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  • June 5, 2023 at 12:13 am
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  • June 5, 2023 at 12:58 am

    Milley is a national disgrace. An officer promoted beyond his ability, and a traitor who had the nerve to publish his treasonous acts in a book. He should be stood up against a was and dealt with.

  • June 5, 2023 at 5:34 am

    The surest sign of a Pentagon Perfumed Prince?

    A billboard of ribbons on the left breast that’s bigger than Idi Amin’s.

    These are “officers” whose commendations are for playing the staff game better than anybody else. Most of them have never had even TDY outside of the Five-Sided Puzzle Palace since they graduated from their respective service academies.

    They trade commendations back and forth like kids used to trade baseball cards. Hence the billboards.

    And yes, it is now possible to “acquire” the CIB without ever actually being “I” or seeing “C”.

    If you want anything “military” done in the military today, look for someone O-5 or below with at most one or two ribbons plus appropriate metal. The “super staff” type PPPs really dislike them.

    As Trevor N. Dupuy would say, they got their citations for being exceptionally good at killing people and breaking things.

    And “staffs” really dislike people who get promoted past them for that. They consider it cheating in their Great Game.

    clear ether


    • June 5, 2023 at 7:00 am

      Combat Infantry Badge ICIB) and Combat Action Badge (CAB) are similar.

      Due to PMOS requirements, the CIB isn’t awarded to the Scouts (19D) that lead the infantry into the area, nor to the CDAT’s (computerized dumb ass tankers, 19K) that provide the maneuverability and heavy weapons.

      Some restrictions may be too loose for both badges.

      US Army
      SFC, Retired

    • June 5, 2023 at 10:10 am

      ‘…now possible to “acquire” the CIB without ever actually being “I” or seeing “C”’

      your ref recalled one of my looong fave films, ‘Gardens Of Stone’.

      meant as one more coppola ‘Nam waaaah, pretty much hijacked by amazing chemistry btn Caan and Jones leading great ensemble cast story of a newb Private assigned to plush, safe, Arlington Honor Guard unit, amid 1968ish peak of ‘Nam US troop combat mortalities.

      ignore what few woketard elements manage to make it thru the #GodBlessAmericaGodBlessOuTroops passion of both Caan and Jones just steamrolling all but the least wokeist crap right outta our perceptions.

      anjelica houston and caan chemistry is just searing intense.

      houston has said many times that she were inspired by caan passion on cam together, much as her famed ‘Tenenbaums’ chemistry w hackman, (a biiig and welcome surprise for each, as each are considered among very top of ‘actors actors’, thus ea worried their reps might be problematic ego-wise).

      guessing you will, as this fat old pede, really enjoy a really well told story, w some woke elements, but which woke are pleasantly overwhelmed by caan, jones, hijacking thereof.
      -One more who recalls that tumultuous time

    • June 5, 2023 at 4:05 pm

      Agreed, same in other services. I am reminded of a required counseling session with my O-6 commander who was trying to be friendly and encourage me to fill in the boxes for advancement. I told him, without missing a beat, that in seven years I hadn’t met but one O-6 and one O-8 who I’d want to socialize with, much less work for, and neither were in the Medical Corps. He left me alone after that.
      I was able to accomplish a lot at O-5 that the O-5’s I replaced had not. Of course they all advanced easily. My one shot at advancement through War College pushed by that O-8 line officer was crushed by the established Medical Mafia. Maybe it was all for the best, but I made sure Karma came back to all those MF’ers. And I earned my gold trim around a campaign ribbon.

  • June 5, 2023 at 6:02 am

    Milley should turn in his SF tab; just a check-box rung for him. He just wants his portrait to look as good as those ones of the old Soviet Field Marshals back in the day. As a branch, the Army gives out too many trinkets anyway.

  • June 5, 2023 at 7:04 am
    Contrarian View

    What is the news story behind this? I missed it.

    • June 6, 2023 at 1:39 am

      I don’t think anybody is inclined to tell us…

  • June 5, 2023 at 9:17 am

    Up here the normal amount of medals when I served was one, and it took you twelve years to get that.
    Possibly a second one for a UN ‘peacekeeping’ tour, generally Cyprus.

    The Generals didn’t like that since it made them look inadequate beside their US counterparts so they started creating more and more ‘junk drawer’ medals that only a select few were handed out to with no other criteria than ‘you’re on the list’.
    Queen’s Jubilee medals, for example, were given to all servicemen in Britain, but only to politicians and almost all senior officers here with a ‘lottery’ to hand a very, very few out to other ranks to pretend to make it look fair.
    The various Orders and other decorations were handed out almost exclusively to General officers for no other reason than being appointed a General, rendering the ‘Order of St John’ medal pretty much meaningless.
    That started to change in the late 90’s, just before I retired, with medals being struck for Afghanistan and any other place they could think of, the qualifications were low enough that senior officers making a weekend trip into HQ and never leaving the airport qualified, with the result that a lot of other ranks and junior officers qualified too so wearing a half dozen wasn’t uncommon anymore, the difference being that the enlisted and junior officers earned theirs.

    Still waiting for a NORAD or NATO medal after hearing they’re ‘in the works’ for years, apparently there aren’t enough Airforce Generals with any NORAD Cold War time left so it’s not much of a priority.

    Napoleon once said “A man will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon. Give me enough coloured ribbon and I can take the world”

  • June 5, 2023 at 1:04 pm

    I detest stolen valor, especially so for those who have served and weaseled their way for an inappropriate award. I have haD many conversations about my own service. A few times when I mentioned that I volunteered in 1972, I got a reply such as “Oh, you’re a Vietnam vet!” I immediately corrected them saying, no I never served there, at most I’m a “Vietnam ERA” VET. If one has to boast about their service there’s something a bit amiss. Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as prone to “There I wuz” stories when talking to fellow vets, family and friends, as anyone.

    • June 5, 2023 at 4:03 pm
      The 300

      Nothing wrong with a there I wuz story as long as you wuz there.

  • June 5, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Oh My Goodness! Will you look at that!

    Wonder who, what, when, where and WTF will come of this trove

  • June 5, 2023 at 9:18 pm

    Some wag slapped this “badge” on him long ago, and now I can’t see him or his name without my pea brain going straight to “Milley Vanilley”.

    • June 5, 2023 at 10:31 pm

      First time I saw him, my warped and twisted brain dubbed him “Thoroughly Post-Modern Milley”.

      He reminded me irresistibly of the “Modern Major-General” from Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” (1879). A strutting capon long past his sell-by date.

      clear ether




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