It comes in handy just after our recent discussion:
Army Redesigning Basic Training
Obviously, discipline and a sense of duty isn't something children are taught nowadays:
What leaders have observed in general is they believe that there is too
much of a sense of entitlement, questioning of lawful orders, not
listening to instruction, too much of a buddy mentality with NCOs and
officers and a lot of tardiness being late to formation and duties,"
Maj. Gen. Malcolm Frost said. "These are trends that they see as
increasing that they think are part of the discipline aspect that is
missing and that they would like to see in the trainees that become
soldiers that come to them as their first unit of assignment..."
Frost added that not only are trainees sloppy, but have a poor work ethic and are careless with equipment.
They also don't have to learn how to throw a hand grenade any more. Why, will you ask? Simply because they are incapable of doing it:
“We are finding that there are a large number of trainees that come in
that quite frankly just physically don't have the capacity to throw a
hand grenade 20 to 25 to 30 meters,” Frost said. “In 10 weeks, we are on
a 48-hour period; you are just not going to be able to teach someone
how to throw if they haven't thrown growing up."
Good luck in taking on China and Iran, guys!