Well, at first glance it's not as wrong as Parts #1 and #2...
Yes, there are problems, however there seem to be a suggestion this is what the Army reserve have chosen:
e.g. As Steve B has pointed out, the current model of Reserve units seeks to mirror regular laydowns.
Maybe they think you have nothing to say?You had to mention that muppet and his lazy article. From it: "With a few exceptions (the House of Lords highlighted the integration of 77X) reserve training is broadly for no discernible purpose." Really? Based on what evidence? It looked a bit of a
combat-arms choppy hand and bluffoverconfident statement.
I'm still a bit underimpressed. I appreciate the difficulties of putting together a site as a part-time activity, but now they've started pushing out tweets saying "why not try writing an article?". Having reacted to @alfred_the_great and his challenge, I thought I'd put something together and sent it in late November. No reply since the automated response, not even after a chase-up. I mean, I'm just an out of date ex-STAB, but even a note to say "Sorry, too
chippybadly-written and under-evidenced, show again" would be nice...
True - but as you say they are both busy young men with actual jobs.Could well be, I'm nothing special. In which case, a polite "F**k off, there's a good chap" would be both polite and appropriate...
True - but as you say they are both busy young men with actual jobs.
My wife writes and her first 1000 or so goes got no response from any publisher - I am surprised that part time blog hosters are held to higher standards.
I am surprised that part time blog hosters are held to higher standards.
The same as the people who run the blog I expect. SFA
My bold. That this is still the case in such a technology-driven age is quite extraordinary - when I joined up back in the Stone Age, being seen to be actively interested in military 'thinking' was very much viewed as rather odd and there was a feeling that while officers should 'know their stuff' knowing too much of it interfered with the cult of 'amateurism' that the Army had made a fetish of.Refrained from judgement for quite a while re: the original poll, but despite the occasional good article posted, afraid it seems to be mostly a combination of OJAR polishing and right messaging.
The depressing thing the quality of writing and thinking in both. It's just through the ground. I'm mildly shocked at how poorly officers, in particular, are able to explain an idea. When you read US equivalents, many of them have adopted the irritating and opaque forms of postgraduate academic writing, but at least they have progressed beyond A-level essays to something you might see in a journal or opinion site.
I wonder if that is a legacy of the British Army being more skeptical of higher education, so fewer officer have exposure to it, or whether it's indicative of a genuinely reduced ability to make a case for their ideas.
It's no accident that throughout British military history, the innovative thinkers and radicals were rarely general officers - I think anti-intellectualism is caused in the main by the socio-cultural baggage the Army carries with it and its corrosive effect of form over substance.My guess would also be that the risk of publishing anything remotely controversial or off message is (correctly in my experience) seen as vastly greater than any potential reward of contributing to debate, identifying problems, introducing new ideas, etc.
Many years ago a CLF gave a course speech encouraging us junior officers to show moral courage and speak up about things at our level that were going wrong (which he openly acknowledged existed). I asked a) would there be, like bravery awards, any reward by [CLF; senior officers; anyone] if we did so? And b) how would he protect those who spoke up from being penalised by their immediate chains of command, those responsible for problems, or those who disagreed with him? There was quite a bit of mumbling that ended in a "good point, we'll have to look at that".
The abject lack of seriousness and thinking through the problem that is created by an anti-intellectual culture, is also one of the major roadbumps to solving an anti-intellectual culture.