Shit ...I don’t need spell check with all you fuckers....
The concept of a "feel good" army applied in the mid to late 90's. Not now. I have been getting soldiers in from the 173rd lately. Almost a Plts worth. These guys just got out of the shit in August...hit PCS orders....and are going back with us all in less than 9 months.
That don’t feel good.
On top of that watching team and squad live fires....I had a young NCO with multiple deployments turn catatonic on the range. As soon as the first round went down range ....the bad fight he was in came back...The kid was a rising star. The interesting thing about it was no one fucked with him. They just moved him off the range and to the rear.
If I took it wrong it is because after we redeploy, refit and start training up for the next deployment, we are still assessing casualties from the last one.
That aint cool either.
During WWII we created more awards badges and ribbons than in any other time in history. So what if there is a bullshit tab out there. In the last few years the Ranger Tab has become even more scarce then it was 6 years ago. I have damn few Ranger Qual'd officers. and even less PSG's.
So if anything it is more elite to bear a Ranger tab now than it has been sense Viet nam.
By the way, I have never had anyone compair a Sapper Tab to a Ranger tab.