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Subject: An apology to Braddock
Old Grunt    1/20/2006 3:09:04 PM
I never thought that it would happen but it has. I guess you really do have influence with the Department of Defense, or at least the Department of the Army. Just a few weeks ago you were lamenting that the oportunity for you to be a part of the Special Forces community was just not available and how you would jump at the chance if it became possible. I guess some of your influential friends here at the Pentagon heard you because just a few days later the Army raised the age limit for enlistment to 40 in order to accomodate your wish! You are now eligible to enlist as an 18X!! Man, you must be beside yourself with joy! When do you plan on going down to the recruiting station? I mean, you have the required GT score, experience and skills right? And with all the mentoring that you've gotten from "Green Berets" passing the screening tests should be a breeze for you! After all, the best way to influence the "Green Beret" community is to get assigned to USASOC headquarters and they only pull their staff from the operational community which, of course, you already knew. From there you can move to USSOCOM headquarters and have direct influence across the services. A man of your ability should be able to get assigned to the Pentagon staff after only three or four years of operational time. I wouldn't be surprised if you have already been down to the station! I mean, after all, you have assured us all time and again that you are a man of integrity and that you don't lie. And I know that you wouldn't be so superficial, selfish, and petty as to put the well being of yourself and your family above the welfare of the Nation who so desperately needs you. I would expect a lesser man to try and give some lame excuse for why he wasn't going to take advantage of the fantastic opportunity that he had been given, but not you!! I am so excited for you that you have finally been given your chance to show the world what you are really made of! Please keep us informed of your progress, I'm sure the other posters on this board will join me in congratulating you on receiving which you have so many times stated you wished you could get!
 
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BraddockCaesar    RE:An apology to Braddock   1/20/2006 4:56:22 PM
Old Grunt Whether or not I could get assigned to the Pentagon is not the issue. What is important is that I can produce the quality of work that is being done at the Pentagon, however, I would need my editor. "And with all the mentoring that you've gotten from "Green Berets" passing the screening tests should be a breeze for you!" Nothing is a breeze in the SOF world, as their is no ceiling concerning the training and operational parameters of special forces operations. That being said, I will still pass. I have made the call to set up a 'meet and greet' in the field with the 20th SF Group in Glen Arm, Maryland in order to display my mental and physical skills. I have yet to hear back from them. If you know of an AC component willing to unlock the door for a similar situation, set it up sir!! "After all, the best way to influence the "Green Beret" community is to get assigned to USASOC headquarters and they only pull their staff from the operational community which, of course, you already knew." I have a proposal for a better idea sir. Modular threat analysis teams deployed directly from A-Teams or in a unit designed specifically for modular threat analysis purposes. USASOC could provide oversight while avoiding a costly expansion of another training apparatus that takes up critical space. Trust me, I have looked at the FM threat analysis information and it can be improved dramatically. I mean that with all due respect sir. General Atkinson (former CSIS land warfare expert), says my work is at the General Staff College level. I had a 2 hour audience with him at his home near the Pentagon. He seemed to think I have a considerable amount of talent. He says my divergent distribution strategy was being discussed at the General Staff College. On another note, did you notice that Iran is moving their money from European banks to Southeast Asian banks. I hope that convinces you of my strategic thought essay that clearly detailed how economic alliances are the precursor for diplomatic and military reciprocity. Using China & the 10 Southeast nation coalition as a model, I clearly stated that this was the case and intent of such an occurrence. China is against sanctions as of yesterday. Iran threatened to withhold oil yesterday in the event that sanctions are imposed on them. Iran plans to place economic exertion on diverse regions across the globe should sanctions be placed on them. Today, they are moving their money to a region that is clearly under considerable influence of China, their G-8 proxy war ally. To allow this transfer clearly brings the flashpoint intervention issue into question concerning a vote for sanctions against Iran. China and Russia will probably vote no. 'A man of your ability should be able to get assigned to the Pentagon staff after only three or four years of operational time.' Whether or not I could get assigned to the Pentagon is not the issue. What is important is that I can produce the quality of work that is being done at the Pentagon, however, I would need my editor. The ARNG enlistment age has been 42 for at least 6 months. I can function effectively in either branch, however I have given the ARNG the right of first refusal.
 
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GOP    RE:An apology to Braddock   1/20/2006 5:08:26 PM
Braddock, I am glad to see you are going to actually do what you said and you contacted 20th group. Good luck (seriously), maybe I'll see you in the field in a few years (if I am able to make it). Good luck, it's going to be tough...especially with you being 40. A word of advice...be kind and don't be arrogant. Have fun
 
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lrsrng    RE:An apology to Braddock   1/20/2006 5:15:46 PM
Old Grunt I admire your hummble Humility.I know Terrance is physicaly fit as he has conveyed on many ocassions.I am 42 and in great physical shape but my body does not recover from injuries as well as it did in my teen and twenties.I am wise enough to know my limitations.How many 40 year olds do you think can make it?I know I could more then max the PT at a 17Yr olds standard what I know I could not do today is Drive on thru injuries.If I had to complete Ranger school today I would not give myself a high percentage of sucsess.I have 100% confidence that Braddock will make the tripple canopy.I would be amased if many other 40 yr olds made it.This will be interesting.
 
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BraddockCaesar    RE:An apology to Braddock   1/20/2006 5:23:11 PM
Regardless of what anyone tells you, SOF fitness is different than Conventional force fitness.You can max a pt in the conventional force and be humbled by the terrain. I have seen it happen. SOF fitness is terrain and ruck readiness based everyday.
 
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GOP    RE:An apology to Braddock   1/20/2006 5:24:19 PM
>>Old Grunt I admire your hummble Humility.I know Terrance is physicaly fit as he has conveyed on many ocassions.I am 42 and in great physical shape but my body does not recover from injuries as well as it did in my teen and twenties.I am wise enough to know my limitations.How many 40 year olds do you think can make it?I know I could more then max the PT at a 17Yr olds standard what I know I could not do today is Drive on thru injuries.If I had to complete Ranger school today I would not give myself a high percentage of sucsess.I have 100% confidence that Braddock will make the tripple canopy.I would be amased if many other 40 yr olds made it.This will be interesting. << Not Old Grunt, but it is pretty simple. If he gets hurt, he is probably finished. Not only will his body take longer to recover, but it will get injured easier. Just don't get hurt, Braddock (Terrance, whatever). You are going to be in training with some extremely fit, tough, and confident 18-28 year olds, so you are going to have to push yourself hard to compete with them, but not go overboard and get hurt. I personally think he will struggle, but he might make it. He just doesn't need to expect to be able to keep up with the younger guys
 
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shek    RE:An apology to Braddock   1/20/2006 6:07:00 PM
General Atkinson (former CSIS land warfare expert), says my work is at the General Staff College level. I had a 2 hour audience with him at his home near the Pentagon. He seemed to think I have a considerable amount of talent. He says my divergent distribution strategy was being discussed at the General Staff College. Sorry, the name General Atkinson doesn't check out on CSIS, GOMO, or the USAR web pages.
 
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Braddock    RE:An apology to Braddock   1/20/2006 6:56:28 PM
You don't have the need to know. Don't worry about what does'nt concern you kid.
 
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lrsrng    RE:An apology to Braddock   1/20/2006 7:17:51 PM
Atkinson, Dr Gerald L Drmore 61** Rayburn Dr Temple Hills, MD 20748-3851 (301) 899-**** Bradock I got this out of a medical directory.He is a Psychiatrist do you go to his home often to discuss your delusions Opps I mean strategic Ideas.Braddock do you realise you share a trait with two other infamous Generals Napolean and Hitler.They were both corporals who came to power and tried to prove there great military stratigies.
 
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GOP    RE:An apology to Braddock   1/20/2006 7:30:12 PM
>>Atkinson, Dr Gerald L Drmore 61** Rayburn Dr Temple Hills, MD 20748-3851 (301) 899-**** Bradock I got this out of a medical directory.He is a Psychiatrist do you go to his home often to discuss your delusions Opps I mean strategic Ideas.Braddock do you realise you share a trait with two other infamous Generals Napolean and Hitler.They were both corporals who came to power and tried to prove there great military stratigies. << That is very odd. The guys name doesn't come up on CSIS, but he is in the area and a psychiatrist. Braddock's stories, etc, is/are extremely weird.
 
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Braddock    Ask CSIS about General Atkeson(forgive my typo)   1/20/2006 7:30:22 PM
The General is well respected at CSIS. He no longer does contract work for them. Our Mesopotamian Foes: Just Who Are They? Army, Mar 2005 by Atkeson, Edward B Save a personal copy of this article and quickly find it again with Furl.net. It's free! Save it. For more than three years the nation has been at war against global terrorism. In that time the struggle has branched out from the stunning attacks on the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon to involve vigorous air and ground reactions and the deployment of hundreds of thousands of U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The former was especially notable as the first instance of the invocation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty. A member state (the United States) had been attacked, and all members of the alliance were obliged to come to its assistance. But that venture has not grabbed the national attention-or the controversy-of the second. While Afghanistan will be written into the history of NATO, it appears that Iraq will not. Oddly enough, the American public is probably better informed about both the initial assault and the day-to-day follow-on combat actions on Iraqi highways and rubblestrewn streets than it has been about any other war in its history. Much credit is probably due to the embedding of civilian correspondents with Army and Marine units in the field. While some observers suspect the Pentagon of tardy explanations of unfavorable events (for example, the mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Graib prison), by and large, the public's thirst for news has not been badly served by DoD officials. To most interested viewers and readers, both the Secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are well known figures on television and in the press. Nevertheless, however bountiful the flow of friendly information, it does not include much about the enemy. Either DoD does not know much, or it is loath to reveal that which it does know. Perhaps both. At any rate, to much of America's informed public, the enemy is little more than a shadowy and murderous religious fanatic in a ski mask who hates the West for no comprehensible reason. Indeed, one might say, he shows little appreciation for the trouble to which we have gone to liberate him from a hideous dictator. Our Mesopotamian Foes: Just Who Are They? Army, Mar 2005 by Atkeson, Edward B Save a personal copy of this article and quickly find it again with Furl.net. It's free! Save it. Continued from page 1. In Mosul, the police were hit by a car bomb after they had gathered to investigate a loaded tanker truck bomb. The resulting blast was so great it destroyed an entire building and two armored vehicles parked nearby. A most sophisticated IED weapon system was encountered on December 4, when a U.S. Stryker (armored wheeled combat vehicle) unit encountered a camouflaged string of bombs along a highway. There were at least 10 packages of artillery shells, spaced 150 to 200 yards apart, detonated in a measured pattern as the troops passed by. Insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades, AK-47 assault rifles and machine guns also took part in the ambush of the Stryker patrol. Perhaps most disturbing is the insurgents' confidence, even iness, in the execution of their plans. On December 19, an armed group on Haifa Street, a main downtown artery in Baghdad, attacked and killed three Iraqi election officials. The assailants did not even bother to wear masks. They pulled their victims from their car in the middle of morning traffic, shot them in the street and escaped, some of them apparently in the stolen vehicle. Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U.S. Central Command, has chosen the term "Salafist jihadists" to describe the most troublesome Sunni fighters. The formulation harkens back to the Prophet himself, often referred to as the "Salai." In the general's view, the insurgents constitute a broader and more diffuse threat than does al Qaeda. The general perceives the insurgents as "a loose network of like-minded individuals using 21st-century technology to spread their vision of a 7th-century paradise." As he points out, their agents are known to frequent the Internet and global media and to employ "weapons of mass effect"-gruesome beheadings and the creation of panic-to achieve their ends. "Their battle is cultural," he adds, "not just physical." One of Gen. Abizaid's principal subordinates, Vice Admiral David Nichols, 5th Fleet commander, has added his view that "the clash of civilizations has become the main organizing principle of life" in the region. At the same time, in one of its longer-term projections, the National Intelligence Council at the CIA suggested that the Iraqi conflict "could provide recruitment, training grounds, technical skills and language proficiency for a new class of terrorists who are 'professionalized' and for whom political violence becomes an end in itself." Further, the Council went on
 
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