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Subject: One less skill for soldiers to master at boot camp: bayonet training
ambush    10/2/2010 10:04:23 PM
In keeping with its long established tradition of screwing up training with things like coed basic training the Army does this: "One less skill for soldiers to master at boot camp: bayonet training Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling opted to discontinue bayonet training for Army recruits"
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ambush       10/2/2010 10:15:56 PM
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ambush       10/2/2010 10:52:08 PM
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JFKY    OK, I'll bite....   10/8/2010 11:22:52 AM
What value does Bayonet Training provide?  In a choice between an extra road march or training in the use of a knife or pugil sticks or the like I'd chose them over bayonet training...
Sorry, don't see this as a bad thing, you know the Army, they guyz fighting the Ground War, don't see Bayonet Training as particularly useful, so why shouldn't I accept their judgment?
Bayonet Training, from my friends at least, was nice for firing the troops up and reminding them that they were, indeed a a part of the Army, and "Lean n'Mean" Killing Machines...but beyond that it's practical value was nil.  I think most anyone IN THE ARMY NOW, realizes what the job is...and what it may entail.  It's  not like they've been living under a rock for the last 9 years.
Bottom-Line: mayhap the USA has found that for firing up the troops there are other approaches that work and are more useful...Sorry if the NFL abolished a particular drill I wouldn't comment on it negatively, after the NFL is doing what they do week in and week-out, they know what prepares players and what doesn't...but the Army, somehow is different?
Sounds more like Soldiers for the Truth than a valid critique, to me.
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