|Hello everybody; I’m here to pick your brains again. Here goes; “What are the specific things that go into training high quality military soldiers?” rephrased, the question could be “What should the mid-high level military/civilian commanders do to ensure very high level troops”. This is from an administrative point of view; not a technology point of view. I’m asking this question because I’m interested in learning about the specific process of running a large team of people (related to my work) but mainly as a reaction to the article posted on the front page here about the declining quality of the European troops.
I’ve already got these things:
(1) rely on volunteers instead of draftees.
(2) give good enough pay (and benefits/ living standards; etc) to retain veterans so that you end up with mostly “lifers” instead of short timers.
(3) Be willing to spend more money then you think that you would need to for training (fuel/ammo, misc logistics); try to make training as realistic as possible; be willing to risk losing a few soldiers to death/injury from training rather overly watering down the training.
(4) Try as much as possible to take part in war games/joint exercises with other countries.
(5) Try as much as possible to take part in all “peacekeeping” missions and other type of “alliances” (like the multinational forces in Afghanistan) even if that particular war is not that important to your country; in order to provide as much real life experience as possible for your soldiers.
(6) be willing to fund your logistical arm supply/transport, etc) a lot more then you originally plan; because that branch is often overlooked and under funded.
What more could you add? What are some specific things that some countries lack?