National Guard


There are lots of officers and NCOs around, but none of them are tasked specifically with our work. No one has responsibility for us. I'm not even sure who I report to, exactly. If anyone. This may be a dream come true for some people, but for me it's downright disturbing.

Starting up again

Sorry for the suspense. Yes, I am in fact starting work tomorrow. No, I am not dead. I even have stuff that is in the middle of being written and a few other things which I have been thinking about--I'm just not writing much lately.

While you're waiting, go check out the newest SpaceNinja.


What better way...?

What better way to say "I love you" than to say "I am fiscally sound and can provide food, shelter, and health care for you and any children we might have?" Yeah, I can't think of one either.

Positive press for the Guard

Even if it is on DefenseLINK, it's still press. Courtesy of Blackfive, a positive piece on the Guard and its changing role in our defense strategy.

National Guard Transformation 'Remarkable,' Chief Says

(Plus a little commentary by me.)

Home again

In which Sig returns to his home of record after 19 months and 8 days of active duty military service.

I don't envy recruiters.

From IntelDump, an interesting article on the problems we face trying to field an all-volunteer force. Part II of the article can be linked from there for more goodness.


  • Recruiting is down for all services, but esp. the Army
  • The Army is lowering their standards to make numbers.
  • Black enlistments, historically a high percentage of incoming recruits, are dropping sharply.
  • Applications to the US Naval Academy also down.
  • Closer to home, the National Guard is having an especially difficult time convincing people to sign on the line when "1 weekend a month, 2 weeks a year" translates to "18 month tours in the sandbox" in reality.


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