U.S. soldiers take the Online Academic Skills Course at the education center on USAG Benelux-Brunssum, Netherlands, Aug. 18, 2022. (U.S. Army photo by Sandra Wilson)

Mandatory training is an often unpleasant, time-consuming fact of life in the Army, but some reserve commanders want to rethink how big of a priority it is.

The Army requires soldiers to sit through roughly a dozen training courses per year, such as suicide prevention and cyber security fundamentals. Though the courses cover service priorities, they often boil down to soldiers clicking their way through dull online training.

The courses also eat up valuable time that is in short supply, especially for those serving in the National Guard and reserve. They are difficult for the reserve components to squeeze into their already tight training schedules...

To read more visit Military Times.

The Army Has Core Values, Senior “Leaders” Can’t Seem to Find Them

I was asked recently for advice on how to deal with a persistent conflict between two people, both working in the political arena. The advice I gave was to avoid the emotional and personal side of it and measure all actions against a set standard. In this case the set standard was a series of statements in a political platform document, and the U.S. Constitution. This allows for impartial discussion measured against principles and standards only.

The U.S. Army requires adherence to a set of principles and standards called the Army Values, known by the acronym LDRSHIP. It stands for Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. This performance standard applies to all serving in the Army, without regard to rank. I crafted hundreds of performance evaluations over my years of service and measuring Soldiers of all ranks against this common standard was critical. The oath of office demands service to the people through the principle of defending the constitution alone. Similarly, the point of defining the Army’s core values was to ensure those serve know they are to adhere to certain principles of conduct regardless of the cost. 

Unfortunately, the Army’s senior “leaders” do not measure up to their own grade sheet, and their subordinates can see it. 

Loyalty - bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other Soldiers.

Rather than display this kind of loyalty, the Army’s current “leadership” pursues patriots who serve and displays loyalty only to the pursuit of a woke agenda, illegal vax mandates, and self-preservation for the sake of career and paycheck. Worst case is they are willingly pursuing these measures to help destroy our Army’s readiness from the inside. 

Duty - fulfill your obligations.

Their obligations are defined by their oath to the U.S. Constitution and to the people who have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness under that contract. Today’s senior “leaders” are again failing to do their duty by destroying the Army’s readiness to fight and win. 

Respect - Treat people as they should be treated.

Each day I work with those still in uniform as their chain of command pursues them with a relentlessness normally reserved for enemies of the United States. There is no respect for those serving who do not blindly or willingly accept the administration’s destructive agenda. 

Selfless Service - Put the welfare of the nation, the Army, and your subordinates before your own.

There seems to be a trend in that each of the Army values are ignored and replace by other priorities. These “leaders” are supposed to exemplify these values in daily life and leadership but ignore them instead. By attacking patriots from inside the ranks, these “leaders” display no concern for the welfare of this Constitutional Republic, the Army, or the subordinates and the families who become the casualties of a domestic battlefield. 

Honor - Live up to all the Army values.

By now it’s clear to all of us who’ve served, and many still serving that such “leaders” lack honor.  Veterans and retirees like me and many others fight each day to expose those who wear the rank but can’t and won’t lead. 

Integrity - Do what’s right, legally and morally.

In watching the Congressional testimony of senior ranking officers after America’s surrender in Afghanistan, it’s clear they chose to serve the gods of self and administration preservation. The easier lie was accepted over the harder truth and Americans know it. Those serving now, and those who might consider serving saw it too. Many serving still uphold the Army Values like Atlas holds up the world, under significant weight, as those highest-ranking officers press down on them in hopes they’ll break and submit. 

Personal Courage - Face fear, danger or adversity (physical or moral).

Having spent years in combat there’s no way to truly describe the physical courage it takes to go on combat missions not knowing if you’ll survive. I’ve escaped death on many occasions and have buried too many friends unable to escape that fate. Some of today’s senior ranking officers displayed physical courage in combat but worked their way to positions where moral courage is required. Moral courage is the harder of the two to display. Someone might wonder if I’m unjustly criticizing others for that which I may never have had the opportunity to display. I sacrificed a career to a single decision made while training an Aviation Task Force at the army’s National Training Center in January 2018. I would do it again as I am convinced it saved lives.

As a retired senior army officer, I’m contacted daily by those still serving who are keeping as low a profile as possible in hopes that the American people will provide the civilian oversight needed to fix this problem. Many have already paid the price for standing up for what is right, and I fear that’s what these senior officers want, to cull the ranks of patriots. 

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Darin Gaub is an Army veteran, Blackhawk helicopter pilot and former Air Assault Battalion Commander, international military strategist, and Co-founder/Executive Director of Restore Liberty. Col. Gaub spent 28 years in military service, with 7 years in command, and three years training military forces for combat, including “hybrid warfare” environments.  He helped to build contingency plans for the unique characteristics of a conflict in Eastern Europe based on lessons from Russian operations in Georgia and Syria. He completed four deployments to Afghanistan, as well as South Korea, Eastern Europe, and North Africa.

The US Army is testing a prototype M1A2 SEPv4 Abrams tank in Arizona and hopes to field the first operational examples in Fiscal Year 2025.

hat appear to be the first pictures of a prototype of the newest version of the Abrams tank, the M1A2 System Enhanced Package Version 4 (SEPv4) variant, have emerged online. The tank in question is currently undergoing testing at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

Pictures of the improved Abrams were posted earlier today on the official Facebook page for the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, which is part 1st Cavalry Division's 1st Bridge Combat Team based at Fort Hood in Texas. The tank has "M1A2 SEPv4" emblazoned at least on the front end of the right side of its hull, along with "PV05 SEPV4" written in various locations on the hull.

Members of 2-12th Cavalry are helping to test the new Abrams variant at Yuma. The Facebook post was subsequently taken down, but the photographs are now widely circulating elsewhere on social media...

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Jamie Lee Henry, image via BrightestYoungThings 2015 interview

U.S. Army Major Dr. Jamie Lee Henry, who came out as the first openly trans officer on 2015, is accused of betraying the military and country he serves by working with his wife Dr. Anna Gabrielian, an anesthesiologist at Johns Hopkins, to give medical records to Russia on patients at Fort Bragg and Hopkins, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday by the Department of Justice. The couple was dealing with an undercover FBI agent posing as a Russian embassy staffer after Gabrielien had allegedly reached out to the Russian embassy. Gabrielian reportedly claimed she was motivated by patriotism for Russia. Gabrielian’s profile at Hopkins says she speaks Russian and English.

Harris came out as trans in 2015 in an article published by Buzzfeed.

Press release by the DOJ details a stunning story:

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When the Obama Administration opened up all combat roles to women, the Army needed a gender neutral physical fitness test to put both genders on an even playing field. Under the Trump administration, the army released the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) to do just that.

However, on March 23rd, 2022, Biden’s woke Secretary of the Army, Christine Wormuth, replaced the ACFT with easier exercises and a grading scale that desperately favors women. Furthermore, the Secretary will not allow subordinate commanders to set their own expectations, except for the Special Forces community which already had this capability.

Now that women are held to a lower standard than men, if the Secretary of the Army does not close combat arms branches to women, Army units will bear the consequences of this political decision in dire combat situations.

On May 28th, 2021, Secretary Wormuth was sworn in as the 26th secretary of the Army. She was a political pick, based on her gender as the first female Secretary. This is similar to Biden’s supreme court pick, Kentanji Brown Jackson, who was selected on the basis of gender and skin color. Wormuth never served in the U.S. military and spent her career both in government, and at the Rand Corporation, a left-leaning U.S. military think tank.

The Secretary has made other significant policy changes in the Army, including relaxing hairstyles for soldiers throughout the ranks. In March of 2021, Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson accused senior leaders of “feminizing” the military. “So we’ve got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits,” Carlson said, also referring to recent updates to Army and Air Force hair regulations. “Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. It’s a mockery of the U.S. military.” 

Lt. Cmdr. Jacqueline Nordan, Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve’s (CNAFR) mobilization program manager, poses in the first Navy maternity flight suit. CNAFR was recently selected to participate in a preliminary rollout of a new maternity flight suit in a step to better support expecting mothers. (Stephen Hickok/U.S. Navy)

Janon Miller at The Daily Mail wrote,

“As the world braces for a potential WWIII, the U.S. Army is lowering its fitness standards to be ‘more inclusive’. The Army is changing several of its fitness test exercises – including the dreaded leg tucks – in favor of planks because about half of all female soldiers were unable to complete the exercise. The new Army Combat Fitness Test, ACFT, which is comprised of six exercises, also slashes the number of push-ups from 30 to 10, reduces the power throw distance by two-thirds and gives more time to finish the two-mile run. The Army has been considering a new physical test to replace the 1983 United States Army Physical Fitness Test since combat jobs including the infantry and cavalry were opened to women in 2015. The tougher test was due to be introduced in 2020 but was eventually abandoned to be more inclusive to women.”

On May 5th, 2022, during the Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) questioned Secretary Wormuth about these changes asking the Secretary, “Has something changed about the nature of combat in the last ten months I am unaware of?”

Combat Arms branches in the U.S. Army are highly demanding positions that must require the highest physical fitness standards. Combat arms branches in the U.S. Army include — Infantry, Cavalry, Armor, Field Artillery, and Air Defense Artillery. It is unfair to both commanders and soldiers to operate in a unit that cannot hold everyone to the same standard. The Senator said, “This is going to get people killed.”

Secretary Wormuth, cited the Rand Corporation’s Independent Review of the Army Combat Fitness Test, the same liberal think tank that the Secretary once worked for, as the primary reason for the change in grading. She said the study concluded that the ACFT “created” disadvantaged groups in the U.S. military.

The Biden Department of Defense favors “inclusivity” above the welfare of its own soldiers. If the Army does not return to gender neutral standards, women should not be serving in Combat Arms.

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) questioned Christine Wormuth, Secretary of the Navy, and General James McConville, Chief of Staff of the Navy, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

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