2002 CPEO Military List Archive

From: themissinglink@eznetinc.com
Date: 24 Dec 2002 14:32:25 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: RE: [CPEO-MEF] Environmental concerns hinder digging training,Marines assert
So with all the millions of acres of America that the DOD owns, even
with some portion of that land being on sensitive habitat, how does that
translate to the Army, in the aggregate, not being able find some land
on some base where they can train for foxhole digging?  It's like the
old saying that the best lies are 80% truth.  _From the article:

These days, that skill is in danger, Marine Corps leaders say, because
environmental protections keep troops from getting enough practice after
basic training.


A base spokesman said the environmental approval process for digging is
so cumbersome that unit commanders may eliminate digging from an
exercise. And - without anyone intending it this way - Marines don't get
much practice after infantry school.

"In my opinion, because of their concern they will violate a law, they
tend to avoid digging," said Mike Collier, the civilian director of Camp
Pendleton's training resources management division.

So the attack on environmentalism is complete.  Not that this parcel or
that parcel is unsuitable for digging but that because of how cumbersome
the issue is we will discontinue it completely to the detriment of our
troops and its all the environmentalists fault.  Pure propaganda built
upon a kernel of truth.

Steven Pollack
660 Vernon Ave
Glencoe, IL 60022

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