Went to drill this weekend just a week and a half after leaving Fort Meade. So nice to be back at my unit! I did not get up until 5:50 a.m. for drill! Almost Noon compared to the student company at Fort Meade.
I missed the morning sling load mission and today's mission got cancelled for fog. But I still got some good shots of the crews returning on Saturday and doing some drills on the airstrip on Sunday.
We learned to be Public Affairs specialists.Military public affairs is, by nature, crisis
public affairs.The best practice is to
be ready for every contingency.So when
a real crisis befell DINFOS, why did the center of public affairs not have a
plan that put students first?
Our instructor said before the shutdown that having the same
journalism instructor grade their students throughout the course was a priority
at DINFOS.Clearly not enough of a priority
to keep the civilian journalism instructors here.
Features is considered the most difficult part of the BPASC
course.Anyone paying attention to the
news knew weeks in advance that the Republicans were going to shut the
government down.So why were the
journalism instructors furloughed?
In just one week we lost four students.One of them was an otherwise strong student,
a woman named student captain in the detachment, who got contradictory coaching
from two new instructors and failed. If
students were really a priority, how could there …
If my father were alive on this Veterans Day in 2013 he would be 107 years old. In a strange coincidence of numbers my father left the Army at age 54 after 19 years of service. He did not choose to leave but was forced out without a retirement by the age in grade law passed by the U.S. Congress.
George Gussman enlisted in 1939 for two years. He was 34 years old and just barely got in under the age limit for enlistment which is 34 years and 364 days. On your 35th birthday you are too old to join the Army. After two years of service as an enlisted man, he was going to get out in December 1941. But in December 1941 all discharges were put on hold and Dad stayed in the Army not only for the duration of World War 2, but a total of 19 years.
Although he had only an eighth grade education he had worked in warehouses and the Army needed officers so dad went to Officer Candidate School. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1942. Dad's first command was a black company at Camp Shen…
A new student beginning the public affairs course here will
get two immediate messages. We do not
trust you.Any problems you have are your fault.
Before we had our first class, six members of the chain of
command here gave us separate briefings that said, on the one hand, you are
beginning one of the more difficult academic courses in the military so you
better pay attention and try your best.
But on the other hand, we at DINFOS have no responsibility
for the actions and policies of the detachment, so you must do everything the
detachment requires, everything that we require and it will be your fault if
the school and the detachment contradict each other.
Problems are Not My Job.
The Army detachment decided arbitrarily earlier this year to
require all students, even combat veterans with fitness awards, to wake up at 4
a.m. and do fitness training five days a week with students out of basic
For the entire course, the students standing up at their
Each Thursday at DINFOS the Army received mentorship training.This program adds a full hour of dull
PowerPoint presentations to a day that started at 0400.Like every other program here, we are
supposed to be awake and attentive.Yet
nearly all the informationin mentorship
is for active duty Army.
A colonel who spoke to us said 35 minutes intoa presentation that ran ten minutes overtime
that guard and reserve should go to sleep, this info is for active Army.Yet all MOS-Ts are required to be there to
listen to information that does not apply to them when they could be studying,
eating or resting.
In fairness, the mentorship program would not be as
painfully bad as it is if it were not combined with the 0400 PT Program.But it is.Mentorship is the 13th hour in a day that is already too
Whoever dreamed up this program probably thought it was a good thing. But that is how every failed product launch happens in the business world. Someone i…
We are told by the school upon arriving that DINFOS is one
of the toughest academic schools in the military.Unlike most military schools it has homework
and it demands creativity.
It is clear from my conversations with former students, that
PT every day for returning students is not required, it is a decision by the student
We come to school with PT records, and a soldier should be
able to take a diagnostic AFPT any time.There is no reason to take soldiers who regularly score in PT Award
range and put them on a 5-day-per-week program designed to get soldiers in good
enough shape to simply pass the APFT.
Getting up at 0400 is an arbitrary and miserable hardship
that should be reserved for those who are marginal or failing the APFT.The best soldiers are athletes.They train like athletes.Putting an athlete on a 5-day remedial
program is like putting a New York Times editor through remedial English classes.
Athletes also train seven days a week, even if one of the