Wednesday, April 8, 2009

So, what is COIN like in practice?

Afghanistan Shrugged provided this article to Himal Southasian magazine. It's a pretty interesting look at just what is going on out there where American (and coalition) forces are trying to train the Afghan National Army. The author got only minimal training and is asked to do a gargantuan job. Now that the military seems to be moving towards practicing counterinsurgency (COIN) tactics, it would be nice if these soldiers who are asked to do so much get a little more training. ETTs are doing great work, and probably could be doing even more with proper training.

Completely unrelated to anything, but I find it hilarious that military jargon has moved from "REMF" (Rear Echelon MotherFucker) to "FOBbit" (FOB=Forward Operating Base).

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