a nod to black grammar, Black women now being the backbone of our fighting forces.

    • Replies: @Bel Riose
    @Kylie

    The Rules of Engagement should be limited to mud-wrestling only -- and only between combatants with an appropriate weight/height ratio.

    Problem solved!

  117. @The Alarmist
    Presented without commentary:

    Russia

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2016/05/09/97394048_Russian-servicewomen-xlarge_trans++eo_i_u9APj8RuoebjoAHt0k9u7HhRJvuo-ZLenGRumA.jpg


    China

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/10/01/22/19175488-7526755-image-a-46_1569963726956.jpg


    North Korea

    https://images.newindianexpress.com/uploads/user/imagelibrary/2017/4/15/original/North_Korea_Founder_day_AFP_10.jpg


    USA


    http://www.calcasa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/military-women.jpg


    and their future officer corps

    https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2019_21/2870581/westpoint2_297fefad84b106a9d32a7402ab098e52.fit-760w.jpg

    Replies: @PiltdownMan, @Skylark Thibedeau, @unit472, @AndrewR, @Corn, @Alden, @nebulafox, @Wade Hampton, @CCZ

    We’re f—-ed

    • LOL: donut
  118. … In a military increasingly dependent on women, and particularly Black women…

    The military is increasingly full of women, particularly Negro women but the plain fact of the matter is that the military cannot depend on these women. Every time these women are subject to an inconvenient, unpleasant, or dangerous deployment slews of them suddenly get pregnant or report suffering from an incapacitating illness or injury. Even during regular service these women suffer much higher rates of incapacitating injuries and other medical conditions. These impose significant financial and other burdens on the country as a whole, the military, and their fellow soldiers.

  119. @The Alarmist
    Presented without commentary:

    Russia

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2016/05/09/97394048_Russian-servicewomen-xlarge_trans++eo_i_u9APj8RuoebjoAHt0k9u7HhRJvuo-ZLenGRumA.jpg


    China

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/10/01/22/19175488-7526755-image-a-46_1569963726956.jpg


    North Korea

    https://images.newindianexpress.com/uploads/user/imagelibrary/2017/4/15/original/North_Korea_Founder_day_AFP_10.jpg


    USA


    http://www.calcasa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/military-women.jpg


    and their future officer corps

    https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2019_21/2870581/westpoint2_297fefad84b106a9d32a7402ab098e52.fit-760w.jpg

    Replies: @PiltdownMan, @Skylark Thibedeau, @unit472, @AndrewR, @Corn, @Alden, @nebulafox, @Wade Hampton, @CCZ

    The Chinese uniforms look like drum majorette outfits for 12-14 year olds. Or Barbie doll outfits. The Americans look like they’re dressed for janitor work at least.

    I like the red and white Barbie uniforms best. I’d change the color of the rifles to royal blue. Red and black is just too harsh and masculine a color combo. Personal opinion is the Chinese women are all extras from all those Chinese historical films featuring hundreds of pretty girls in the Emperors palace.

    There’s a big fuss up in the Japanese state school system about hair. The rule is absolutely straight and dead black. No waves fluffiness or sun streaks. Japanese state schools have very strict clothing rules. Cuffs or no cuffs on pants is another big deal.

  120. @Hibernian
    @John Milton’s Ghost

    During the Grenada invasion Army officers communicated with each other from telephone booths with calling cards. The Marines' regular communications network worked OK and they didn't need to do this.

    Replies: @Corn

    For real? Or are you just remembering that scene from Heartbreak Ridge?

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Corn

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartbreak_Ridge

    I never saw Heartbreak Ridge. There was a real incident of soldiers using the civilian telephone system for tactical communications in this operation.

    https://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/that-time-a-soldier-used-a-payphone-to-call-back-to-the-us-to-get-artillery-support-in-grenada/

    Different sources say it was SEALS or Army paratroopers.

    Replies: @J.Ross

  121. @Roderick Spode
    "For the first time, women will be allowed to have buzz cuts"

    So GI Jane lied to me??

    https://i0.wp.com/biffbampop.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/gi-jane-poster.jpg

    Replies: @El Dato

    “Failure is not an option” is a Gene Krantz saying though.

    Also, Demi Moore’s nipples WTF!

  122. So, have we won a war recently?

    • Replies: @SaneClownPosse
    @Mr. Anon

    No wins, but no losses, as the US will never pull out, ever again. No more Saigon 1975.

    It's not a loss, if you don't quit!

    PS, If you can't tell the friendlies apart from the unfriendlies, what chance do you have of achieving a victorious end?

    "Kill Them All, Let God Sort Them Out."

  123. @BB753
    Diversity and ponytails don't win wars. But what do I know? Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.

    Replies: @Discordiax, @res, @Mr. Anon, @Alice in Wonderland, @Known Fact, @Hypnotoad666, @Nona2

    Diversity and ponytails don’t win wars. But what do I know? Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.

    Remember, according to the Geneva Convention, a prisoner of war is only required to divulge the following information to his captors:

    Name, Rank, and Prounous

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Mr. Anon

    Typo or no typo, LOL!

  124. @rebel yell
    @res

    The government can easily make a 180 degree change in the propaganda narrative, like Stalin re-instating love of Mother Russia when the Germans attacked. But changing the narrative doesn't instantly correct decades of decay in the army's combat readiness. The army will have to suffer a lot of defeats to toughen up again.
    The US army has long depended on tough Southern white males to fill its ranks. I wonder if they will still see the military as a heroic life if many of the officers they have to obey are fat black women. We should watch the recruitment statistics to see if there is a decline in Southern white male recruits.

    Replies: @res

    Agreed. My point was related to the common experience that when an existential war hits it takes time (and defeats) to get rid of the incompetent political generals.

  125. @The Alarmist
    Presented without commentary:

    Russia

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2016/05/09/97394048_Russian-servicewomen-xlarge_trans++eo_i_u9APj8RuoebjoAHt0k9u7HhRJvuo-ZLenGRumA.jpg


    China

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/10/01/22/19175488-7526755-image-a-46_1569963726956.jpg


    North Korea

    https://images.newindianexpress.com/uploads/user/imagelibrary/2017/4/15/original/North_Korea_Founder_day_AFP_10.jpg


    USA


    http://www.calcasa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/military-women.jpg


    and their future officer corps

    https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2019_21/2870581/westpoint2_297fefad84b106a9d32a7402ab098e52.fit-760w.jpg

    Replies: @PiltdownMan, @Skylark Thibedeau, @unit472, @AndrewR, @Corn, @Alden, @nebulafox, @Wade Hampton, @CCZ

  126. @The Alarmist
    Presented without commentary:

    Russia

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2016/05/09/97394048_Russian-servicewomen-xlarge_trans++eo_i_u9APj8RuoebjoAHt0k9u7HhRJvuo-ZLenGRumA.jpg


    China

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/10/01/22/19175488-7526755-image-a-46_1569963726956.jpg


    North Korea

    https://images.newindianexpress.com/uploads/user/imagelibrary/2017/4/15/original/North_Korea_Founder_day_AFP_10.jpg


    USA


    http://www.calcasa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/military-women.jpg


    and their future officer corps

    https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2019_21/2870581/westpoint2_297fefad84b106a9d32a7402ab098e52.fit-760w.jpg

    Replies: @PiltdownMan, @Skylark Thibedeau, @unit472, @AndrewR, @Corn, @Alden, @nebulafox, @Wade Hampton, @CCZ

    The Russian gals and the Red Chinese look nice. The Americans, no comment.

    I was surprised at how unappealing the Nork chicks are. I would have thought they would have all looked like K-pop girls.

  127. @PiltdownMan
    @The Alarmist

    You left out the Israeli army.

    https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg/1024px-Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Skylark Thibedeau, @Rahan, @Jim Bob Lassiter, @Buzz Mohawk, @Mike Tre

    What? That’s just an average day on the Upper East Side.

    • LOL: PiltdownMan
    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Upper West Side ...

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    , @PiltdownMan
    @Buzz Mohawk

    You got it. Thanks!

  128. @Desiderius
    @res

    We?

    Replies: @res

    We?

    The people who live in the country “protected” by that military. (alternatively, and perhaps better, the citizens of…)

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    @res

    You have to solve the scare quotes before there is a we again.

  129. The US Military relies on its’ technology to get the upper hand against whomever it deems an adversary. The US military personnel are trained to push buttons and mimic procedures and actions utilizing said technology. The days of peer to peer armies on battlefields is probably gone. If not for that assessment on the part of the DOD no army in the world would hesitate to go head to head with the average American “soldier” . When your citizens join the military for “opportunities” there no longer is a warrior culture. Joining for the “opportunities” is a , what’s in it for me mentality .
    I am around the US military everyday. It is another form of welfare program. Clothing, living quarters, pay, health care, dental care, training, promotions and retirement. That is the mind set.
    Nothing like what is portrayed in the movies.

    • Agree: Joe Magarac
    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    @Juckett

    How, in your opinion, would the U.S. military perform if confronted with an Iwo Jima or Hurtgen Forest situation? These were hard enough campaigns for the much better motivated and cohesive U.S. military of 1944 and 1945.

    Replies: @JMcG

    , @epebble
    @Juckett

    Unfortunately, Some of the "technology" seems to be dud.


    Even by Pentagon terms, this was a dud: The disastrous saga of the F-35
    The military-industrial complex spent $2 trillion building a "flying Swiss Army knife." Now it's been shelved
    By LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT IV

    https://mediaproxy.salon.com/width/1200/https://media.salon.com/2021/02/f35-fighter-0226211.jpg

    U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning stealth fighter flies over the San Francisco Bay in San Francisco, California on October 13, 2019. (Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
    https://www.salon.com/2021/02/27/even-by-pentagon-terms-this-was-a-dud-the-disastrous-saga-of-the-f-35/
     

    Replies: @Jim Christian

  130. @PiltdownMan
    Do East Asian women just tend to smile less than Caucasian women? The Chinese ladies (a mom and daughters) at a local Asian convenience store are not unfriendly, but definitely have serious expressions when I interact with them; they're not smile-y people.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-08/01/content_26293807_3.htm

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jonathan Mason, @The Alarmist, @Marquis, @J.Ross, @nebulafox, @Anon, @Sidney

    I don’t think it it a white/Asian divide, strictly speaking: Eastern Europeans are no less reserved around strangers, and Austro-Polynesians (Indonesians, Filipinos) are notoriously smile happy. The real reason probably is that ladies aren’t wholly Americanized.

    I think it is more that Americans smile a lot in general. And part of this is sex: women are socially conditioned to smile more than men, and we implicitly expect that-when I was younger, I didn’t really appreciate how much pressure women felt to hide their true feelings. In Malay/Indonesian/Filipino culture, as it turns out, showing your true emotions is considered uncouth and immature, no matter who you are, so they’ll keep it hidden behind a placid smile. I suppose when you combine that with English skills, that’s why the service industry really likes Filipinas.

    • Thanks: PiltdownMan
  131. @Jonathan Mason
    @PiltdownMan

    Have you tried tickling them?

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    …they’re not smile-y people.

    Have you tried tickling them?

    I’m sure the President has.

    Unless they’re on the West Coast, where nobody bothered to campaign.

  132. @E. Rekshun
    a military increasingly dependent on women, and particularly Black women

    A black female coworker retired from the Army at age 38 after serving twenty years active duty. While serving, she had three children from her first soldier-husband and three more from her second soldier-husband, enjoying six months paid maternity leave for each of the six kids. In other words, she "worked" seventeen years but got paid for twenty.

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @Charles St. Charles

    “Six children, Sergeant, and still you managed to stay on ‘active duty’ in the Army for 20 years?

    “Well, Groucho, I just love the Army!”

    “Look, Sergeant Clymidia, I like my cigar too, but I take it out of my mouth every once in a while.”

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    @Gary in Gramercy

    Shouldn't that be Sergeant Chlamydia ? I thought she made you infertile ?

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy

  133. @Anon
    Do buns have to be tight? How about less tight buns? That would solve the (imaginary) hair loss epidemic.

    Replies: @Kylie, @Alden, @Reg Cæsar

    Do buns have to be tight? How about less tight buns?

    Our Army now has the most expansive buns in the world.

    Military preparedness:

    • LOL: Kylie
    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Reg Cæsar

    Not bad.

    , @Bill Jones
    @Reg Cæsar

    I didn't see the change in regulations covering facial hair. Mustaches are OK now for women?

  134. “It’s a matter of national defense,” Ms. Germano said. “We just don’t have enough male candidates to do the job.”

    We have more than enough men to do the job the Constitution requires of them. Requires, and allows.

  135. Anon[437] • Disclaimer says:
    @PiltdownMan
    Do East Asian women just tend to smile less than Caucasian women? The Chinese ladies (a mom and daughters) at a local Asian convenience store are not unfriendly, but definitely have serious expressions when I interact with them; they're not smile-y people.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-08/01/content_26293807_3.htm

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jonathan Mason, @The Alarmist, @Marquis, @J.Ross, @nebulafox, @Anon, @Sidney

    I think East Asians and Amerindians are generally more taciturn, introverted, and reserved. While blacks are generally the most extroverted, gregarious, talkative. In the US, it’s generally black service employees who are most eager and quick to strike up conversations, smile, laugh, etc. Whites are in between. There’s also regional variation in the US, with blacks in the South for example tending to be more publicly jovial than blacks on the coasts or in the north.

    There is a cultural component as well. Russians for example generally don’t smile in public:

    • Thanks: PiltdownMan
  136. @BB753
    Diversity and ponytails don't win wars. But what do I know? Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.

    Replies: @Discordiax, @res, @Mr. Anon, @Alice in Wonderland, @Known Fact, @Hypnotoad666, @Nona2

    “Diversity and ponytails don’t win wars. But what do I know? Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.”

    The only thing better than putting all of the above on the front line would be putting all of the ivy league students, parents and professors on the front line. They wouldn’t last long, but that is kinda the point.

    • Agree: Clyde
  137. @Reg Cæsar
    @Anon


    Do buns have to be tight? How about less tight buns?
     
    Our Army now has the most expansive buns in the world.



    https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/black-soldier-woman-standing-next-to-armored-missile-vehicle-black-soldier-woman-105982812.jpg


    Military preparedness:



    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/be/c8/40/bec840bafca62ddf5be1fdf70fe2521c.jpg

    Replies: @El Dato, @Bill Jones

    Not bad.

  138. @Anon
    File this under: news you will never see on iSteve.

    US 'Mysteriously' Sees Lowest Flu Season On Record During COVID Pandemic

    According to the CDC, the cumulative positive influenza test rate from late September into the week of December 19th was just 0.2%, compared to 8.7% from a year before.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/us-sees-lowest-flu-season-record-during-covid-pandemic

    Gee it's almost like, common causes of death like flu, pneumonia and cancer have been re-categorized to pump up the Covid numbers in order to make Trump look bad/ take away civil liberties. So weird!!
    And Steve actually accepts the official numbers like they mean anything!!!

    For a guy who's supposed to be data-driven, Steve isn't very data-driven.

    Replies: @El Dato

    If you are keeping COVID at bay through “social distancing”, where does everybody expect the less infectious fluflu to go to, exactly?

    What is mysterious about this? Nothing.

    “Mysteriously” would be seeing as much influenza impact as usually.

    It’s like keeping people away from vending machines and sugarbag supermarket aisles and see diabeetus mysteriously drop.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @El Dato


    What is mysterious about this? Nothing.
     
    What is mysterious is that they are both infections respiratory diseases, yet one is spreading despite social distancing, lockdowns, and mask-mandates and the other is not. Influenza's infectiousness is not zero. It's not that there is less influenza this year, it's that there is virtually none.
    , @Hamlet's Ghost
    @El Dato

    How much true "social distancing" do you actually see where you live? I don't see any in my neck of the woods. Almost everyone in the supermarket comes much closer than 6 ft. apart routinely. Does anyone even pay attention to those floor stickers to keep their distance?

  139. Excuse me if this repeats an earlier comment, as there are already 78 to read through at this point and that’s more than I have time for. What I just have to know is this: has our marvelous army issued any guidance on what hair products are permitted? I have in mind, of course, that staple product of black grooming everywhere: Gorilla Glue.

    • Replies: @Kolya Krassotkin
    @Reactionary Utopian

    https://youtu.be/eT6NUxmUrvk

  140. ACLU sez:

    As long as the government requires young people to register for the draft, requiring men but not women to do so is sex discrimination.

    Taking it even further, I think compulsory service would do a world of good for our nation’s fat chicks.

    Imagine fat chicks ordered to do 500 jumping jacks every morning! I’d love to have the drill instructor job for that detail! What other job are you laughing your ass off at 5 in the morning, every morning?!

    https://www.aclu.org/news/womens-rights/requiring-men-but-not-women-to-register-for-the-draft-is-sex-discrimination/

    • Replies: @raga10
    @zoos


    As long as the government requires young people to register for the draft, requiring men but not women to do so is sex discrimination.
     
    Well, duh - of course it is, by definition. Anyway, what is this problem everyone seems to have with women serving in military? Look up Dahomey women warriors one day... or female snipers Soviets used in WWII, they were extremely effective. Heck, look at Israel today, which does in fact conscript women and where women make up 30% of soldiers (much smaller percentage in combat roles, but still)... You can only wish your military had combat record as good as IDF!

    Replies: @Anonymous

  141. @ic1000
    @Altai

    > This is why antifa are so stupid.

    Based on their accomplishments to date, they are the farthest thing from stupid.

    I missed the Sopranos episode where Tony struggles with the implications of Dr. Melfi's counsel: "You know, not everybody can be a crime boss!"

    Replies: @El Dato, @Ray Huffman, @Guest

    Based on their accomplishments to date, they are the farthest thing from stupid.

    What they have accomplished is what is accomplished by delicate flowers which have grown in a hothouse in January.

    If it were not for the protection of the law enforcement apparatus, enraged vigilantes would be going around pulling gold teeth from their charred corpses.

  142. … In a military increasingly dependent on women, and particularly Black women, that is now changing.

    I will welcome the North Korean army when they arrive on the west coast. If I was immediately bayoneted, that’s fine. Better than living through 2021 America.

  143. @PiltdownMan
    @The Alarmist

    You left out the Israeli army.

    https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg/1024px-Flickr_-_Government_Press_Office_(GPO)_-_IDF_WOMEN_SOLDIERS_MARCHING.jpg

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @Skylark Thibedeau, @Rahan, @Jim Bob Lassiter, @Buzz Mohawk, @Mike Tre

    Lots of cankles in that photo.

  144. It may have been stated on this thread, but any country that sends its wives, mothers and daughters to war, deserves the assreaming and collapse that is coming.
    Our leaders are a bunch of spineless asswipes.

  145. @Reg Cæsar
    @Anon


    Do buns have to be tight? How about less tight buns?
     
    Our Army now has the most expansive buns in the world.



    https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/black-soldier-woman-standing-next-to-armored-missile-vehicle-black-soldier-woman-105982812.jpg


    Military preparedness:



    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/be/c8/40/bec840bafca62ddf5be1fdf70fe2521c.jpg

    Replies: @El Dato, @Bill Jones

    I didn’t see the change in regulations covering facial hair. Mustaches are OK now for women?

  146. @Bill H
    As long as the military continues to act as if it's mission is to provide (equal) employment opportunity for citizens who enjoy wearing a uniform, it will fail in its actual primary mission, which is to defend the nation against its enemies.

    Replies: @S. Anonyia, @dimples, @Bill H

    Well in all fairness the U.S military doesn’t do much “defense” these days, being the primary aggressor in all of the global conflicts it’s involved in. The mission hasn’t been defense of the nation for decades.

    • Agree: Joe Magarac
  147. This is starting to sound like Ignatius J. Reilly’s plan for world peace: have fashioned-obsessed homosexual men take over all the armies of the world and compete only at throwing the best fancy dress balls.

    New Orleans has an Ignatius J. Reilly statue, how cool is this! https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/ignatius-j-reilly-statueSteve, you have carved out a niche for yourself as America’s foremost expert on “World War Hair”. For this I salute you. Seriously. Women take their little broadcasting towers called hair-dos very seriously. Broadcasting to men usually. The laws of attraction. With blacks leading the pack.

  148. @J.Ross
    @Jonathan Mason

    Treaties are meaningless and the ugliest woman who ever lived took for granted that she could rely on male servants (this is demonstrated every hour in our military).
    As always you are a troll.

    Replies: @El Dato

    Treaties are meaningless

    Mostly only those of which the USA is part of.

    Not even the letter of the treaty survives the US political clown show.

  149. @Corn
    @Hibernian

    For real? Or are you just remembering that scene from Heartbreak Ridge?

    Replies: @Hibernian

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartbreak_Ridge

    I never saw Heartbreak Ridge. There was a real incident of soldiers using the civilian telephone system for tactical communications in this operation.

    https://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/that-time-a-soldier-used-a-payphone-to-call-back-to-the-us-to-get-artillery-support-in-grenada/

    Different sources say it was SEALS or Army paratroopers.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    @Hibernian

    Have you read Dan Gabriel's account of Grenada in his book Military Incompetence?
    ----------
    Know what Dan Gabriel does nowadays? Memes.

  150. @The Alarmist
    Presented without commentary:

    Russia

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/content/dam/news/2016/05/09/97394048_Russian-servicewomen-xlarge_trans++eo_i_u9APj8RuoebjoAHt0k9u7HhRJvuo-ZLenGRumA.jpg


    China

    https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2019/10/01/22/19175488-7526755-image-a-46_1569963726956.jpg


    North Korea

    https://images.newindianexpress.com/uploads/user/imagelibrary/2017/4/15/original/North_Korea_Founder_day_AFP_10.jpg


    USA


    http://www.calcasa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/military-women.jpg


    and their future officer corps

    https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2019_21/2870581/westpoint2_297fefad84b106a9d32a7402ab098e52.fit-760w.jpg

    Replies: @PiltdownMan, @Skylark Thibedeau, @unit472, @AndrewR, @Corn, @Alden, @nebulafox, @Wade Hampton, @CCZ

  151. No pictures posted of Gal Gadot in the IDF?

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Goatweed

    https://mortgageafterlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Gal-Gadot-IDF.jpg

  152. @res
    @BB753


    Diversity and ponytails don’t win wars.
     
    It will be interesting to see what happens to all of this if we ever again have a war which is perceived as an existential threat.

    Replies: @rebel yell, @Desiderius, @Neuday, @Dr. X

    The only thing that the powers-that-be think is an existential threat right now is 75 million Trump voters…

  153. @Gary in Gramercy
    @E. Rekshun

    "Six children, Sergeant, and still you managed to stay on 'active duty' in the Army for 20 years?

    "Well, Groucho, I just love the Army!"

    "Look, Sergeant Clymidia, I like my cigar too, but I take it out of my mouth every once in a while."

    Replies: @Verymuchalive

    Shouldn’t that be Sergeant Chlamydia ? I thought she made you infertile ?

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    @Verymuchalive

    You expect the sergeant (or, more likely, her mother) to spell "chlamydia" correctly?

  154. @BB753
    Diversity and ponytails don't win wars. But what do I know? Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.

    Replies: @Discordiax, @res, @Mr. Anon, @Alice in Wonderland, @Known Fact, @Hypnotoad666, @Nona2

    The Dysmorphic Dozen — coming to theaters this fall!

  155. @Tony massey
    @unit472

    You're pretty much wrong. I'm guessing you never served.
    The best officer i ever knew was a woman. She was a straight up cunt that would probably take your ass out. Gina was fucking fierce. Absolutely not to be fucked with.
    The best recruiting tool for young men...come get some pussy. If you can't get laid in the military i don't know what to think about ya. Chicks are giving it out.
    Must be the testerone.
    Everyone was fucking everyone.

    Replies: @unit472

    You are wrong and probably drunk too. I was an 11 Bravo 1971-73 stationed in Panama. When US based troops came down to train at the Jungle Warfare Center heat stroke was common. Like I said carrying a 23 lbs M-60, ammo, a two water bladders and the rest of your gear in a humid jungle full of ‘wait a minute vines’ was brutal. You could put a cigarette out by just pressing its against your sweat soaked fatigues. We had no female soldiers in the 193rd Infantry Brigade except a few armorers who didn’t deploy with the infantry. They couldn’t keep up.

  156. @Anon
    OT

    Why is the _Washington Post_ covering a non-local crime story about a black guy convicted of cocaine possession and dealing getting an early release and killing a local white woman?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/02/24/oklahoma-murder-neighbor-cook-heart/

    There are no photos, so the races are obscured. _The Daily Mail_ version has photos:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9294833/Oklahoma-triple-murder-suspect-cut-neighbors-heart-COOKED-it.html

    Apparently even the _Washington Post_ couldn't pass up the click bait of a guy cutting out his victim's heart and eating it.

    Which makes me wonder about his cocaine conviction. Prosecutors are in the habit of trying to close out cases without a trial by using a plea deal. They often will drop the most serious charges in exchange for a guilty plea for a more minor charge, plus jail time. Now with inmates being released early for Covid or reparations reasons, as this guy was, the people who later make the release decisions may not really know what the criminal did. Why do I have a feeling that this guy's crime was something more serious than cocaine possession?

    Replies: @CCZ

    “Anderson was first sentenced to prison in Oklahoma in 2006 for four years for attacking his girlfriend, pointing a gun at her and possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, records show. He was out in less than two years.

    He went back to prison in 2012 to serve a 15-year sentence for selling crack cocaine near an elementary school in Chickasha. He also was ordered to spend 20 years on probation after his release. He was out in less than five years and four months.

    He was sent back to prison in December 2017 to serve 20 more years when a judge both revoked his probation in full and sentenced him for new crimes.

    His probation violations included testing positive for PCP and cocaine use. His new crimes involved having a gun and sneaking PCP into jail.”

    Source:

    https://oklahoman.com/article/5682165/chickasha-triple-murder-suspect-was-released-last-month-after-serving-3-years-of-a-20-year-prison-sentence

  157. @Redneck farmer
    So are they going to bring back the 80s recruitment slogan, "Be all that you can be"?

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Anon7, @Hypnotoad666, @Oscar Peterson

    So are they going to bring back the 80s recruitment slogan, “Be all that you can be”?

    Or maybe Bill Murray’s slogan from Stripes: “We’re all Mutants!”

    • Replies: @George
    @Hypnotoad666

    @1:20 "We're 10 and 1" maybe that needs to be updated to "We're 10 and 2 or 3 or ..."

  158. @Alden
    @Anon

    For years I wore my hair secured in a tight ponytail with the hair sectioned and twisted into various styles of buns. No hair loss whatsoever. It’s still extra thick.

    An army of black women. Words fail. What about the height weight standards? There’s so few 5’4 5’6 black women less than 180 200 pounds. There’s 2 at my local post office about 5’5 250 pounds. They have to stand all day as they don’t fit on those little stools.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @J.Ross

    I didn’t know you’re a woman. With most commenters, it’s straightforward, but Alden isn’t the most obvious female pseudonym.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Verymuchalive

    Surname before I was married.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive

  159. @Buzz Mohawk
    @PiltdownMan

    What? That's just an average day on the Upper East Side.

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @PiltdownMan

    Upper West Side …

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @The Alarmist

    Both now?

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @The Alarmist

  160. @BB753
    Diversity and ponytails don't win wars. But what do I know? Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.

    Replies: @Discordiax, @res, @Mr. Anon, @Alice in Wonderland, @Known Fact, @Hypnotoad666, @Nona2

    Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.

    Maybe the Army could make “Social Justice Warrior” into a literal thing. I don’t know if they had a tranny corps, but the Greeks (of course) had gay special forces.

    The Sacred Band was an elite military unit from Thebes comprising 150 gay couples. At the Battle of Leuctra in 371 BC, these 300 gay warriors led the Theban army against the Spartan army. The Thebans won and shattered the Spartan control of Greece.

    The Thebans believed gay warriors fought better in order to impress and protect their lovers. If a lover fell during a battle, his partner would fight even harder to avenge his death. https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/sacred-band-of-thebes-4d3ae20987ec

    • Replies: @CCZ
    @Hypnotoad666

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2ecasPqhgk

    , @BB753
    @Hypnotoad666

    "Tranny Corps"? I'm all for it.

  161. @The Alarmist
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Upper West Side ...

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    Both now?

    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    @Buzz Mohawk

    "I've looked at Jews from both Sides now,

    "The East, the West -- the worst, the best;

    "The women nagging, I recall,

    "I really can't stand Jews...at all."

    --- (Not) Joni Mitchell

    , @The Alarmist
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Possibly. I had Jewish neighbours on the UES, but most aspired to moving to the UWS. During my day, the UES was a big draw for the EuroTrash and Brasilians, and still had most of the heteronorm WASPS in the city.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

  162. anon[206] • Disclaimer says:

    It won’t be long before negroes are allowed to further express their blackness by decorating their machine guns with African motifs and can go into battle wearing traditional African attire. To further express their African identity, all training will be done in ways that embrace African cultural norms, no training will be done before noon and sideways shooting will be preferred norm for those soldiers of African descent. To relieve the stress that Africans face daily in the army because of the entrenched patriarchy and white supremacy, an anti-drug policy will no longer be enforced.

  163. They should require all military personnel to have their heads shaved bald. That would put an end to all of this bullshit once and for all.

  164. @Altai

    It shows that the Army is recognizing we can be soldiers and still be ourselves
     
    Literally the whole point of professional military training is teaching you to be a soldier and not 'yourself'.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5-dkvfJfWI

    Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I'd say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it's not because they can 'be themselves'.

    Replies: @By-tor, @Not Raul, @Old and Grumpy, @Mike Tre, @Bill H, @Polistra, @Anon, @Rapparee

    I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional

    No idea where you got that notion. But on the topic of female empowerment, can you imagine if the Speaker of the House were a man and–when confronted with two successive female presidents–demanded that they each surrender the nuclear launch codes to him?

    How might our vaunted MSM respond to that? “Yo go gurrl?”

  165. Anon[206] • Disclaimer says:
    @Altai

    It shows that the Army is recognizing we can be soldiers and still be ourselves
     
    Literally the whole point of professional military training is teaching you to be a soldier and not 'yourself'.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5-dkvfJfWI

    Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I'd say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it's not because they can 'be themselves'.

    Replies: @By-tor, @Not Raul, @Old and Grumpy, @Mike Tre, @Bill H, @Polistra, @Anon, @Rapparee

    “Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’. ”

    I think the person who said that quote has been watching watching too many movies about WW2. The real truth is that the modern US military is like some of the old TV military comedies like Bilko, Gomer Pyle, or McHale’s Navy. The US military is a joke and the only thing that gives them power is their fancy push button weapons of destruction. The government knows that there is little chance of them actually ever getting into an infantry war so they keep this clown show going to placate the uppity negroes who can’t do anything of any value for the military or society in general so it’s kept as a babysitting service to take pressure off the jails. If the US military ever had to go face-to-face in a land based infantry war with a real army like the Russians or the Chinese, their motley collection of obese blacks, trannies, and lesbians would be annihilated in the first hour of battle.

    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
    @Anon

    Change the uniforms to American and add some dusky faces, and John Cleese shows us the state of the mighty US military:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC99LUavd-0

    , @Resartus
    @Anon


    “Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’. ”
     
    For my 20 years in the US Army, anything involving tactical training or actual shooting,
    I wanted to be as far away from the people that could march as possible.....
    The real fighting soldiers couldn't march worth a crap.....

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @J.Ross

    , @Alden
    @Anon

    OMG baby sitting service to keep pressure off the jails. LOL, almost fell off the couch laughing. What about the VA? I drive through one on my way home all the time. It’s a fat black women full employment program.

    More tales from the probation and district attorney’s office. We were very happy when the Navy base on San Francisco’s Treasure Island closed down. The rape statistics in the city just went way way down once the navy scum left town.

    Army crime from the Presidio base was mostly black officers wives shoplifting in the expensive stores. Grand theft, not petty theft.

  166. @Juckett
    The US Military relies on its' technology to get the upper hand against whomever it deems an adversary. The US military personnel are trained to push buttons and mimic procedures and actions utilizing said technology. The days of peer to peer armies on battlefields is probably gone. If not for that assessment on the part of the DOD no army in the world would hesitate to go head to head with the average American "soldier" . When your citizens join the military for "opportunities" there no longer is a warrior culture. Joining for the "opportunities" is a , what's in it for me mentality .
    I am around the US military everyday. It is another form of welfare program. Clothing, living quarters, pay, health care, dental care, training, promotions and retirement. That is the mind set.
    Nothing like what is portrayed in the movies.

    Replies: @Diversity Heretic, @epebble

    How, in your opinion, would the U.S. military perform if confronted with an Iwo Jima or Hurtgen Forest situation? These were hard enough campaigns for the much better motivated and cohesive U.S. military of 1944 and 1945.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Diversity Heretic

    The US Military was absolutely more cohesive in the latter stages of WWII, but I’m not sure that they were very well motivated. The accounts I’ve read, of Hurtgen Forest especially, are marked by a hatred for the US command almost as strong as for the Germans. The men in non-elite line formations wanted only to go home.
    About the Marines, I’m less sure. They seem to have developed a real hatred for the Japs by Iwo Jima.
    I take your overall point, though. They were light years ahead of where we are now.

  167. @Tony massey
    @Steve Sailer

    I doubt anymore than 3% since ww2 have been trigger pullers.
    I served during, "be all you can be", "army of one", and what i like to call, " soldiers of the sand".
    It's a sensible policy.
    2 of the best soldiers I've ever known were chicks. Shout out to ski and Mel.
    OT...i just have to get this out there. I fucked about 50 Army chicks, 1 Marine and 1 sailor. Good times fellas. Good times.
    And, yes, i was a much bigger whore than they.
    Let them wear their hair the way they want.
    Truly, imo, be it ever so humble, bitches are more ruthless than the schlongs that are always trying to get in their bdu's.
    What i wouldn't give to go back.
    That's especially true for you Stacey, wherever you may be. Hmm...oh, that Stacey.
    Let'em wear their hair the way they want. And, fuck it, put them behind the trigger. Just takes heart.
    And anyone that feels differently...go fuck yourself.

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    That’s especially true for you Stacey, wherever you may be. Hmm…oh, that Stacey.

    You sure it isn’t Stacy’s mom you’re thinking about?

    • LOL: Hibernian
  168. @Hypnotoad666
    @BB753


    Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.
     
    Maybe the Army could make "Social Justice Warrior" into a literal thing. I don't know if they had a tranny corps, but the Greeks (of course) had gay special forces.

    The Sacred Band was an elite military unit from Thebes comprising 150 gay couples. At the Battle of Leuctra in 371 BC, these 300 gay warriors led the Theban army against the Spartan army. The Thebans won and shattered the Spartan control of Greece.

    The Thebans believed gay warriors fought better in order to impress and protect their lovers. If a lover fell during a battle, his partner would fight even harder to avenge his death. https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/sacred-band-of-thebes-4d3ae20987ec
     

    Replies: @CCZ, @BB753

  169. The military has developed an especially outsize reliance on Black women

    Bad operational planning.

  170. @Dumbo

    The military has developed an especially outsize reliance on Black women
     
    China and Russia are doomed.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nxhDhHl1ShM/UZFFgG2lk8I/AAAAAAAAADg/lgQA1qwac6c/s320/sassy+black+woman.jpg

    P.S. Shouldn't it read "a reliance on outsized Black women"?

    Replies: @El Dato, @AndrewR, @Charles St. Charles, @Alden, @njguy73, @Hamlet's Ghost, @Oscar Peterson, @BB753

    Maybe the military should be recruiting white women. Get them to storm into other countries, demanding to speak to the manager.

    • LOL: Hibernian
  171. This shouldn’t be a huge surprise. The military has always been far out ahead of the public in terms of gender issues. Remember when Elaine Donnelly was pushing to end women in as many military positions? Her biggest opponent was the military brass.

  172. @AndrewR
    @syonredux

    Human linguistic limitations prevent me from being able to fully express my hatred for this wretched empire in written form.

    Replies: @Paperback Writer

    Try.

  173. Odd about that hair thing.

    In real dirty war, front line stuff, the buzz cut was often mandatory. Lice.

    Which is why the 50s look was also buzz cut (Dads insisted the only manly cut). WWII vets.

    That’s one giveaway about Hollywood fake WWII movies. The haircuts were not Hollywood styled, but buzzed in reality.

    In a real war, if or when, the haircut BS would end overnight. Men and women, or “other’. Lice don’t discriminate.

    Of course recruitment ads don’t mention lice much, or stink and death either.

  174. What kind of woman joins the military anyway? Lynndie England types? It’s an employment/welfare program for many and especially for those claiming to be female. They’re not going to fight anyone so no need to worry about that. We’re running out of weak countries to attack.

  175. @Hypnotoad666
    @Redneck farmer


    So are they going to bring back the 80s recruitment slogan, “Be all that you can be”?
     
    Or maybe Bill Murray's slogan from Stripes: "We're all Mutants!"

    https://youtu.be/YXjqTyQuq4w

    Replies: @George

    @1:20 “We’re 10 and 1” maybe that needs to be updated to “We’re 10 and 2 or 3 or …”

  176. @Buzz Mohawk
    @The Alarmist

    Both now?

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @The Alarmist

    “I’ve looked at Jews from both Sides now,

    “The East, the West — the worst, the best;

    “The women nagging, I recall,

    “I really can’t stand Jews…at all.”

    — (Not) Joni Mitchell

    • LOL: JMcG
  177. @Bill H
    As long as the military continues to act as if it's mission is to provide (equal) employment opportunity for citizens who enjoy wearing a uniform, it will fail in its actual primary mission, which is to defend the nation against its enemies.

    Replies: @S. Anonyia, @dimples, @Bill H

    The US doesn’t really have enemies. Never has, not even in the Good War, since the war on Japan was engineered by Roosevelt.

  178. @Verymuchalive
    @Gary in Gramercy

    Shouldn't that be Sergeant Chlamydia ? I thought she made you infertile ?

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy

    You expect the sergeant (or, more likely, her mother) to spell “chlamydia” correctly?

    • Agree: Verymuchalive
  179. Isn’t all this separate hair styles for women thing ridiculous heteronormative and gender-conforming?

    They are soldiers. Messing with hair is a distraction. What the hell is a problem with buzz cuts for all?

  180. @Reactionary Utopian
    Excuse me if this repeats an earlier comment, as there are already 78 to read through at this point and that's more than I have time for. What I just have to know is this: has our marvelous army issued any guidance on what hair products are permitted? I have in mind, of course, that staple product of black grooming everywhere: Gorilla Glue.

    Replies: @Kolya Krassotkin

  181. @zoos
    ACLU sez:

    As long as the government requires young people to register for the draft, requiring men but not women to do so is sex discrimination.

    Taking it even further, I think compulsory service would do a world of good for our nation's fat chicks.

    Imagine fat chicks ordered to do 500 jumping jacks every morning! I’d love to have the drill instructor job for that detail! What other job are you laughing your ass off at 5 in the morning, every morning?!

    https://www.aclu.org/news/womens-rights/requiring-men-but-not-women-to-register-for-the-draft-is-sex-discrimination/

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-OAt52OgMHZs/TYGRPWiktSI/AAAAAAAAB0w/fzrRDG2enC4/s1600/female_acu.jpg

    Replies: @raga10

    As long as the government requires young people to register for the draft, requiring men but not women to do so is sex discrimination.

    Well, duh – of course it is, by definition. Anyway, what is this problem everyone seems to have with women serving in military? Look up Dahomey women warriors one day… or female snipers Soviets used in WWII, they were extremely effective. Heck, look at Israel today, which does in fact conscript women and where women make up 30% of soldiers (much smaller percentage in combat roles, but still)… You can only wish your military had combat record as good as IDF!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @raga10


    Heck, look at Israel today, which does in fact conscript women and where women make up 30% of soldiers (much smaller percentage in combat roles, but still)… You can only wish your military had combat record as good as IDF!
     
    That’s easy when you have the US military at your disposal to attack your strongest rivals.

    Replies: @raga10

  182. Two things I noticed:

    Now that it’s combat-safe (remember gas masks, lice and other infestations, etc.?) for women soldiers to maintain ponytails and such, it must also be safe for male soldiers to do the same. If not, I foresee a discrimination issue . . .

    Oh, let’s not forget the other 60+ genders and their desires.

    The other thing is that the reported makeup of the panel who made the recommendations was decidedly short on the male soldier side. Given the make-up of the Army, it would seem that the panel should reflect the same percentages as the military population which it (allegedly) served. That additional failure by the military leadership – and the Perfumed Princes in the Puzzle Palace – adds impetus to any lawsuit which will certainly be filed at some future point.

    Although there could be an opportunity for profit here; if someone were to design and market helmets and other headgear with ponytail and long-straight-hair enhancements. Who wants to bet that someone in the Procurement chain has not already thought that through, and advised the various Generals of the need for investment?

  183. @Anon
    @Altai

    "Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’. "

    I think the person who said that quote has been watching watching too many movies about WW2. The real truth is that the modern US military is like some of the old TV military comedies like Bilko, Gomer Pyle, or McHale's Navy. The US military is a joke and the only thing that gives them power is their fancy push button weapons of destruction. The government knows that there is little chance of them actually ever getting into an infantry war so they keep this clown show going to placate the uppity negroes who can't do anything of any value for the military or society in general so it's kept as a babysitting service to take pressure off the jails. If the US military ever had to go face-to-face in a land based infantry war with a real army like the Russians or the Chinese, their motley collection of obese blacks, trannies, and lesbians would be annihilated in the first hour of battle.

    Replies: @Buck Ransom, @Resartus, @Alden

    Change the uniforms to American and add some dusky faces, and John Cleese shows us the state of the mighty US military:

  184. @Anon
    @Altai

    "Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’. "

    I think the person who said that quote has been watching watching too many movies about WW2. The real truth is that the modern US military is like some of the old TV military comedies like Bilko, Gomer Pyle, or McHale's Navy. The US military is a joke and the only thing that gives them power is their fancy push button weapons of destruction. The government knows that there is little chance of them actually ever getting into an infantry war so they keep this clown show going to placate the uppity negroes who can't do anything of any value for the military or society in general so it's kept as a babysitting service to take pressure off the jails. If the US military ever had to go face-to-face in a land based infantry war with a real army like the Russians or the Chinese, their motley collection of obese blacks, trannies, and lesbians would be annihilated in the first hour of battle.

    Replies: @Buck Ransom, @Resartus, @Alden

    “Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’. ”

    For my 20 years in the US Army, anything involving tactical training or actual shooting,
    I wanted to be as far away from the people that could march as possible…..
    The real fighting soldiers couldn’t march worth a crap…..

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @Resartus


    For my 20 years in the US Army, anything involving tactical training or actual shooting
     

    The Rifleman’s Quarter-Mile

    So, if you are able to do that, you can engage a man size target, in theory…without ballistics…you can shoot well enough to engage a man sized target out to 500 yards. That’s what Appleseed talks about…the “rifleman’s quarter-mile.”

    So, at Appleseed, they’re getting you to shoot in different positions with the goal of getting you to that 4 MOA standard…They have a very streamlined way to teach it and will teach anyone who shows up with a rifle and any type of sights, whatever they happen to have. They get them from shooting all over the place to shooting at 4 MOA. So, you go and get taught all the things that you need to do to shoot well…

    Before Appleseed…
    So, I went to Korea and then Iraq…where we did the invasion of Iraq. That was the first time I ever started pointing guns at people and actually shooting people.

    There, we found out quickly that we couldn’t shoot very well. And that realization started me on a path. I started paying a lot more attention to shooting. At first that just meant applying Army stuff and trying to shoot better. Unfortunately, what I didn’t know at that time was that it was woefully inadequate.

    So, a lot of what Ash says is something we have been saying here since 2012. No surprise there. It doesn’t take a COMMANDO OPERATOR to know that most of the piss poor performance of the Army’s marksmanship is from. None of us have been to Senior Leaders Assault Urban Rappel Course though, so we might not be able to be trusted about rifle marksmanship fundamentals.

    https://www.arbuildjunkie.com/ash-hess-marksmanship-choosing-the-right-ar/

    http://looserounds.com/2019/10/25/qa-with-guy-who-re-wrote-army-marksmanship-manual/
     

    Replies: @Guest

    , @J.Ross
    @Resartus

    Just a slight Slavophilic note: Russian soldiers train with live ammo.

  185. Capt. Jawana McFadden

    “Jawana repeat that, soldier? I can’t heeeear you!

    “Get down! Give me fifty!”

    Jawana McFadden = Damn face– and jaw!

  186. @Buzz Mohawk
    @PiltdownMan

    What? That's just an average day on the Upper East Side.

    Replies: @The Alarmist, @PiltdownMan

    You got it. Thanks!

  187. @Juckett
    The US Military relies on its' technology to get the upper hand against whomever it deems an adversary. The US military personnel are trained to push buttons and mimic procedures and actions utilizing said technology. The days of peer to peer armies on battlefields is probably gone. If not for that assessment on the part of the DOD no army in the world would hesitate to go head to head with the average American "soldier" . When your citizens join the military for "opportunities" there no longer is a warrior culture. Joining for the "opportunities" is a , what's in it for me mentality .
    I am around the US military everyday. It is another form of welfare program. Clothing, living quarters, pay, health care, dental care, training, promotions and retirement. That is the mind set.
    Nothing like what is portrayed in the movies.

    Replies: @Diversity Heretic, @epebble

    Unfortunately, Some of the “technology” seems to be dud.

    Even by Pentagon terms, this was a dud: The disastrous saga of the F-35
    The military-industrial complex spent $2 trillion building a “flying Swiss Army knife.” Now it’s been shelved
    By LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT IV

    U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning stealth fighter flies over the San Francisco Bay in San Francisco, California on October 13, 2019. (Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
    https://www.salon.com/2021/02/27/even-by-pentagon-terms-this-was-a-dud-the-disastrous-saga-of-the-f-35/

    • Thanks: Jim Christian
    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    @epebble

    Shhhhh! And never ever talk in such fashion about USS Ford.

    Replies: @epebble

  188. Buzz cuts for all.

    No cosmetics allowed, only camo face paint is allowed when required for an op.

    For whom are they trying to be attractive? Reverse sexual harassment?

  189. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/incelswiki/status/1365348434220355587

    Replies: @Whiskey

    One of the things Covid panic has done is shut down bars, live performances, coffee shops etc. where a dude could be possibly not in the top 10% of looks and social status and still pull girls by charisma, charm, accomplishment (singing, playing an instrument) etc.

    So its now all online, all the time. We have shifted dramatically, in just a few years, where pretty much most young men are doomed to be incels. The amount of hostility this is already breeding among young men towards women is likely to transform society as well.

    The West was built on White homogeneity, the nuclear family, rule of law, and a relatively small but efficient state to deliver national defense. None of that applies and while there are any number of reactionary fantasies that can never happen, the actual building of what replaces Western society is still up in the air.

    What are the 90% of men out of the top 10% in looks and status going to do? Who will be their social group, their leaders, what will their attitudes be? I think out of all of the writers, thinkers, etc. Robert E. Howard likely captured the future best. The future will not just be pre-modern, but pre-Antiquity. Barbarian.

  190. @El Dato
    @Anon

    If you are keeping COVID at bay through "social distancing", where does everybody expect the less infectious fluflu to go to, exactly?

    What is mysterious about this? Nothing.

    "Mysteriously" would be seeing as much influenza impact as usually.

    It's like keeping people away from vending machines and sugarbag supermarket aisles and see diabeetus mysteriously drop.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Hamlet's Ghost

    What is mysterious about this? Nothing.

    What is mysterious is that they are both infections respiratory diseases, yet one is spreading despite social distancing, lockdowns, and mask-mandates and the other is not. Influenza’s infectiousness is not zero. It’s not that there is less influenza this year, it’s that there is virtually none.

  191. @Mr. Anon
    So, have we won a war recently?

    Replies: @SaneClownPosse

    No wins, but no losses, as the US will never pull out, ever again. No more Saigon 1975.

    It’s not a loss, if you don’t quit!

    PS, If you can’t tell the friendlies apart from the unfriendlies, what chance do you have of achieving a victorious end?

    “Kill Them All, Let God Sort Them Out.”

  192. @JMcG
    @Thomas

    The Air Force just removed all references to men from their official song, The Wild Blue Yonder.

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Achmed E. Newman

    In 2003, the Chair force removed the words “Bring Me Men…”, the opening words in the 1894 poem “The Coming American” from poet Sam Walter Foss from the parade ground at the AF Academy, where it had been since the Academy’s inception.

  193. @The Alarmist
    @PiltdownMan

    They’re not part of the Axis of Evil ... at least not the official one.

    I did try to find Iranians, but didn’t immediately find any females in uniform.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    I did try to find Iranians, but didn’t immediately find any females in uniform.

    The Flying Nun…….Islamic style:

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @Mr. Anon

    Well done :)

    I wonder if any of our GI Janes can do that.

  194. What do women “soldiers” need helmets for, anyway?

  195. @E. Rekshun
    a military increasingly dependent on women, and particularly Black women

    A black female coworker retired from the Army at age 38 after serving twenty years active duty. While serving, she had three children from her first soldier-husband and three more from her second soldier-husband, enjoying six months paid maternity leave for each of the six kids. In other words, she "worked" seventeen years but got paid for twenty.

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @Charles St. Charles

    A black female coworker retired from the Army at age 38 after serving twenty years active duty. While serving, she had three children from her first soldier-husband and three more from her second soldier-husband, enjoying six months paid maternity leave for each of the six kids. In other words, she “worked” seventeen years but got paid for twenty.

    1. You’re assuming she “worked” for 17 years when I would guess, based on three decades experience in the Army, she avoided work whenever she could.

    2. US Military personnel get 30 days paid vacation per year, unlimited sick days, and more holidays than you can imagine. So at the very least, you get a whole year off every 12 years.

    3. You’re ignoring the “value” she added to our nation by creating six more blacks. Which is statistically probably a net cost, not a benefit.

    • Agree: E. Rekshun
  196. @Dumbo

    The military has developed an especially outsize reliance on Black women
     
    China and Russia are doomed.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nxhDhHl1ShM/UZFFgG2lk8I/AAAAAAAAADg/lgQA1qwac6c/s320/sassy+black+woman.jpg

    P.S. Shouldn't it read "a reliance on outsized Black women"?

    Replies: @El Dato, @AndrewR, @Charles St. Charles, @Alden, @njguy73, @Hamlet's Ghost, @Oscar Peterson, @BB753

    Actually it’s the other way around.

    Black women are overwhelmingly dependent on the army to give them a steady paycheck and outstanding benefits, including that golden ring of retirement after putting in 20 years sitting on their asses all day.

    The US armed services are one of the biggest, most bloated welfare agencies in the government.

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
    @Hamlet's Ghost

    And don't forget how many of these lazy lump lard arses retire and apply for "disability". Not the legit claims--those are dwarfed by the BS claims. The amount of military personnel on phony disability these days is a national scandal that few outsiders know about and none dare touch.

    "Thank you for your service". LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.

  197. @El Dato
    @Anon

    If you are keeping COVID at bay through "social distancing", where does everybody expect the less infectious fluflu to go to, exactly?

    What is mysterious about this? Nothing.

    "Mysteriously" would be seeing as much influenza impact as usually.

    It's like keeping people away from vending machines and sugarbag supermarket aisles and see diabeetus mysteriously drop.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @Hamlet's Ghost

    How much true “social distancing” do you actually see where you live? I don’t see any in my neck of the woods. Almost everyone in the supermarket comes much closer than 6 ft. apart routinely. Does anyone even pay attention to those floor stickers to keep their distance?

  198. The US Military is complex. The Marines, the Army, have been fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq and other places for the last 20 years. So in various small unit operations, against enemies without any air cover or artillery and armor (like Trump voters) they are very good.

    However, the constant deployments, the toll IEDs and other improvised devices took (and to a degree still do though troop carrier protection is far better than in the early 2000s) has caused a great deal of attrition since the 9/11 enlistment surge. Many of the experienced officers and non coms are now retired. Infantry is a capable force, but far less so than likely its peak in around 2007-8. And against a peer competitor like Russia or China or Iran in and around the Gulf likely to face defeats without complete air cover. Counter-battery fire for example has been neglected.

    The US Navy is hopeless, its a dead force moving. The Chinese and Iranians can not challenge in the deep ocean but can get coastal and near coastal dominance. The Navy can’t even keep its ships from running aground or being a total loss at dry dock due to disgruntled sailors.

    The Air Force has been flying missions non-stop since 2001. It has performed well, but has not been tested against peer or near pear forces since the Vietnam War. Its air frames are aging and there are no replacements for key planes: the tankers, the AC-10 Warthog, the F-15/F-16, the B-52. The F-35 is a total failure, the F-22 was built in only small quantities.

    Unlike in WWII, the US has now very limited industrial capacity. If most of its front line fighters and ships and tanks were wiped out, we would not be able to replace them for decades.

    • Agree: JMcG
  199. @Hamlet's Ghost
    @Dumbo

    Actually it's the other way around.

    Black women are overwhelmingly dependent on the army to give them a steady paycheck and outstanding benefits, including that golden ring of retirement after putting in 20 years sitting on their asses all day.

    The US armed services are one of the biggest, most bloated welfare agencies in the government.

    Replies: @AceDeuce

    And don’t forget how many of these lazy lump lard arses retire and apply for “disability”. Not the legit claims–those are dwarfed by the BS claims. The amount of military personnel on phony disability these days is a national scandal that few outsiders know about and none dare touch.

    “Thank you for your service”. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.

    • Agree: beavertales, Alden
  200. Anonymous[354] • Disclaimer says:
    @raga10
    @zoos


    As long as the government requires young people to register for the draft, requiring men but not women to do so is sex discrimination.
     
    Well, duh - of course it is, by definition. Anyway, what is this problem everyone seems to have with women serving in military? Look up Dahomey women warriors one day... or female snipers Soviets used in WWII, they were extremely effective. Heck, look at Israel today, which does in fact conscript women and where women make up 30% of soldiers (much smaller percentage in combat roles, but still)... You can only wish your military had combat record as good as IDF!

    Replies: @Anonymous

    Heck, look at Israel today, which does in fact conscript women and where women make up 30% of soldiers (much smaller percentage in combat roles, but still)… You can only wish your military had combat record as good as IDF!

    That’s easy when you have the US military at your disposal to attack your strongest rivals.

    • Replies: @raga10
    @Anonymous


    That’s easy when you have the US military at your disposal to attack your strongest rivals.
     
    US was not directly involved in 1948 war, six-day war or Yom Kippur war. US did and still does provide a lot of hardware to Israel but hardware alone doesn't win wars - for a proof of that you only have to look across the desert at Saudi Arabia who are one of the biggest military spenders in the world yet are complete joke in practice. (despite not having any women in service, as far as I know)

    Replies: @JMcG, @anon

  201. @Diversity Heretic
    @Juckett

    How, in your opinion, would the U.S. military perform if confronted with an Iwo Jima or Hurtgen Forest situation? These were hard enough campaigns for the much better motivated and cohesive U.S. military of 1944 and 1945.

    Replies: @JMcG

    The US Military was absolutely more cohesive in the latter stages of WWII, but I’m not sure that they were very well motivated. The accounts I’ve read, of Hurtgen Forest especially, are marked by a hatred for the US command almost as strong as for the Germans. The men in non-elite line formations wanted only to go home.
    About the Marines, I’m less sure. They seem to have developed a real hatred for the Japs by Iwo Jima.
    I take your overall point, though. They were light years ahead of where we are now.

  202. @Anonymous
    @raga10


    Heck, look at Israel today, which does in fact conscript women and where women make up 30% of soldiers (much smaller percentage in combat roles, but still)… You can only wish your military had combat record as good as IDF!
     
    That’s easy when you have the US military at your disposal to attack your strongest rivals.

    Replies: @raga10

    That’s easy when you have the US military at your disposal to attack your strongest rivals.

    US was not directly involved in 1948 war, six-day war or Yom Kippur war. US did and still does provide a lot of hardware to Israel but hardware alone doesn’t win wars – for a proof of that you only have to look across the desert at Saudi Arabia who are one of the biggest military spenders in the world yet are complete joke in practice. (despite not having any women in service, as far as I know)

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @raga10

    It’s mostly unremarked, but the US pulled out all the stops to supply the Israelis in ‘73. It was called operation Nickel Grass.
    The Israelis ostentatiously assembled some of their nukes, giving Kissinger an excuse to fly tons and tons of materiel to the Israelis. Nukes that were constructed from fissionable material stolen from the US in the 60’s. Five years after Israel tried, and nearly succeeded, sinking the USS Liberty in International waters.
    This, of course, resulted in the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973.
    The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was nearly forced out because he remarked that Jews controlled the US Banking system.

    Replies: @Wielgus

    , @anon
    @raga10



    That’s easy when you have the US military at your disposal to attack your strongest rivals.
     
    US was not directly involved in 1948 war, six-day war or Yom Kippur war.
     
    Indirectly involved in those, and directly involved against Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, and in buying off Egypt.

    Nice try.
  203. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/WanqingZhang65/status/1365233212478251009

    Replies: @ic1000, @Dmon, @El Dato, @Nona

    China is not wrong!

  204. @epebble
    @Juckett

    Unfortunately, Some of the "technology" seems to be dud.


    Even by Pentagon terms, this was a dud: The disastrous saga of the F-35
    The military-industrial complex spent $2 trillion building a "flying Swiss Army knife." Now it's been shelved
    By LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT IV

    https://mediaproxy.salon.com/width/1200/https://media.salon.com/2021/02/f35-fighter-0226211.jpg

    U.S. Air Force Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning stealth fighter flies over the San Francisco Bay in San Francisco, California on October 13, 2019. (Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
    https://www.salon.com/2021/02/27/even-by-pentagon-terms-this-was-a-dud-the-disastrous-saga-of-the-f-35/
     

    Replies: @Jim Christian

    Shhhhh! And never ever talk in such fashion about USS Ford.

    • Replies: @epebble
    @Jim Christian

    Yep, Another example of "technology"


    U.S. Navy’s New $13 Billion Aircraft Carrier Struggles to Fly and Land Planes

    The newest and costliest U.S. aircraft carrier, praised by President Donald Trump and delivered to the Navy on May 31 with fanfare, has been dogged by trouble with fundamentals: launching jets from its deck and catching them when they land.

    Now, it turns out that the system used to capture jets landing on the USS Gerald R. Ford ballooned in cost, tripling to $961 million from $301 million, according to Navy documents obtained by Bloomberg News.

    While the Navy says the landing system has been fixed, the next-generation carrier built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. still hasn’t been cleared to launch F/A-18 jets carrying a full complement of fuel tanks under their wings, a handicap that could limit their effectiveness in combat.

    https://gcaptain.com/u-s-navys-new-13-billion-aircraft-carrier-struggles-fly-land-planes/
     
    More ...

    US Navy’s first 4 littoral combat ships to leave the fleet in 9 months

    The Navy’s first four littoral combat ships will be headed into mothballs next March, according to a June 20 message from the chief of naval operations.

    The littoral combat ships Freedom, Independence, Fort Worth and Coronado will all be inactivated on March 31, 2021, with Coronado being commissioned just six years ago.

    The Navy decided to cut the ships to save money on modernization efforts as it faces a mountain of shipbuilding bills and upgrade costs.

    https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2020/07/01/the-us-navys-first-4-littoral-combat-ships-are-out-of-the-fleet-in-9-months/

     


    Air Force Says KC-46 Is A “Lemon” That It’s Trying To Make Lemonade Out Of

    The Air Force is evaluating using the Pegasus for limited operational missions, but it’s still years away from providing its intended mission set.

    The U.S. Air Force has described its bedeviled KC-46A Pegasus tanker as a “lemon,” amid ongoing problems that prevent it from performing its primary aerial refueling mission on a day-to-day basis. Now the Air Force is trying to find other ways to make use of these aircraft, of which it has already received 42 examples located at four operating bases.

    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39047/air-force-says-kc-46-is-a-lemon-that-its-trying-to-make-lemonade-out-of
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jim Christian, @The Alarmist

  205. @Buzz Mohawk
    @The Alarmist

    Both now?

    Replies: @Gary in Gramercy, @The Alarmist

    Possibly. I had Jewish neighbours on the UES, but most aspired to moving to the UWS. During my day, the UES was a big draw for the EuroTrash and Brasilians, and still had most of the heteronorm WASPS in the city.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @The Alarmist

    Interesting. Thanks.

    I've always seen the UWS as a bohemian box of chocolates, sometimes had to go to work there, but I'm getting old...

  206. @Mr. Anon
    @The Alarmist


    I did try to find Iranians, but didn’t immediately find any females in uniform.
     
    The Flying Nun.......Islamic style:

    https://64.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3upk88pFT1r9khx4o1_400.jpg

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/4a/ab/ab/4aabab931c92b0a52ca376e391bfbc87.jpg

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    Well done 🙂

    I wonder if any of our GI Janes can do that.

  207. @Goatweed
    No pictures posted of Gal Gadot in the IDF?

    Replies: @The Alarmist

  208. Nail polish is tacky. It was going out of fashion, but black nail polish seems to be coming back. Once those bright red sharp 80s claws come back, it’s game over for the military.

  209. This one to the gals of Westpoint: This is a blade, biotch!

  210. @raga10
    @Anonymous


    That’s easy when you have the US military at your disposal to attack your strongest rivals.
     
    US was not directly involved in 1948 war, six-day war or Yom Kippur war. US did and still does provide a lot of hardware to Israel but hardware alone doesn't win wars - for a proof of that you only have to look across the desert at Saudi Arabia who are one of the biggest military spenders in the world yet are complete joke in practice. (despite not having any women in service, as far as I know)

    Replies: @JMcG, @anon

    It’s mostly unremarked, but the US pulled out all the stops to supply the Israelis in ‘73. It was called operation Nickel Grass.
    The Israelis ostentatiously assembled some of their nukes, giving Kissinger an excuse to fly tons and tons of materiel to the Israelis. Nukes that were constructed from fissionable material stolen from the US in the 60’s. Five years after Israel tried, and nearly succeeded, sinking the USS Liberty in International waters.
    This, of course, resulted in the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973.
    The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was nearly forced out because he remarked that Jews controlled the US Banking system.

    • Replies: @Wielgus
    @JMcG

    Admiral Thomas Hinman Moorer was chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff between 1970 and 1974. He thought, if the Wikipedia article is true, that the attack on the Liberty was deliberate, although it doesn't mention his views on the banking system.

    Replies: @JMcG

  211. @The Alarmist
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Possibly. I had Jewish neighbours on the UES, but most aspired to moving to the UWS. During my day, the UES was a big draw for the EuroTrash and Brasilians, and still had most of the heteronorm WASPS in the city.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    Interesting. Thanks.

    I’ve always seen the UWS as a bohemian box of chocolates, sometimes had to go to work there, but I’m getting old…

  212. @JohnnyWalker123
    https://twitter.com/WanqingZhang65/status/1365233212478251009

    Replies: @ic1000, @Dmon, @El Dato, @Nona

    What?

    YOu must be talking about Taiwan.

    Communist China has ALWAYS made military service of both male and female COMPULSARY. And women, also, have to train in weapon skills and
    survival. There is getting out of this. NO excuse.

  213. @Bill H
    As long as the military continues to act as if it's mission is to provide (equal) employment opportunity for citizens who enjoy wearing a uniform, it will fail in its actual primary mission, which is to defend the nation against its enemies.

    Replies: @S. Anonyia, @dimples, @Bill H

    Okay, in which case it should be disbanded. I’ll rephrase:

    As long as the military continues to act as if it’s mission is to provide (equal) employment opportunity for citizens who enjoy wearing a uniform, it will fail in its actual primary mission, which is to kick whatever asses the government tells it to kick.

    My point was that the military is not a social or unemployment agency, it is the military.

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
    @Bill H


    My point was that the military is not a social or unemployment agency, it is the military.
     
    It is a social or unemployment agency if those with power make it so.

    I agree with you of course, but remember that in 1984, 2+2=5 or whatever O'Brien wants it to equal.
    , @Guest
    @Bill H

    I hear you, except you must realize that a very large portion of the military has nothing to do with national security or maintaining the Empire. It is a social meddling behemoth and jobs program, among other things. Even when we’re fighting multiple wars, which we still are despite our reluctance to talk or think about them.

    Assume there are people somewhere in the armed forces who realize that some parts of the behemoth must be able to perform the tasks that the entire thing was designed to perform. You know, killing our enemies and making the world safe for whatever it is we stand for which isn’t democracy. Assume also that they have taken at least some precautions in segregating parts of the military that might actually matter at some point.

    I don’t trust they’ll be able to keep the Afro She-Brigade, Lipstick Company, and Fornication Squad from spoiling things. However, if anything serious ever happens with enough forewarning also as to not kill us all with a virus or whatever, I expect the military to suddenly get extremely discriminatory.

    Or is that pie-in-the-sky thinking?

  214. So, in Africa, they just give the loaded rifle to the 12-year-old and take them along with the war party. It’s like a family, kind of. People make things SO difficult.

  215. @The Alarmist
    @PiltdownMan


    Do East Asian women just tend to smile less than Caucasian women? The Chinese ladies (a mom and daughters) at a local Asian convenience store are not unfriendly, but definitely have serious expressions when I interact with them; they’re not smile-y people.
     
    Perhaps you need to up your game ;)

    Replies: @Nona

    The Russians do not smile every minute, either.

    And why do they have to?

    It’s just the Americans that tour/visit these countries and INSIST everyone smile JUST like Americans. They want to impose their culture on everyone else. JSUT like they imposed Coke on other countries. They took away the cultural drinks, “chichas”- natural fresh, fruit juices in S. Amer. and Asia, and the yogurt drinks in Central Asia, to influence them to drink sodas.

    What’s the Americans are doing in everything. Why do people have to smile at strangers, and for everything, like crazy people?

  216. @Redneck farmer
    So are they going to bring back the 80s recruitment slogan, "Be all that you can be"?

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Anon7, @Hypnotoad666, @Oscar Peterson

    Actually, the more relevant Army recruiting slogan fiasco is the early aughts “Army of One” (“I am an Army of One”) slogan which replaced “Be All You Can Be.”

    Twenty years ago, the then Army G-1 told the mid-career officers attending the Command and General Staff College class of 2001 that those who thought “Army of One” was a terrible way to frame Army service and, ultimately, to attract recruits, “just don’t get it.”

    It was abandoned after a few years in 2006. Typical Army knee jerk reaction to whatever appears to be the current Zeitgeist.

    The US Army will eventually be unusable because of its weak morale, exacerbated by the endless diversity-fetishism and the continuing erosion of our tech advantages that have compensated for its shaky fighting spirit in the past.

  217. @Dumbo

    The military has developed an especially outsize reliance on Black women
     
    China and Russia are doomed.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nxhDhHl1ShM/UZFFgG2lk8I/AAAAAAAAADg/lgQA1qwac6c/s320/sassy+black+woman.jpg

    P.S. Shouldn't it read "a reliance on outsized Black women"?

    Replies: @El Dato, @AndrewR, @Charles St. Charles, @Alden, @njguy73, @Hamlet's Ghost, @Oscar Peterson, @BB753

    Looks like something that should be dropped by a B-52.

    Talk about a weapon of mass destruction!

    • LOL: Malla
  218. @Resartus
    @Anon


    “Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’. ”
     
    For my 20 years in the US Army, anything involving tactical training or actual shooting,
    I wanted to be as far away from the people that could march as possible.....
    The real fighting soldiers couldn't march worth a crap.....

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @J.Ross

    For my 20 years in the US Army, anything involving tactical training or actual shooting

    The Rifleman’s Quarter-Mile

    So, if you are able to do that, you can engage a man size target, in theory…without ballistics…you can shoot well enough to engage a man sized target out to 500 yards. That’s what Appleseed talks about…the “rifleman’s quarter-mile.”

    So, at Appleseed, they’re getting you to shoot in different positions with the goal of getting you to that 4 MOA standard…They have a very streamlined way to teach it and will teach anyone who shows up with a rifle and any type of sights, whatever they happen to have. They get them from shooting all over the place to shooting at 4 MOA. So, you go and get taught all the things that you need to do to shoot well…

    Before Appleseed…
    So, I went to Korea and then Iraq…where we did the invasion of Iraq. That was the first time I ever started pointing guns at people and actually shooting people.

    There, we found out quickly that we couldn’t shoot very well. And that realization started me on a path. I started paying a lot more attention to shooting. At first that just meant applying Army stuff and trying to shoot better. Unfortunately, what I didn’t know at that time was that it was woefully inadequate.

    So, a lot of what Ash says is something we have been saying here since 2012. No surprise there. It doesn’t take a COMMANDO OPERATOR to know that most of the piss poor performance of the Army’s marksmanship is from. None of us have been to Senior Leaders Assault Urban Rappel Course though, so we might not be able to be trusted about rifle marksmanship fundamentals.

    https://www.arbuildjunkie.com/ash-hess-marksmanship-choosing-the-right-ar/

    http://looserounds.com/2019/10/25/qa-with-guy-who-re-wrote-army-marksmanship-manual/

    • Thanks: JMcG
    • Replies: @Guest
    @Joe Stalin

    Can’t we just use guns to keep the enemy in place so we can blow them up? It’s easier to kill through explosion than shooting.

    Farewell, Bunker Hill.

    Replies: @Hibernian

  219. @BB753
    Diversity and ponytails don't win wars. But what do I know? Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.

    Replies: @Discordiax, @res, @Mr. Anon, @Alice in Wonderland, @Known Fact, @Hypnotoad666, @Nona2

    Then they wouldn’t be women, would they?

  220. @Bill H
    @Bill H

    Okay, in which case it should be disbanded. I'll rephrase:

    As long as the military continues to act as if it’s mission is to provide (equal) employment opportunity for citizens who enjoy wearing a uniform, it will fail in its actual primary mission, which is to kick whatever asses the government tells it to kick.

    My point was that the military is not a social or unemployment agency, it is the military.

    Replies: @Oscar Peterson, @Guest

    My point was that the military is not a social or unemployment agency, it is the military.

    It is a social or unemployment agency if those with power make it so.

    I agree with you of course, but remember that in 1984, 2+2=5 or whatever O’Brien wants it to equal.

  221. @Kylie
    @Jonathan Mason

    "It is time to call for an international treaty by which it is agreed that all wars will be fought by women only.

    They* rules of engagement will also be amended to allow for battlefield day care and field salons, with combat only occurring between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m."

    Well, you're making an effort to appease the distaff side, I'll give you that. But no choice of vegan rations? Holistic health care? Aromatherapy? Soap cutting?
    Etc. Working a full 6 hours without a break? No on-site nail and hair care?

    And since the periods of women living together tend to synchronize, there ciuld only be engagement three weeks out of each month.

    This doesn't even factor in communication with their friends and families back home to show how stalwart and self-sooth--I mean, self-sacrificing these women warriors are.

    * Presumably this is a nod to black grammar, Black women now being the backbone of our fighting forces.

    Replies: @Bel Riose

    The Rules of Engagement should be limited to mud-wrestling only — and only between combatants with an appropriate weight/height ratio.

    Problem solved!

  222. @Hibernian
    @Corn

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartbreak_Ridge

    I never saw Heartbreak Ridge. There was a real incident of soldiers using the civilian telephone system for tactical communications in this operation.

    https://www.wearethemighty.com/articles/that-time-a-soldier-used-a-payphone-to-call-back-to-the-us-to-get-artillery-support-in-grenada/

    Different sources say it was SEALS or Army paratroopers.

    Replies: @J.Ross

    Have you read Dan Gabriel’s account of Grenada in his book Military Incompetence?
    ———-
    Know what Dan Gabriel does nowadays? Memes.

  223. @Resartus
    @Anon


    “Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’. ”
     
    For my 20 years in the US Army, anything involving tactical training or actual shooting,
    I wanted to be as far away from the people that could march as possible.....
    The real fighting soldiers couldn't march worth a crap.....

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @J.Ross

    Just a slight Slavophilic note: Russian soldiers train with live ammo.

  224. @Jim Christian
    @epebble

    Shhhhh! And never ever talk in such fashion about USS Ford.

    Replies: @epebble

    Yep, Another example of “technology”

    U.S. Navy’s New $13 Billion Aircraft Carrier Struggles to Fly and Land Planes

    The newest and costliest U.S. aircraft carrier, praised by President Donald Trump and delivered to the Navy on May 31 with fanfare, has been dogged by trouble with fundamentals: launching jets from its deck and catching them when they land.

    Now, it turns out that the system used to capture jets landing on the USS Gerald R. Ford ballooned in cost, tripling to $961 million from $301 million, according to Navy documents obtained by Bloomberg News.

    While the Navy says the landing system has been fixed, the next-generation carrier built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. still hasn’t been cleared to launch F/A-18 jets carrying a full complement of fuel tanks under their wings, a handicap that could limit their effectiveness in combat.

    https://gcaptain.com/u-s-navys-new-13-billion-aircraft-carrier-struggles-fly-land-planes/

    More …

    US Navy’s first 4 littoral combat ships to leave the fleet in 9 months

    The Navy’s first four littoral combat ships will be headed into mothballs next March, according to a June 20 message from the chief of naval operations.

    The littoral combat ships Freedom, Independence, Fort Worth and Coronado will all be inactivated on March 31, 2021, with Coronado being commissioned just six years ago.

    The Navy decided to cut the ships to save money on modernization efforts as it faces a mountain of shipbuilding bills and upgrade costs.

    https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2020/07/01/the-us-navys-first-4-littoral-combat-ships-are-out-of-the-fleet-in-9-months/

    Air Force Says KC-46 Is A “Lemon” That It’s Trying To Make Lemonade Out Of

    The Air Force is evaluating using the Pegasus for limited operational missions, but it’s still years away from providing its intended mission set.

    The U.S. Air Force has described its bedeviled KC-46A Pegasus tanker as a “lemon,” amid ongoing problems that prevent it from performing its primary aerial refueling mission on a day-to-day basis. Now the Air Force is trying to find other ways to make use of these aircraft, of which it has already received 42 examples located at four operating bases.

    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39047/air-force-says-kc-46-is-a-lemon-that-its-trying-to-make-lemonade-out-of

    • Thanks: Jim Christian
    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @epebble

    How can Boeing fail at building a new tanker jet when their old one, the KC35, has worked fine for 60 years?

    Replies: @raga10, @Jim Christian, @AceDeuce, @The Alarmist, @Anon87

    , @Jim Christian
    @epebble

    I sailed aboard Nimitz in the 70s through 82. Not one cold cat shot in thousands of launches of F14s and A6 Intruders, among others, heavy planes. Ford class carriers are capable of losing 1 plane in the drink out of every 255 launches. Not acceptable, hence the lead ship of the Ford class is out 5 years and is still not mission capable and has made no deployments. Doesn't matter, women assigned to Ford and all the others refuse deployments because, the children. Their deployment plan for their children was a lie. Doesn't matter if the ships are ready or not, 40% of crewed ships and squadron units and airwings refuse the cruise because women have the jobs and the power to refuse deployments. Floating office buildings for single mothers the carriers. And still military sails, 50 years later.. Might as well scrap Naval Air. We cannot man them anymore. Not enough men.

    , @The Alarmist
    @epebble


    USS Gerald R. Ford
     
    Should we be surprised?


    https://youtu.be/8Jsu_qgVuhg?t=0m23s
  225. @JMcG
    @raga10

    It’s mostly unremarked, but the US pulled out all the stops to supply the Israelis in ‘73. It was called operation Nickel Grass.
    The Israelis ostentatiously assembled some of their nukes, giving Kissinger an excuse to fly tons and tons of materiel to the Israelis. Nukes that were constructed from fissionable material stolen from the US in the 60’s. Five years after Israel tried, and nearly succeeded, sinking the USS Liberty in International waters.
    This, of course, resulted in the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973.
    The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs was nearly forced out because he remarked that Jews controlled the US Banking system.

    Replies: @Wielgus

    Admiral Thomas Hinman Moorer was chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff between 1970 and 1974. He thought, if the Wikipedia article is true, that the attack on the Liberty was deliberate, although it doesn’t mention his views on the banking system.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Wielgus

    General George Brown was an Air Force General who became Chairman of the JCOS in July, 1974. He flew B24s in the 8th Air Force in WWII. His remarks were made later that year. He had been Air Force Chief of Staff in ‘73.
    There is no doubt whatsoever that the Liberty attack was deliberate. There are many accounts by survivors.

    Replies: @Wielgus

  226. @JMcG
    @Thomas

    The Air Force just removed all references to men from their official song, The Wild Blue Yonder.

    Replies: @AceDeuce, @Achmed E. Newman

    Check Airmen are now Line Check Pilots.

    They don’t know what NOTAM stands for yet. Shhhhssh …

  227. @Mr. Anon
    @BB753


    Diversity and ponytails don’t win wars. But what do I know? Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.
     
    Remember, according to the Geneva Convention, a prisoner of war is only required to divulge the following information to his captors:

    Name, Rank, and Prounous

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    Typo or no typo, LOL!

  228. @Bill H
    @Bill H

    Okay, in which case it should be disbanded. I'll rephrase:

    As long as the military continues to act as if it’s mission is to provide (equal) employment opportunity for citizens who enjoy wearing a uniform, it will fail in its actual primary mission, which is to kick whatever asses the government tells it to kick.

    My point was that the military is not a social or unemployment agency, it is the military.

    Replies: @Oscar Peterson, @Guest

    I hear you, except you must realize that a very large portion of the military has nothing to do with national security or maintaining the Empire. It is a social meddling behemoth and jobs program, among other things. Even when we’re fighting multiple wars, which we still are despite our reluctance to talk or think about them.

    Assume there are people somewhere in the armed forces who realize that some parts of the behemoth must be able to perform the tasks that the entire thing was designed to perform. You know, killing our enemies and making the world safe for whatever it is we stand for which isn’t democracy. Assume also that they have taken at least some precautions in segregating parts of the military that might actually matter at some point.

    I don’t trust they’ll be able to keep the Afro She-Brigade, Lipstick Company, and Fornication Squad from spoiling things. However, if anything serious ever happens with enough forewarning also as to not kill us all with a virus or whatever, I expect the military to suddenly get extremely discriminatory.

    Or is that pie-in-the-sky thinking?

  229. @Joe Stalin
    @Resartus


    For my 20 years in the US Army, anything involving tactical training or actual shooting
     

    The Rifleman’s Quarter-Mile

    So, if you are able to do that, you can engage a man size target, in theory…without ballistics…you can shoot well enough to engage a man sized target out to 500 yards. That’s what Appleseed talks about…the “rifleman’s quarter-mile.”

    So, at Appleseed, they’re getting you to shoot in different positions with the goal of getting you to that 4 MOA standard…They have a very streamlined way to teach it and will teach anyone who shows up with a rifle and any type of sights, whatever they happen to have. They get them from shooting all over the place to shooting at 4 MOA. So, you go and get taught all the things that you need to do to shoot well…

    Before Appleseed…
    So, I went to Korea and then Iraq…where we did the invasion of Iraq. That was the first time I ever started pointing guns at people and actually shooting people.

    There, we found out quickly that we couldn’t shoot very well. And that realization started me on a path. I started paying a lot more attention to shooting. At first that just meant applying Army stuff and trying to shoot better. Unfortunately, what I didn’t know at that time was that it was woefully inadequate.

    So, a lot of what Ash says is something we have been saying here since 2012. No surprise there. It doesn’t take a COMMANDO OPERATOR to know that most of the piss poor performance of the Army’s marksmanship is from. None of us have been to Senior Leaders Assault Urban Rappel Course though, so we might not be able to be trusted about rifle marksmanship fundamentals.

    https://www.arbuildjunkie.com/ash-hess-marksmanship-choosing-the-right-ar/

    http://looserounds.com/2019/10/25/qa-with-guy-who-re-wrote-army-marksmanship-manual/
     

    Replies: @Guest

    Can’t we just use guns to keep the enemy in place so we can blow them up? It’s easier to kill through explosion than shooting.

    Farewell, Bunker Hill.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Guest


    Can’t we just use guns to keep the enemy in place so we can blow them up?
     
    Supresssive fire.
  230. @Altai
    @ScarletNumber

    The happiest best run liberal countries in the world all have national service. All of Scandinavia, Switzerland and Germany too until 2010. The two countries with the most to boast about, Denmark and Finland also have the most intensive conscription.

    Finland:


    According to Finnish Defence Forces 2011 data slightly under 80% of Finnish males turned 30 had entered and finished the military service. The number of female volunteers to annually enter armed service had stabilized at approximately 300.
     
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e0/Suomalainen_sotilasvala.jpg

    This is why antifa are so stupid. They want beyond social democracy, they want socialism but also hate social solidarity and sense of social obligation. In reality the more you expect of society, the more society also expects from you. It's a social contract stupid. In a real communist society the types of people who make up antifa would be condemned, rightfully, as social defecting malcontents. The only society these people can live their preferred life in is ironically a neoliberal one which they rail against.

    Replies: @Dieter Kief, @ic1000, @Desiderius, @Guest

    No one needs “social democracy” to have a sense of solidarity and obligation. We used to have that in this country.

    What an absolutely absurd state of affairs that people can confuse such things with a very specific type of political and economic organization.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
    @Guest


    No one needs “social democracy” to have a sense of solidarity and obligation.
     
    When I went into Navair in 76, we served for Mom, Apple pie and Chevrolet. Now? Mom is 75% likely to be a divorced slut, apple pie is a turd in a wax paper wrapper and a Chevrolet is a bent shit can from China. Oh, and today, 99% of the country hates those who serve anyway. Who in their right mind does this anymore? Love to see a map of the US with representative colors of the blue/red states that have kids who serve. Blues, hardly any, except for the gibs.

    Replies: @Alden

  231. @PiltdownMan
    Do East Asian women just tend to smile less than Caucasian women? The Chinese ladies (a mom and daughters) at a local Asian convenience store are not unfriendly, but definitely have serious expressions when I interact with them; they're not smile-y people.

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2016-08/01/content_26293807_3.htm

    Replies: @El Dato, @Jonathan Mason, @The Alarmist, @Marquis, @J.Ross, @nebulafox, @Anon, @Sidney

    You’re quite right about the Chinese interaction with others. They don’t like a little gab session or a typical “hi, how you’re doing?” They are generally a dour super serious lot. That’s why I’ve learned to ignore them as I pass them because that’s what they always do with me, a friendly white guy.

  232. @epebble
    @Jim Christian

    Yep, Another example of "technology"


    U.S. Navy’s New $13 Billion Aircraft Carrier Struggles to Fly and Land Planes

    The newest and costliest U.S. aircraft carrier, praised by President Donald Trump and delivered to the Navy on May 31 with fanfare, has been dogged by trouble with fundamentals: launching jets from its deck and catching them when they land.

    Now, it turns out that the system used to capture jets landing on the USS Gerald R. Ford ballooned in cost, tripling to $961 million from $301 million, according to Navy documents obtained by Bloomberg News.

    While the Navy says the landing system has been fixed, the next-generation carrier built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. still hasn’t been cleared to launch F/A-18 jets carrying a full complement of fuel tanks under their wings, a handicap that could limit their effectiveness in combat.

    https://gcaptain.com/u-s-navys-new-13-billion-aircraft-carrier-struggles-fly-land-planes/
     
    More ...

    US Navy’s first 4 littoral combat ships to leave the fleet in 9 months

    The Navy’s first four littoral combat ships will be headed into mothballs next March, according to a June 20 message from the chief of naval operations.

    The littoral combat ships Freedom, Independence, Fort Worth and Coronado will all be inactivated on March 31, 2021, with Coronado being commissioned just six years ago.

    The Navy decided to cut the ships to save money on modernization efforts as it faces a mountain of shipbuilding bills and upgrade costs.

    https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2020/07/01/the-us-navys-first-4-littoral-combat-ships-are-out-of-the-fleet-in-9-months/

     


    Air Force Says KC-46 Is A “Lemon” That It’s Trying To Make Lemonade Out Of

    The Air Force is evaluating using the Pegasus for limited operational missions, but it’s still years away from providing its intended mission set.

    The U.S. Air Force has described its bedeviled KC-46A Pegasus tanker as a “lemon,” amid ongoing problems that prevent it from performing its primary aerial refueling mission on a day-to-day basis. Now the Air Force is trying to find other ways to make use of these aircraft, of which it has already received 42 examples located at four operating bases.

    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39047/air-force-says-kc-46-is-a-lemon-that-its-trying-to-make-lemonade-out-of
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jim Christian, @The Alarmist

    How can Boeing fail at building a new tanker jet when their old one, the KC35, has worked fine for 60 years?

    • Replies: @raga10
    @Steve Sailer

    Their 737 worked fine for years too yet they managed to screw it up royally, didn't they? Boeing is no longer the company it used to be.

    , @Jim Christian
    @Steve Sailer

    Come on Steve, you know the answer to that. The best and brightest are in weapons. H1s are in commercial air, of which the tankers are a part. As well as Mad MAXX 737. I ain't flying that bird. You? If I was an American Airlines, SW or United flyer, I'd bail if the scheduled plane was MAXX. JetBlue only for me.

    , @AceDeuce
    @Steve Sailer

    KC135, not 35. It's a 707 platform modified for air refueling.

    The KC46 that they are having all the problems with is a modified Boeing 767 platform outfitted to perform refueling missions. The 767 is around 40 years old, so most of the bugs should be worked out.
    And, while they do have some mission-specific issues and problems, some of the most egregious ones involve basics, like tools that Boeing left in the aircraft that were delivered to the USAF (including, I heard, a LADDER left in the plane, for God's sake).

    Don't forget, in your list of recent military tech fails, to include the B2 Bomber. ($2.2 billion apiece in 1990 money) They've managed to keep that one stage-managed better than Pedo Joe's handlers keep him out of the spotlight.

    , @The Alarmist
    @Steve Sailer

    The KC-135 was built by Boeing when it was run by engineers. After the bean counters of Mickey-D took post-merger control of the company, they began a process of financial CFIT.

    , @Anon87
    @Steve Sailer

    There is a good article out there which explains it. They went from having the aeronautic nerds run the show, to letting the MBAs take over. Less about developing cutting edge tech, more about shareholder value and enamored with the latest Harvard Business fads. Results speak for themselves.

    Elon Musk has said never hire MBAs unless you want to destroy your company. Results are speaking pretty well so far for SpaceX.

  233. @ic1000
    @Altai

    > This is why antifa are so stupid.

    Based on their accomplishments to date, they are the farthest thing from stupid.

    I missed the Sopranos episode where Tony struggles with the implications of Dr. Melfi's counsel: "You know, not everybody can be a crime boss!"

    Replies: @El Dato, @Ray Huffman, @Guest

    Their accomplishments? They are running-dogs of the ruling order. None of what they accomplish is yheir own. Police would be bashing their skulls in if they weren’t useful.

    They would, in fact, be Charlottesville nazees if amenable authorities were less amenable.

    If I were to collect a colony of bees and let it loose in the house of someone allergic to bee stings, would you say the bees had accomplished anything? No. I was the accomplisher. The bees were merely present.

  234. @epebble
    @Jim Christian

    Yep, Another example of "technology"


    U.S. Navy’s New $13 Billion Aircraft Carrier Struggles to Fly and Land Planes

    The newest and costliest U.S. aircraft carrier, praised by President Donald Trump and delivered to the Navy on May 31 with fanfare, has been dogged by trouble with fundamentals: launching jets from its deck and catching them when they land.

    Now, it turns out that the system used to capture jets landing on the USS Gerald R. Ford ballooned in cost, tripling to $961 million from $301 million, according to Navy documents obtained by Bloomberg News.

    While the Navy says the landing system has been fixed, the next-generation carrier built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. still hasn’t been cleared to launch F/A-18 jets carrying a full complement of fuel tanks under their wings, a handicap that could limit their effectiveness in combat.

    https://gcaptain.com/u-s-navys-new-13-billion-aircraft-carrier-struggles-fly-land-planes/
     
    More ...

    US Navy’s first 4 littoral combat ships to leave the fleet in 9 months

    The Navy’s first four littoral combat ships will be headed into mothballs next March, according to a June 20 message from the chief of naval operations.

    The littoral combat ships Freedom, Independence, Fort Worth and Coronado will all be inactivated on March 31, 2021, with Coronado being commissioned just six years ago.

    The Navy decided to cut the ships to save money on modernization efforts as it faces a mountain of shipbuilding bills and upgrade costs.

    https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2020/07/01/the-us-navys-first-4-littoral-combat-ships-are-out-of-the-fleet-in-9-months/

     


    Air Force Says KC-46 Is A “Lemon” That It’s Trying To Make Lemonade Out Of

    The Air Force is evaluating using the Pegasus for limited operational missions, but it’s still years away from providing its intended mission set.

    The U.S. Air Force has described its bedeviled KC-46A Pegasus tanker as a “lemon,” amid ongoing problems that prevent it from performing its primary aerial refueling mission on a day-to-day basis. Now the Air Force is trying to find other ways to make use of these aircraft, of which it has already received 42 examples located at four operating bases.

    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39047/air-force-says-kc-46-is-a-lemon-that-its-trying-to-make-lemonade-out-of
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jim Christian, @The Alarmist

    I sailed aboard Nimitz in the 70s through 82. Not one cold cat shot in thousands of launches of F14s and A6 Intruders, among others, heavy planes. Ford class carriers are capable of losing 1 plane in the drink out of every 255 launches. Not acceptable, hence the lead ship of the Ford class is out 5 years and is still not mission capable and has made no deployments. Doesn’t matter, women assigned to Ford and all the others refuse deployments because, the children. Their deployment plan for their children was a lie. Doesn’t matter if the ships are ready or not, 40% of crewed ships and squadron units and airwings refuse the cruise because women have the jobs and the power to refuse deployments. Floating office buildings for single mothers the carriers. And still military sails, 50 years later.. Might as well scrap Naval Air. We cannot man them anymore. Not enough men.

  235. @Steve Sailer
    @epebble

    How can Boeing fail at building a new tanker jet when their old one, the KC35, has worked fine for 60 years?

    Replies: @raga10, @Jim Christian, @AceDeuce, @The Alarmist, @Anon87

    Their 737 worked fine for years too yet they managed to screw it up royally, didn’t they? Boeing is no longer the company it used to be.

    • Agree: Hibernian
  236. @Guest
    @Altai

    No one needs “social democracy” to have a sense of solidarity and obligation. We used to have that in this country.

    What an absolutely absurd state of affairs that people can confuse such things with a very specific type of political and economic organization.

    Replies: @Jim Christian

    No one needs “social democracy” to have a sense of solidarity and obligation.

    When I went into Navair in 76, we served for Mom, Apple pie and Chevrolet. Now? Mom is 75% likely to be a divorced slut, apple pie is a turd in a wax paper wrapper and a Chevrolet is a bent shit can from China. Oh, and today, 99% of the country hates those who serve anyway. Who in their right mind does this anymore? Love to see a map of the US with representative colors of the blue/red states that have kids who serve. Blues, hardly any, except for the gibs.

    • Agree: JMcG
    • Replies: @Alden
    @Jim Christian

    The blue states are heavily critters of color. Especially black women. Could very well be the blue states are over represented. And the red southern states are all at least 20 percent if not more black.

    My impression of the military is affirmative action blacks. Who spend their days stealing using drugs and bothering the women. At least that’s what I’ve seen infesting every army base I’ve ever been near. Including the bases in Germany and Italy. And in International airports. Infested with blacks in USA uniforms.

  237. @Steve Sailer
    @epebble

    How can Boeing fail at building a new tanker jet when their old one, the KC35, has worked fine for 60 years?

    Replies: @raga10, @Jim Christian, @AceDeuce, @The Alarmist, @Anon87

    Come on Steve, you know the answer to that. The best and brightest are in weapons. H1s are in commercial air, of which the tankers are a part. As well as Mad MAXX 737. I ain’t flying that bird. You? If I was an American Airlines, SW or United flyer, I’d bail if the scheduled plane was MAXX. JetBlue only for me.

  238. @Jim Christian
    @Guest


    No one needs “social democracy” to have a sense of solidarity and obligation.
     
    When I went into Navair in 76, we served for Mom, Apple pie and Chevrolet. Now? Mom is 75% likely to be a divorced slut, apple pie is a turd in a wax paper wrapper and a Chevrolet is a bent shit can from China. Oh, and today, 99% of the country hates those who serve anyway. Who in their right mind does this anymore? Love to see a map of the US with representative colors of the blue/red states that have kids who serve. Blues, hardly any, except for the gibs.

    Replies: @Alden

    The blue states are heavily critters of color. Especially black women. Could very well be the blue states are over represented. And the red southern states are all at least 20 percent if not more black.

    My impression of the military is affirmative action blacks. Who spend their days stealing using drugs and bothering the women. At least that’s what I’ve seen infesting every army base I’ve ever been near. Including the bases in Germany and Italy. And in International airports. Infested with blacks in USA uniforms.

    • Agree: Jim Christian
  239. @Altai

    It shows that the Army is recognizing we can be soldiers and still be ourselves
     
    Literally the whole point of professional military training is teaching you to be a soldier and not 'yourself'.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5-dkvfJfWI

    Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I'd say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it's not because they can 'be themselves'.

    Replies: @By-tor, @Not Raul, @Old and Grumpy, @Mike Tre, @Bill H, @Polistra, @Anon, @Rapparee

    A lot of this touchy-feely crud doesn’t seem to fly on the combat arms side of things; life is different amongst POGs. Infantry culture, I am told by the 11Bs of my acquaintance, is still relatively meritocratic; you’re mostly judged on your competence, and if you get chewed out, it’s generally assumed you were a dumba**, not the victim of racist discrimination. Combat units apparently push back against some of this political pressure. That’s very much no longer the case for most non-combat specialties, though, at least from what I hear. Not an expert here, though, so anyone who knows more feel free to chime in.

  240. @Anon
    @Altai

    "Granted, despite all their pretty marching, I’d say the average front line US soldier is probably better trained and more motivated and professional but it’s not because they can ‘be themselves’. "

    I think the person who said that quote has been watching watching too many movies about WW2. The real truth is that the modern US military is like some of the old TV military comedies like Bilko, Gomer Pyle, or McHale's Navy. The US military is a joke and the only thing that gives them power is their fancy push button weapons of destruction. The government knows that there is little chance of them actually ever getting into an infantry war so they keep this clown show going to placate the uppity negroes who can't do anything of any value for the military or society in general so it's kept as a babysitting service to take pressure off the jails. If the US military ever had to go face-to-face in a land based infantry war with a real army like the Russians or the Chinese, their motley collection of obese blacks, trannies, and lesbians would be annihilated in the first hour of battle.

    Replies: @Buck Ransom, @Resartus, @Alden

    OMG baby sitting service to keep pressure off the jails. LOL, almost fell off the couch laughing. What about the VA? I drive through one on my way home all the time. It’s a fat black women full employment program.

    More tales from the probation and district attorney’s office. We were very happy when the Navy base on San Francisco’s Treasure Island closed down. The rape statistics in the city just went way way down once the navy scum left town.

    Army crime from the Presidio base was mostly black officers wives shoplifting in the expensive stores. Grand theft, not petty theft.

  241. @Verymuchalive
    @Alden

    I didn't know you're a woman. With most commenters, it's straightforward, but Alden isn't the most obvious female pseudonym.

    Replies: @Alden

    Surname before I was married.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    @Alden

    Thanks, it's always pleasing to hear from a based lady.

  242. This is starting to sound like Ignatius J. Reilly’s plan for world peace: have fashioned-obsessed homosexual men take over all the armies of the world and compete only at throwing the best fancy dress balls.

    Ignatius must have snoozed through his school’s lesson on the Arab Revolt in WW1. It was the homosexual and effeminate TE Lawrence (who in his memoir “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” admits, in so many words, to getting a sexual thrill out of being whipped and raped by Turkish soldiers) who led the Arab Revolt to victory over the Ottomans, not any of the macho tribal chieftains.

    Field Marshall Von Steuben was pretty flaming, too, from what I’ve read.

    Then again, Ignatius is supposed to be a joke…

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Sabre

    Exceptions that prove the rule.

    Replies: @Sabre

  243. Interesting times. Instead of being sent to the black hole of Guantanamo, prisoners can now receive the full Vidal Sassoon treatment by a pack of hair dressing negresses, whether they want to or not.

  244. @Alden
    @Anon

    For years I wore my hair secured in a tight ponytail with the hair sectioned and twisted into various styles of buns. No hair loss whatsoever. It’s still extra thick.

    An army of black women. Words fail. What about the height weight standards? There’s so few 5’4 5’6 black women less than 180 200 pounds. There’s 2 at my local post office about 5’5 250 pounds. They have to stand all day as they don’t fit on those little stools.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive, @J.Ross

    >an army of black[/African] women

    There were two I am aware of, both vanities of successful popular despots (like the joke one which inspired The Art Of War) — neither was a real army and both ended badly.

  245. @Guest
    @Joe Stalin

    Can’t we just use guns to keep the enemy in place so we can blow them up? It’s easier to kill through explosion than shooting.

    Farewell, Bunker Hill.

    Replies: @Hibernian

    Can’t we just use guns to keep the enemy in place so we can blow them up?

    Supresssive fire.

  246. @Sabre
    This is starting to sound like Ignatius J. Reilly’s plan for world peace: have fashioned-obsessed homosexual men take over all the armies of the world and compete only at throwing the best fancy dress balls.

    Ignatius must have snoozed through his school’s lesson on the Arab Revolt in WW1. It was the homosexual and effeminate TE Lawrence (who in his memoir “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” admits, in so many words, to getting a sexual thrill out of being whipped and raped by Turkish soldiers) who led the Arab Revolt to victory over the Ottomans, not any of the macho tribal chieftains.

    Field Marshall Von Steuben was pretty flaming, too, from what I’ve read.

    Then again, Ignatius is supposed to be a joke...

    Replies: @Hibernian

    Exceptions that prove the rule.

    • Replies: @Sabre
    @Hibernian

    Fair enough, kamerad. I was just having a little fun.

  247. anon[390] • Disclaimer says:
    @raga10
    @Anonymous


    That’s easy when you have the US military at your disposal to attack your strongest rivals.
     
    US was not directly involved in 1948 war, six-day war or Yom Kippur war. US did and still does provide a lot of hardware to Israel but hardware alone doesn't win wars - for a proof of that you only have to look across the desert at Saudi Arabia who are one of the biggest military spenders in the world yet are complete joke in practice. (despite not having any women in service, as far as I know)

    Replies: @JMcG, @anon

    That’s easy when you have the US military at your disposal to attack your strongest rivals.

    US was not directly involved in 1948 war, six-day war or Yom Kippur war.

    Indirectly involved in those, and directly involved against Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, and in buying off Egypt.

    Nice try.

  248. @Wielgus
    @JMcG

    Admiral Thomas Hinman Moorer was chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff between 1970 and 1974. He thought, if the Wikipedia article is true, that the attack on the Liberty was deliberate, although it doesn't mention his views on the banking system.

    Replies: @JMcG

    General George Brown was an Air Force General who became Chairman of the JCOS in July, 1974. He flew B24s in the 8th Air Force in WWII. His remarks were made later that year. He had been Air Force Chief of Staff in ‘73.
    There is no doubt whatsoever that the Liberty attack was deliberate. There are many accounts by survivors.

    • Replies: @Wielgus
    @JMcG

    I looked at Brown and he was the one who referred to the banks.
    Interesting that two Israel critics in succession were chiefs of the JCS. Later ones all seem to have kept any reservations to themselves.
    And yes, the Liberty attack was deliberate.

  249. @Steve Sailer
    @epebble

    How can Boeing fail at building a new tanker jet when their old one, the KC35, has worked fine for 60 years?

    Replies: @raga10, @Jim Christian, @AceDeuce, @The Alarmist, @Anon87

    KC135, not 35. It’s a 707 platform modified for air refueling.

    The KC46 that they are having all the problems with is a modified Boeing 767 platform outfitted to perform refueling missions. The 767 is around 40 years old, so most of the bugs should be worked out.
    And, while they do have some mission-specific issues and problems, some of the most egregious ones involve basics, like tools that Boeing left in the aircraft that were delivered to the USAF (including, I heard, a LADDER left in the plane, for God’s sake).

    Don’t forget, in your list of recent military tech fails, to include the B2 Bomber. ($2.2 billion apiece in 1990 money) They’ve managed to keep that one stage-managed better than Pedo Joe’s handlers keep him out of the spotlight.

  250. @Alden
    @Verymuchalive

    Surname before I was married.

    Replies: @Verymuchalive

    Thanks, it’s always pleasing to hear from a based lady.

  251. @Hibernian
    @Sabre

    Exceptions that prove the rule.

    Replies: @Sabre

    Fair enough, kamerad. I was just having a little fun.

  252. @res
    @Desiderius


    We?
     
    The people who live in the country "protected" by that military. (alternatively, and perhaps better, the citizens of...)

    Replies: @Desiderius

    You have to solve the scare quotes before there is a we again.

  253. @JMcG
    @Wielgus

    General George Brown was an Air Force General who became Chairman of the JCOS in July, 1974. He flew B24s in the 8th Air Force in WWII. His remarks were made later that year. He had been Air Force Chief of Staff in ‘73.
    There is no doubt whatsoever that the Liberty attack was deliberate. There are many accounts by survivors.

    Replies: @Wielgus

    I looked at Brown and he was the one who referred to the banks.
    Interesting that two Israel critics in succession were chiefs of the JCS. Later ones all seem to have kept any reservations to themselves.
    And yes, the Liberty attack was deliberate.

    • Agree: JMcG
  254. @epebble
    @Jim Christian

    Yep, Another example of "technology"


    U.S. Navy’s New $13 Billion Aircraft Carrier Struggles to Fly and Land Planes

    The newest and costliest U.S. aircraft carrier, praised by President Donald Trump and delivered to the Navy on May 31 with fanfare, has been dogged by trouble with fundamentals: launching jets from its deck and catching them when they land.

    Now, it turns out that the system used to capture jets landing on the USS Gerald R. Ford ballooned in cost, tripling to $961 million from $301 million, according to Navy documents obtained by Bloomberg News.

    While the Navy says the landing system has been fixed, the next-generation carrier built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. still hasn’t been cleared to launch F/A-18 jets carrying a full complement of fuel tanks under their wings, a handicap that could limit their effectiveness in combat.

    https://gcaptain.com/u-s-navys-new-13-billion-aircraft-carrier-struggles-fly-land-planes/
     
    More ...

    US Navy’s first 4 littoral combat ships to leave the fleet in 9 months

    The Navy’s first four littoral combat ships will be headed into mothballs next March, according to a June 20 message from the chief of naval operations.

    The littoral combat ships Freedom, Independence, Fort Worth and Coronado will all be inactivated on March 31, 2021, with Coronado being commissioned just six years ago.

    The Navy decided to cut the ships to save money on modernization efforts as it faces a mountain of shipbuilding bills and upgrade costs.

    https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2020/07/01/the-us-navys-first-4-littoral-combat-ships-are-out-of-the-fleet-in-9-months/

     


    Air Force Says KC-46 Is A “Lemon” That It’s Trying To Make Lemonade Out Of

    The Air Force is evaluating using the Pegasus for limited operational missions, but it’s still years away from providing its intended mission set.

    The U.S. Air Force has described its bedeviled KC-46A Pegasus tanker as a “lemon,” amid ongoing problems that prevent it from performing its primary aerial refueling mission on a day-to-day basis. Now the Air Force is trying to find other ways to make use of these aircraft, of which it has already received 42 examples located at four operating bases.

    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39047/air-force-says-kc-46-is-a-lemon-that-its-trying-to-make-lemonade-out-of
     

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Jim Christian, @The Alarmist

    USS Gerald R. Ford

    Should we be surprised?

  255. @Steve Sailer
    @epebble

    How can Boeing fail at building a new tanker jet when their old one, the KC35, has worked fine for 60 years?

    Replies: @raga10, @Jim Christian, @AceDeuce, @The Alarmist, @Anon87

    The KC-135 was built by Boeing when it was run by engineers. After the bean counters of Mickey-D took post-merger control of the company, they began a process of financial CFIT.

  256. With new Tax and Spend President….
    What will happen to the cost of the new Air Force 1 (boeing 777)….
    With Trump getting the contract price down….
    Have to wonder how many production delays will happen
    to get it back up again….

  257. I can see no reason why women’s grooming standards should be any different from men’s. Buzz-cuts for everyone entering boot camp, and never any hair over the collar, ears or eyes. No makeup of any kind for anyone. Don’t like it, soldier? Shut your piehole, maggot, you’re in the Army now; you’re not behind the plow!
    Actually, some of these women look like they belong in front of a plow.

    • Agree: nokangaroos
    • LOL: Kolya Krassotkin
  258. @Dumbo

    The military has developed an especially outsize reliance on Black women
     
    China and Russia are doomed.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-nxhDhHl1ShM/UZFFgG2lk8I/AAAAAAAAADg/lgQA1qwac6c/s320/sassy+black+woman.jpg

    P.S. Shouldn't it read "a reliance on outsized Black women"?

    Replies: @El Dato, @AndrewR, @Charles St. Charles, @Alden, @njguy73, @Hamlet's Ghost, @Oscar Peterson, @BB753

    Please! Sassy obese black women with ‘tude and 3 kids out of wedlock are the backbone of our economy and society, the very fabric of civilization! They even got us to the moon, you bigot!

  259. @Icy Blast
    The Russians no doubt find this all highly amusing.

    Replies: @AndrewR, @Ragno

    Never interfere with your enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself.

    The only remaining question is who gets to plant their flag here first. Hunter Biden has accepted payoffs from both major players, signifying his dad’s viability to throwing it up to the highest bidder; but Team Shmuel may have tipped their hand early on. Putin has paid a surprising amount of lip service to Russia’s one true friend in the Middle East, but he should’ve known enough to realize that when you snatch your nation away from the predatory talons of Jewish oligarchs, they’re going to use their global propaganda machine – i.e., the “news” media – to demonize you nonstop. (If only he’d agreed to divvy up the country with them, they’d still be piping that dumb Sting song through shopping-mall PA systems every Christmas.)

    As for the Asian tiger, sure they’re ruthless and inscrutable….but so what? If the whole thing goes kablooey, it’ll be kids named Williams & Johnson, crucifix necklaces a-dangling, who’ll do the bleeding and dying; the Jewish (and, by now, culturally-Jewish) Deep State will see to that.

  260. @Hypnotoad666
    @BB753


    Perhaps tough non-binary trans-soldiers can make all the difference on a battlefield.
     
    Maybe the Army could make "Social Justice Warrior" into a literal thing. I don't know if they had a tranny corps, but the Greeks (of course) had gay special forces.

    The Sacred Band was an elite military unit from Thebes comprising 150 gay couples. At the Battle of Leuctra in 371 BC, these 300 gay warriors led the Theban army against the Spartan army. The Thebans won and shattered the Spartan control of Greece.

    The Thebans believed gay warriors fought better in order to impress and protect their lovers. If a lover fell during a battle, his partner would fight even harder to avenge his death. https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/sacred-band-of-thebes-4d3ae20987ec
     

    Replies: @CCZ, @BB753

    “Tranny Corps”? I’m all for it.

  261. [Person] joined the Army as an artillery soldier in 1987 and holds the Army’s most senior enlisted position. The saying was a way of expressing that, regardless of sex, race or background, the Army treated all soldiers the same. “Recently, someone told me, ‘When you say that, you don’t see all of me,’” he said.

    Not seeing all of said “someone” is no doubt a blessing.

    Long or big, loose hair isn’t a good idea for operating belt-fed weapons. Or artillery. Or for jumping out of aircraft and so on. Generally one doesn’t want to lose a chunk of scalp or have one’s head fed into a violent machine.

    Do deli workers want to sport loose ponytails or afros when slicing product?

  262. @Steve Sailer
    @epebble

    How can Boeing fail at building a new tanker jet when their old one, the KC35, has worked fine for 60 years?

    Replies: @raga10, @Jim Christian, @AceDeuce, @The Alarmist, @Anon87

    There is a good article out there which explains it. They went from having the aeronautic nerds run the show, to letting the MBAs take over. Less about developing cutting edge tech, more about shareholder value and enamored with the latest Harvard Business fads. Results speak for themselves.

    Elon Musk has said never hire MBAs unless you want to destroy your company. Results are speaking pretty well so far for SpaceX.

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