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U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Must Keep Weapons Always Loaded

Discussion in 'Political Issues' started by DOC44, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. DOC44


    Jan 10, 2004
    in my recliner
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2012
  2. Paul7


    Dec 16, 2004
    East of Eden
    At the Beirut bombing of Marine barracks in the '80s, the guards were similarly carrying guns not ready to shoot.

  3. walt cowan

    walt cowan

    Feb 18, 2005
    ahhh, shouldn't you do that anyway in a war zone?
  4. Or Baltimore or wherever.
  5. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

    Mar 14, 2010
    On the move ... again!
    Sadly, lessons learned from the VN conflict were not/are not in place in today's military. Col. Hackworth istituted these very same procedures in the VN conflict (loaded weapon, sleep under hardened cover, and wear your helmet) of course casuality rate dropped dramatically.

    Col. Hackworth's books are a great read: "Steel My Soldier's Heart," "The Vietnam Primer," "About Face," and "Hazardous Duty."
  6. F350


    Feb 3, 2005
    The Wyoming Plains
    I spent 2 years in Iraq as a contractor; on base troops were prohibited from having a mag in their weapons. When the army was taking over from the Marines in '09 I talked to some army troops who told me they did not have mags or ammo but were required to have their weapon at all times other than PT; NEVER saw a Marine without a loaded mag on him/her. A number of Marines told me they had 6 to 15 loaded mags in their room and more ammo to boot.

    I'm getting ready to go to Afghanistan for 24 months, probably in 20-45 days, I'm still a "noncombatant" and prohibited from having even a pocket knife with a blade longer than 4"; NOT making me real comfortable.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2012
  7. happyguy

    happyguy Man, I'm Pretty

    The real reason troops are not allowed to carry loaded weapons is because accidental discharges impair their superiors ability to get promoted.

    Happyguy :)