General: The Army Is Breaking Down

From The Weekly Standard:

It happened after World War II and it happened after Vietnam.  Now, after years of repeated deployments, the Army, as Robert H. Scales writes the U.S. Army is breaking down.

The Obama administration just announced a 40,000 reduction in the Army’s ranks. But the numbers don’t begin to tell the tale. Soldiers stay in the Army because they love to go into the field and train; Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently said that the Army will not have enough money for most soldiers to train above the squad level this year. Soldiers need to fight with new weapons; in the past four years, the Army has canceled 20 major programs, postponed 125 and restructured 124. The Army will not replace its Reagan-era tanks, infantry carriers, artillery and aircraft for at least a generation. Soldiers stay in the ranks because they serve in a unit ready for combat; fewer than a third of the Army’s combat brigades are combat-ready.

Scales knows of what he writes.  He is a retired Major General and former commandant of the U.S. Army War College.

And he can still recall how, when he was a boy, his father – who was an army officer – told him of the U.S. Army paid a price, in Korea, for being unprepared:

He told me how poorly his men were prepared for war. Many had been killed or captured by the North Koreans. During the retreat from the Yalu River, some of his soldiers were in such bad physical shape that they dropped exhausted along the road to wait to be taken captive.

“We have no sergeants, son,” he told me, shaking his head, “and without them we are no longer an Army.”

And Scales, himself, can recall how just back from Vietnam, in the early 70s, he:

… carried a pistol to protect myself from my own soldiers. Many of the soldiers were on hard drugs. The barracks were racial battlegrounds pitting black against white. Again, the Army had broken because the sergeants were gone. By 1971, most were either dead, wounded or had voted with their feet to get away from such a devastated institution.

And now, writes Scales,

After 13 years of war, young leaders are voting with their feet again. As sergeants and young officers depart, the institution is breaking for a third time in my lifetime. The personal tragedies that attended the collapse of a soldier’s spirit in past wars are with us again. Suicide, family abuse, alcohol and drug abuse are becoming increasingly more common.

Once again, the Army is breaking down.


With the mindset of the leadership we have in place, how could it go any other way? Allowing open homosexuality into the military, issuing diminished rules of engagement, and Chaplains who can’t minister to the troops are but a few of the problems affecting our troops.

The feds won’t replace the Reagan-era equipment, yet they have surplus they give away to various police departments. It makes no sense.


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8 Responses to General: The Army Is Breaking Down

  1. vonmesser says:

    It’s not just the Army. IMHO the Air Farce has always been broken down, and the Navy is having a hard time keeping good Chiefs and Firsr Class.

    • Kathy says:

      It stands to reason that it would affect all the services, considering O’s agenda to weaken us to the same level of other countries.

  2. JenZ says:

    It makes perfect sense if someone has ulterior motives toward our military and country.

    • Kathy says:

      Exactly, Jen, and we know the heathen in the White House has those ulterior motives.

      The sloppy work at the VA seems to be part of the plan, and when you look at the huge number of veteran suicides it’s apparent they’re suffering for it.

  3. Uriel says:

    It speaks Volumes when forced retirements and jettisoned top brass tell their kids to Not join even though they want to. O has done just that in last 3 years. Those guys were Good at leading so of course they had to go.

  4. Blessed B. says:

    Getting rid of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has taken it’s toll also. Not only are you pitting blacks against whites but now you have gays against straights….. many have left the service due to this.

    I have heard though from an Army Drill Sergeant that there is a new brand of recruit joining….. the Redneck, Southern Baptist, right out of High School. They come in all prepared for boot camp. Buffed and polished…. hair shaved off, muscled and Confederate flag tattooed….even the girls! They are the new Army that Obama had not planned for.

    • I.R. Wayright says:

      They must have gotten tired of paying for their own ammo. Why else would anybody sign up with the Commander-in-Chief we have now?

  5. Hardnox says:

    This has been going on for a long time since the politicians decided that the military should be a social experiment instead of a fighting force designed to wipe out our enemies.

    Batears has simply taken everything to a new lower level. It can be repaired but at great cost.