"They were easy to talk to. I didn't expect that," said [US Marine] Sergeant Andre Livsey, 22, from Massachusetts. "We always think the British have higher standards, would think of us as a little immature. But we found out they are just like us."
The troops at grass roots level probably haven't doubted us since WW2 thanks to closer working relations, joint exercises and the "Special Relationship" mentality. Howerer politicians and senior command figures play by their own rules and one of the current themes is to belittle and criticise the other side in order to hide our own short comings.
My experience of working with yanks is generally positive. They're polite, hardworking and disciplined. They can sometimes be a little officious particularly their NCO class but the same could be said for alot of ours these days.
I have only just spotted this topic. That article is very interesting reading and basicaly reinforces what I have felt for a long time. Our troops are magnificent, their resources (materiel not personal) are woefull and the government "support" criminal.
Good article, always nice to hear another countries forces views about our 'badass troops'. I hope that this, and other articles that have surfaced recently, are not only a flash in the pan when it comes to highlighting the disadvantage to which everyone on HERRICK seems to be working when compared to the Yanks.