MIL Let me get some useful information out of this forum....

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  1. EYOB

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    You guys know of a pleasant way to get educated on stuff in the military ??

    Like Humvee Radios & vehicle maintenance and how to be productive when having nothing to do. Basically shit to be a better soldier. I would like to be a soldier that people can look up to to get shit done that they don't know how to do themselves. I'm gonna start the arduous process of using Google for this purpose.
     
  2. thekinggovernor

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    READ

    The War in Iraq:

    Other Views:
    "The United States, Iraq, and the War on Terror" by Lee Kuan Yew
    -- (Lee Kuan Yew - Former Prime Minister of Singapore - Sometimes referred to as "the most benevolent dictator in the world")

    Invasion:
    "Cobra II" by Michael R. Gordan & Bernard E. Trainor
    -- (Definitive "Must Read" for inside view of War Planning between DoD and CENTCOM)
    "Battle Ready" by Tom Clancy
    -- (Biography of GEN Zinni - GEN Franks' Predecessor)
    "Thunder Run" by David Zuchino
    -- (The Taking of Baghdad; how one US Army Colonel ended Major Combat Operations)
    "The Secret History of the Iraq War" by Yousef Bodansky
    -- (Great detailed analalysis on the U.S. diplomatic failures in Turkey in the buildup to the invasion)

    Current Maladies:
    "Iraq's Civil War" by James Fearon
    James Fearon Testimony before Congress on the Iraq Civil War
    "A Failure in Generalship" by Lt Col Paul Yingling
    -- (Lt Col Yingling - Cdr 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment examines the lack of inovations in today's Generals while also investigating their lack of sensitivies)
    "Bush and the Generals" by Michael C. Desch
    -- (Interesting piece from someone intricately tied to Robert Gates {SecDef} and President Bush at the same time - The tone is highly open and critical of President Bush - Good companion read to Lt Col Yingling's article above.)

    Solutions:
    "Out of Iraq" by George C. McGovern
    -- (Great writeup in early chapters on British Control of Iraq in the 1920's)
    "How to Leave Iraq" by Michael Duffy
    -- (Time Magazine article that clearly articulates the logistical nightmare that would be created by a movement out of theater.)
    "The End of Iraq" by Peter Galbraith
    -- (Un-abashedly "Pro-Kurdish")
    "The Iraq Study Group Report"
    -- (Presents 75 "Must Do" points to the President - Arguably, 15 of the points are repetative, and 10 are not really necessary - 50 remain relevant and incredibly important. Of these 50, only 15-20 are addressed by the President's "Surge Plan".)
    "Choosing Victory: A Plan For Success in Iraq." by Frederick Kagan (American Enterprise Institute)
    -- (NeoCon paper that served as the basis for the President's plan, aka "The Surge")

    Iranian Involvement and Ambitions:
    "The Shia Revival" by Vali Nasr
    "Confronting Iran" by Ali M. Ansari
    "Guests of the Ayatollah" by Mark Bowden
    -- (Cessation of Iranian and American Ties)
    "Time for Détente With Iran" by Ray Takeyh

    NeoCon Dreaming:
    "Iraq: Setting the Record Straight" by PNAC
    "State of Denial - Bush at War Part III" by Bob Woodward
    -- (I wasn't really sure where to put this title as Woodward isn't a war reporter and it's really evident in the text of this book. Woodward really exposes some of the dreaming that the administration did when they went into this. Not 100% factual by any stretch of the imagination but a good layout of how mismanaged the war has been from the start.)

    The Hangover
    "Who Lost Iraq" by James Dobbins
    -- (Details critical missteps made along the way and who's been forthright in assumption of responsibility and who has not.)

    Blackwatergate
    "Outsourcing War" by P.J. Singer
    -- (P.J. Singer did groundbreaking work in detailing how the Industrial Military Complex has shifted many of it's responsibilities to the private contracting firms. 2005)
    "Private Warriors" - PBS Special on Contractors in Iraq (Video)
    "Can’t Win With ‘Em, Can’t Go To War Without ‘Em: Private Military Contractors and Counterinsurgency" by P.J. Singer
    -- (Singer readdresses his previous work with a fresh perspective now that Blackwater is under fire. This time he's armed with better statistics and numbers proving that America is still fighting this war by proxy.)
    "Blackwater" by Jeremy Scahill
    -- (Scahill comes at the problem like a rabid out of work college graduate hellent on proving to the world that he's a serious journalist. At times his left leaning agenda and neo-con hate come shining through but oddly enough he manages to form a coherent point backed by solid research.)

    More Articles from James Fearon:
    http://www.stanford.edu/~jfearon/

    Globalisation
    --ANTI
    "Globalization and its Discontents" by Joseph Stiglitz
    "Making Globalization Work" by Joseph Stiglitz

    --PRO
    "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" by Thomas Friedman
    "The World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman

    --The Core and the Non-Integrating Gap
    "The Pentagon's New Map" by Thomas Barnett
    "Imperial Grunts" by Robert D. Kaplan

    Odds & Ends
    "The Army We Have" by Brian Mockenhaupt (The Atlantic Monthly - June 2007)
    "AWOL: The Unescused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service" by Kathy Roth-Douquet and Frank Schaeffer
    "On Killing" by Lt Col (Ret) Dave Grossman
    "War Made New - Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History 1500 to Today" by Max Boot
     
  3. Burrito10

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    Uhh.. i dont think thats what he means, foxnews. Go find a connex full of old TMs or something. anytime you see one layin around just snag it. :dunno:
     
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    Google...
    Not being a smartass but its what I use daily..
     
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    hang around mechanics and radio operators
     
  6. tan koi

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    TMs/FMs are great for references, but you'll only learn by applying.

    Talk to your unit's 25/94 series for signal/radio stuff and ask questions about your vehicles in the motorpool. Most of your general army stuff (DA forms, ARs, etc) can be googled.
     
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    haha, isn't that from Major's sig.

    good shit :coold:
     
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    There's a lot of army manuals out there.

    I just read a couple on map reading, navigation and interrogation.
     
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    nobody ever knows what 94 series is :wtc: gets annoying trying to explain it all the time
     
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    What about those PM comics? They are packed full of info that you could spread around to the other troops.
     
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    id go find the smartest comms guy you can and ask him if hes got any time to train you on the stuff...
     
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    Doesn't your AKO site have stuff like that on various subjects?

    We have Marine Net....:dunno:
     
  15. EYOB

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    I wanted to find something online so I could learn at my own pace. Yeah, there is someone I can ask, but like I said...
     
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    go to your commo shop ask to set up a class with one of the 25u on radio systems and basic maintenance and trouble shooting. They should do it for you and your platoon or whatever, and it will benefit everyone especially the s6.
     
  17. evan2

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    If you wanna be the guy that can get shit done then learn how to go out and find out information on your own instead of asking others.

    that is your starter
     
  18. EYOB

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    How do I do that ?? :mamoru:
     
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    Maybe if you go ask your team leader he might be willing to give you some of the knowledge that he has. Im sure that people in your platoon also have that same knowledge. It wouldnt hurt if you asked them to show you. If you are to modest to ask then grab a tm and start reading.
     
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    :hug: Don't worry. I know what you do.
     
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