Standards? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Standards in the Army

By Ray Starmann

Take a seat and watch Act II, in the Death of the US Army, a Shakesperaean tragedy powered by gutless generals, candyass Millennials and Barry Soetero, worshipping social justice warriors.

It seems that every week there is a story detailing the newest clusterfu*k to hit the US military.

Today, CNS News reported, “Army Basic Training to Drop Hand Grenade Competency as Graduation Requirement.”


Maybe, I’m just a cynical ex cav trooper, but maybe, just maybe, the US Army might need soldiers who are competent at throwing grenades in any future conflicts.

But, then again, I’m assuming the Army is still about warfighting.

It’s not.

The Army in 2018 is about coddling Millennials, placating feminists, sucking up to the LGBT lobby and being As PC As You Can Be…

According to Major General Malcolm Frost, “The U.S. Army will drop its hand grenade competency requirement for graduation from basic training because getting recruits to pass it is taking ‘too much time’ and they’re just not strong enough.”

Frost continued:

“What we have found is it is taking far, far too much time. It’s taking three to four times as much time … just to qualify folks on the hand grenade course than we had designated so what is happening is it is taking away from other aspects of training.”

Plus, trainees just aren’t strong enough to throw the grenade far enough away – and simply can’t be taught to properly throw a grenade “if they haven’t thrown growing up” – Maj. Gen. Frost explained:

“We are finding that there are a large number of trainees that come in that quite frankly just physically don’t have the capacity to throw a hand grenade 20 to 25 to 30 meters. In 10 weeks, we are on a 48-hour period; you are just not going to be able to teach someone how to throw if they haven’t thrown growing up.”

So, in a nutshell, Army recruits now largely consist of wussified young men who throw like girls and a ton of female recruits, who strangely, throw like girls.

Guess what. Our enemies…they can throw grenades. Because our enemies are men who aren’t soy boys.

Frost rambled on…

“Still, the amount of grenade training won’t be reduced – developing enough proficiency to meet the current standards just won’t be required “- “Just because we took it off as a graduation requirement does not mean they won’t be conducting hand grenade.”

 “Rather than spend time getting soldiers through the hand grenade and land navigation qualification courses in order to graduate basic, those skills will be incorporated into three new field training exercises, dubbed Hammer, Anvil and Forge.”

General, you’re tap dancing on a minefield. What you’re saying is there are no standards anymore, either on the grenade assault course with dummy rounds, and for actually learning how to throw a live grenade. Soldiers can depart US Army Basic Training whether they can throw a grenade three feet away from themselves and blow their fat Millennial bodies to bits, or maybe twenty feet away in the wrong direction, where they can blow their fat Millennial buddies to bits.

And, oh by the way, apparently land navigation is no longer a requirement at Basic Training. We wouldn’t soldiers to know how to read a map would we?

And, no, you’re not always going to have a GPS.

Frost pointed out some other big changes at Basic.

“What leaders have observed is that, in general, they believe that there’s too much of a sense of entitlement, questioning of lawful orders, not listening to instruction. Too much of a buddy mentality with NCOs and officers,” Frost said.

Recruits questioning lawful orders? Not listening to instruction? In the old days the recruit would be run over by Smokey the Bear driving the Kiwi Express. What was left of him would be digging a ten foot hole to bury a cigarette after he ran two miles around the barracks with a M-60 over his head.

But, the Army doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

Drill sergeants will evaluate recruits on their discipline, inspect their bunks and bays, and hold drill and ceremony competitions to make sure soldiers are learning how to march, move in a tight formation and handle their weapons in the most basic way.

Competitions? How about barking, “You’ve got ten seconds to get your Millennial asses outside in formation for an hour of D&C and five seconds have already expired!”

Move it!

Frost continued:

“It depends on which side of the fence you sit. There are a lot of folks who say we need to go back to drill and ceremony, because we’ve lost a lot of the discipline of what it means to be a United States Army soldier.”


“This won’t mean hours set aside for marching around outside their barracks, however.” Frost said.

We wouldn’t want to drag Kaylee, Chelsea and Dylan away from their I Phones for some D and C.

“The drill and ceremony is going to be interwoven — when they move to and from places, drill and ceremony will be dispersed inside of that,” he said. “

Interwoven? Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, General?

“They’ll actually be executing some drill and ceremony when they move to and from the chow hall, when they move to and from the barracks.”

You mean they might actually be in step, General?

Throw like girl? No problem, the Army won’t make you qualify with a grenade.

Can’t read a map? Don’t worry about it. You’ll never need land navigation skills as a soldier.

Don’t like drill and cadence? No problem. It will be interwoven when you move from your bunk to the latrine.

See a trend here…

No standards at Basic Training.

No standards at the Special Forces Qualification Course.

Looks like another clusterfu*k on the Mad Dog’s watch.

Mad Dog, LOL.

More like a sleeping Chihuahua.


21 comments on “Standards? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Standards in the Army
  1. Just when you thought that it couldn’t get any worse. Why even call it basic training. Sounds more like orientation week on campus.

  2. **sigh**

    Gotta drop those standards! Can’t be overloading these new recruits with too much information and work, now can we? I had co-ed basic at Leonard Wood back in ’95. We, of course, had to qualify with grenades, but I never will forget what happened the day we went to the range to throw live grenades. It was damn humbling having two live grenades and walking out to the bunker, I’ll admit. But we had this one chick from Texas (of all places) who started having a panic attack having to hold these grenades. Eventually she threw them, but it took the longest damn time for her to build her nerves up.

    • Reminds me of the panic attack a young female 2LT had on the daunting 9mm range when I was at V Corps HQ in Frankfurt. She was balling her head off and was escorted off the range by a captain. Not exactly a day at the range with the 7th Cav at Graf, LOL.

  3. What exactly is :”Mad Dog” spending his time doing? Picking out a new beret color for the troops? Maybe a new class A shirt? Mauve colored would be super.I’ll bet not a second is being taken away from sexual harrasment and gender fluid inclusion classes.

  4. Yeah, these men are going to do well against Erdogan’s army…but then again, it’s not their fault. I just watched the Kay Griggs interview again and it’s clear that much of the blame should be directed to military leadership which has been being run by saboteurs for decades intent on destroying it from within.

  5. On a side note remember that the new army uniform is going to be the usual Army Brown coat and cover (hat), but the men’s pants will be pink and the Army Women’s skirts will also be pink. See Military Times for confirmation.

    The Army still has not decided about the boots so that’s the big question. Will the men’s boots have colors of the rainbow and will the women’s shoes have Polka dots and puppies?

    The Army has changed its handgun from the old slabsides Colt 1911, then went to the Beretta 9mm and now it’s changing all over again. But rumer has it that the Pentagon is designing rocket-propelled slingshots to reduce weight on the hip and semi auto air Rifles to replace the M16, .308 etc. as these cause ear aches.

    All the old facial camouflage will now be replaced with soft women type Rouge for the soldiers to put on their faces and nose.

    And finally the drill instructors will no longer be allowed to talk to the recruits in a loud voice and must seek permission before they are told NO or give me 20 with a please.

  6. This statement; ” because getting recruits to pass it is taking ‘too much time’ and they’re just not strong enough.”
    I am assuming he meant not strong enough emotionally because they’d almost have to be dead to not be able to throw a grenade. As for taking “too much time”, just how long does it take to teach someone to pull a pin and throw an object? This is all just a bunch of BS and they know it.
    There is something amiss here. Are they no longer going to be using Grenades in battle? What other weapons do they have that can replace it. Maybe a battle drone equipped with machine gun attachments.

  7. So bad we can’t get opinions expressed, true or otherwise without having to use filthy gutter language. Now that is fact and truth!

  8. As an ex-tanker, I was appalled but not really surprised when I read of these changes a few days ago. Generals these days have lost sight of the Army’s mission, since the Army has been involved in street fighting for the last couple decades. An Army of weakling street punks will not be capable of facing an enemy like Russia or China or New Jersey in an open country fight. Throwing a grenade isn’t necessary going door to door in Podunkistan, and land nav isn’t necessary when you’re patrolling streets of said municipality. The generals making the decisions these days have NEVER trained for large-scale open country fights and have no concept of what to do to train the guys in the dirt. Weaklings were put in charge, and consequently, we have a weakling army. Thank God they don’t have to be strong to catch a bullet.

  9. Here’s a great idea. Let’s adopt an interventionist foreign policy and get into undeclared wars we never win and that last forever. Let’s pay for the large ground forces such wars require, and let’s send our girls and girly men to fight those unnecessary wars. But let’s not train them to fight or hold them to any standards of fitness and competency, because that might hurt their feelings.
    What could possibly go wrong?

  10. The fact that Army basic marksmanship training is far too brief and ineffective is a professional embarrassment. It is not something that should be further constrained. Limiting competency in the one weapon recruits may actually hit the enemy with — a grenade — is illogical.

  11. Basic training today produces front line troops for Cannon Fodder,and or human mine detectors. Reminds me of the Iraq army.

  12. THE LORD SAYS “YOU LOSE THE COMING WAR”,starting a fight with real men will be a disaster for america,but if the people would rather be dead then alive,YOUR WISH HAS BEEN GRANTED…

  13. And people want to rag on the Russian army? We better HOPE that we don’t end up fighting these guys, or the Chinese for that matter because when you run into a buzz saw the results sure in hell aint pretty…

  14. I went to basic at Fort Ord in California in 1973. We threw hand grenades, fired LAW’s rockets, crawled under barbed wired in muddy trenches with machine gun fire over our heads, and got beat-up in POW camp. Ah! Those were the good old days! Today, I guess all I would have to look forward to is toasting marshmallows around the campfire singing nursery rhymes and sleeping in until 10 AM. God help us…

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