By Paul Robinson, Nigel de Lee and Don Carrick, Paul Robinson, Nigel De Lee, Don Carrick
Mr. Robinson, Mr. De Lee, and Mr. Carrick
firstly, thanks greatly for utilizing my very casual e-book assessment of Thomas Ricks' Fiasco for this booklet, Ethics schooling within the army. i'm the Amazon reviewer often called "M Vigue". really, my identify is William Vigue, and that i was once a Sergeant hooked up to the 4th Infantry Unit in 2003 and 2004 in Iraq. i haven't learn all of your publication, yet learn the web excerpt on Colonel Sassaman and your trust that he represented disasters in army ethics through the preliminary Iraq army crusade. whereas i'm neither an army specialist, nor ethics expert...my statement at the Ricks' ebook (Fiasco) used to be that he was once too speedy accountable and make a scapegoat of Colonel Sassaman with no relatively getting a superior historical past at the complexities of the realm of Operation for the 4th Infantry in 2003-2004. I had learn Mr. Ricks' booklet - Making the Corps, and had well known the author's stance on how the put up Vietnam and pre September 11 army had created a great volunteer strength that used to be made of terrible and decrease heart classification younger women and men in the USA. I additionally trendy Ricks' rivalry that a lot of America's elites of the put up WW2/Korea new release had did not serve, and a few had disdain for America's volunteer army in an more and more harmful, unstable, and intricate pre-9/11 and submit Bosnia/Haiti global. in retrospect at Making the Corps, I felt that he expected tensions among a civilian led division of safety that had leaders who hadn't served in wrestle or any army provider for that topic utilizing the delicate all volunteer army inappropriately and as an finally disposable device if want be. Ricks' Making the Corps said that pre-9/11 American society will be not able to sacrifice to struggle useful and bigger scale wars sooner or later. i believe that his statement was once useless on and well-known his portrayal of the army and the Marine Corps of the time. His booklet Fiasco stunned me, simply because i think that Colonel Nate Sassaman was once lower from an identical textile as males that he famous in Making the Corps like destiny VA Senator James Webb. He commends Webb for making tough and upcompromising management judgements in Vietnam, and lots compliment on Webb's fictional yet in response to real reports Fields of Fire.
I do commend your hyperlink of Colonel Sassaman to the united states Army's "Warrior Ethos". I firmly agree that he was once the dwelling, respiring, actual deal essence of what the Warrior Ethos used to be and is for the USA military. rather than easily echoing Thomas Ricks assumptions approximately Sassaman. I by no means observed nor heard of Thomas Ricks even being in theatre in the course of 2003-2004, less the 4th Infantry's quarter of Operation. I want that Sassaman could were judged extra objectively in your half. i feel the mess ups in Iraq of that first 12 months (OIF-1) begun with the civilian management on the best of the DOD and particularly on the division of country and their mess ups with the CPA in Baghdad. it's my opinion that Colonel Sassaman didn't got down to turn into the "warrior king'' because the long island instances and Mr. Filkins might have you ever imagine. The 4th Infantry department was once undermanned and undertrained in very complicated situational atmosphere and always lacked aid on from self serving better army gurus, ie; Colonel Rudesheim, who was once Sassaman's more suitable officer that not often left the air conditioned confines of Saddam's Tikrit Palaces, and different commanders like Ricardo Sanchez within the eco-friendly area. No civilian DoD management dared enterprise journeys to make feedback at the flooring, and for the 1st six months in that AO, all we did was once proceed a conserving development whereas we waited for directives on what to do. the entire whereas, the insurgency started to develop and civilians puzzled how the strong American army computing device, which ran via their kingdom in precisely 3 weeks didn't have a plan as soon as the Baath get together fell. As extra American squaddies died and no significant tips or kind of aid from the management on the very most sensible. Colonel Sassaman and his officials had no selection yet to fall again at the Warrior Ethos and its code of taking good care of ones personal squaddies. only a few excessive score officials of the put up Vietnam military have been keen to chance their careers to do this sort of factor, particularly with out a transparent plan for this war's post-Saddam Iraq pursuits. although, Colonel Sassaman discovered crucial factor used to be getting lots of his males again domestic as may be attainable, whereas attempting to support the Iraqis that didn't are looking to the cruelty of Saddam's regime. Ask the Iraqi civilians in predominately Shia urban of Balad in their opinion of Colonel Sassaman, and also you become aware of he could were elected mayor for how he safe them from the violent Sunni enclaves outdoor in their urban. till the civilian planners and "perfumed princes"(as the overdue nice David Hackworth may possibly say), the officials that by no means left critical Command in Qatar, or the golf green region in Baghdad, or the palaces of Tikrit got here up with a transparent and possible plan, Sassaman made the simplest offerings that an very unlikely scenario may supply. it is simple in hindsight to criticize him in warfare faculties and highbrow Ivy towers, with no the complexity and ever altering dynamic of twenty first century struggle at the flooring. Going again to the "Warrior Ethos" used to be the perfect factor to do, no longer the inaccurate process action.
fmr Sgt. William Vigue
411 Civil Affairs hooked up to third Brigade of 4th Infantry - Oct 2003 to March 2004
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Students, of course, salute senior officers. They are also expected to do other things such as to say ‘Good morning, Sir’ when passing a civilian or to hold doors open for others. With this goes teaching about how to behave at formal dinners, in the Officers Mess and in others’ homes. A thank you letter for hospitality received must follow, promptly, an invitation to someone’s home for a meal. Students dress smartly both in uniform and in their civilian clothes. They must dress at all times in a way that would not attract the critical attention of a Regimental Sergeant Major.
Sandhurst makes a determined effort to change the thinking and the behaviour of its students, and so it is inevitably involved in moral education. It would be impossible to complete the course unless one learnt military etiquette. To succeed, students need to change their thinking about themselves, about others and about the military community that they are joining. It may be possible to bluff about this changed thinking, yet Sandhurst puts students in such demanding, tiring and stressful circumstances, and then evaluates how they behave, that this seems unlikely.