No military experience here. Hunting only, but lots of it. Some principles are the same, most not. I spent countless days/nights in the bush in FL, TX, GA, Miss, AL, CA, ID, & NV. I’m no stranger to wild animals tracking me and me stalking them.
So, here goes.
Command, control, & discipline are simply not there. A couple of guys seem to know what’s going on, but most seem quite confortable to lie there and wait for something to happen. This, depending on what you think the near future might look like, could go both ways.
I saw what looked like a bolt gun, or maybe and M-14/M1A? Good glass too. Didn’t see anyone really returning fire or looking for targets.
Seems as if these guys are relying too heavily on the tech – you know, calling in support when they get in trouble.
I will echo that on that hike back, they seemed to be in another world despite being in a high risk area. It almost seemed as if they were all tired and had been out for far too long – just waiting to get back to their FOB.
Also saw lots of muzzles sweeping across bodies and heads. Is this normal in combat? I can see where stress would force your discipline to get a bit lax, though I could also see where nervous and itchy trigger fingers and bad muzzle discipline during times like these would make for a bad day all around.
This is merely an opinion based on an observation that I seriously know nothing about from experience. Let’s keep that straight.
However, would the competency and attitude on display here be indicative of the general morale of troops in country in said rockpile? No idea. Merely throwing that one out there.