“To be fair, it's a mixed bag. Some jobs are better performed by uniformed members, some jobs are better performed by civilians, some jobs are better performed by contractors. For example, I'd rather have an aircraft maintainer be a contractor--I don't work on flightlines, but I know that the uniformed maintenance personnel often have to fall back to the contractors for advice/solutions because the contractors are often the one that built the jet. That's not something that a few weeks of boot camp and technical training can match. The same goes for other high-skill fields like networking/computers, R&D, etc.
On the other hand, you are right, there is definitely a lot more accountability and dedication to doing the right thing, and it's due the perfect combination of the volunteer nature of the military (it can afford to drop non-performers), a well-trained and professionally developed NCO corps, and a sprinkling of patriotism brainwashed into us by Hollywood and videogames :P
Also, I would be lying if I said that us uniformed folks didn't badmouth our civilian/contractor coworkers. About the only civilians I would say I fully trust working in DoD matters are the CIA, NSA, and NASA guys I've worked with--they all pick the best and the brightest. The rest are all, I said, a mixed bag.”
incognito-ergo-sum on Jan 10, 2013 at 16:13:36
“The good of the military is all that matters to me, and contractors were picked on the buddy system, not for expertize.
Thank you for answering me inan informed way. It is all too easy to get wrong information.”
“According to new report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a telephone survey of 278,243 female respondents showed that, in 2011, only 1.25% of woman would consider meeting user MauryPov1ch unless they were heavy influence of alcohol.”
MauryPov1ch on Jan 9, 2013 at 18:40:42
Oops, looks like I need to stop hitting the juice.”
“1- North Korea's standing military is nowhere near as incompetent as (using an example, since his regime is the most analogous) Saddam's conventional military. A war with North Korea would literally take the same amount of lives in 1-7 days that the Iraq occupation has taken in 10 years.
2- North Korea will bare it's teeth, but it's not as stupid as Iran or Saddam's Iraq; it uses its weapons as political capital, not as a serious threat to the existence of South Korea/Japan/USA. They know they would be alienated or even invaded by even China and Russia if they took vast amounts of civilian lives. This is a regime that has lasted 60 years on brinksmanship: they are very well aware of their strengths and limits, and hence, they are not a real threat in the reckless sense that, say, Iraq was to Kuwait or Israel. And they are fine with this, so long as the ruling elite lives comfortably. They don't want a war in the same way Saddam did.
3- At least acknowledge the more likely economic cause for the lack of a second Korean War: everybody knows that a war there would bomb the world economy. China knows this, Russia knows this, Japan knows this, South Korea knows this, the US knows this, North Korea knows this. There are too many economic centers of gravity in that confined region for SCUDs, artillery rounds, and cruise missiles to be flying around with no repercussions.”
Jan 9, 2013 at 20:39:00
“I've served for 6 years, in military intel, and I can tell you torture/enhanced interrogation is spotty at best in the information it provides. There's a reason we invest far more into sensors and drone surveillance than waterboarding everyone who looks at us wrong.”
“I've had some 'success' (several real relationships/friendships, and, uh, one friend with benefits) on a dating site as a man. I'd say the second slide is the most relevant if you're looking for a serious relationship with an intelligent guy. It's an instant 'Back' on my browser if I see this kind of stuff:
"Hi, I'm a really fun-loving girl who loves fun and is creative. I love life. Music is my life. Fun is fun. I'm really happy and down-to-earth."
If that's all you have to say, you're just not going to find anyone outside of the standard desperate creepers.
As far as the comments on online dating in general, I would typically agree that it's way more enjoyable to go out with people you know or met in person, rather than try to advertise your persona online through a sea of indiscriminate boners. Having that said, it's a great option for very career-driven people--for example, I'm in the military and often find myself working oddball shifts, so it's been a great opportunity to meet people from cultures/subcultures I would have never otherwise experienced.”
You'd be surprised to see the kinds of people in the military; it's just as varied as the general populace, so don't automatically discount anything they have to say. Having that said, be wary of anyone, especially vets, who seem to run their mouths about the military and nothing else. They generally have nothing else to their life and are probably exaggerating or even fabricating for self-validation.”
“The notion that Iraq is, as both a society and a political institution, on solid ground as of 2013 is laughable. We can argue specifics, but Hagel was still essentially right: no amount of force is going to change the fact that the Iraqi people are still locked in sectarian mindsets. The weekly death tolls and political slip-ups still attest to that. Whether staying or cutting and running (or however the chickenhawks phrase it) would've helped or more is beyond me to say, but we can't help them in any permanent manner unless the Iraqis have shown willingness to enter a secular revolution on the level of Turkey.”
“True, and I realize that the jobs of most at the Pentagon level, uniformed or not, are essentially as enterprise executives rather than feel-good figureheads or stereotypical Hollywood battlefield warrior-leaders. Still, it's good to see veterans that don't use their experience as a soapbox for sickeningly stupid world views.”
“I'm typically against politicians who run on their military credentials, because anyone who's actually been in the military knows that most decorations aren't necessarily indications of good character (I have commendation medals for no reason other than existing and not messing up while doing so, for example). But I'll give a pass to Hagel, he seems like his heart is mostly in the right place.”
mansterEZ on Jan 7, 2013 at 15:19:42
“At least you're honest which is more than I can say about nearly every elected representative in DC.”
mulecanter1 on Jan 7, 2013 at 15:14:38
“A good heart is not on the required qualifications description. 90% of the job is budget management. Running the Department of Defense is not a trivial job.”
incognito-ergo-sum on Jan 7, 2013 at 14:52:26
“Interesting to hear from those inside something for a change. If that's your picture I will give you a medal for being handsome.
If it is someone's other than yours, you get a medal for duplicity and being clever.”