One less skill for soldiers to master

United States Army Pvt. Jose Hernandez rams a ...

Should we end Bayonet training? 

Recently bayonet training has been dropped from basic training.  Now there are two ways to look at this.  One is that we don’t really do bayonet charges anymore and there are many other skills that are needed on today’s battlefield.  I generally agree with this.  I personally have not done any bayonet training since basic in 1984.

The other train of thought is that bayonet training instills the mindset to close and kill the enemy.  Well heck I have to agree with that also. 

But in the end those skills, to close and kill the enemy, can still be taught without the bayonet and the time developing more current skills will pay off more in the end.  Plus bayonet training can always be institute at the company level if a commander feels it’s necessary.

What do you think?

One less skill for soldiers to master at boot camp: bayonet training –

Mid-East peace again…

It appears the last chance for peace between Israel and Palestinians isn’t working out so well.  Peace talks have stalled and both sides have remained locked in their positions.  Is this a surprise?  No it’s not of course.  I often wonder are these talks designed to politically help someone.  If they are it’s certainly not the United States.  We continually look silly as our diplomats claim imminent peace only to have little or no progress followed by terror acts or bombings.


Well it’s that time of year.  Munich is alive with the sounds of polka music and flowing beer.  In the three years I was stationed in Germany I never attended Octoberfest.  It really didn’t seem necessary since nearly every weekend was like Octoberfest it seemed to me.  I love German Beer, I really don’t think anyone else makes it better.  Yes you can keep your Belgian beer. 

All across America you’ll see this weekend some form of Octoberfest.  Near Colorado Springs we have woodland park that has conducted an Octoberfest for quite a few years now.  I don’t think it’s nearly the same though.


Two very good reasons for Octoberfest….