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The Military Saves for the Rainy Days

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The Military Saves for the Rainy Days

It is but natural that along the journey you may encounter all sorts of detours that may prolong or even hinder the journey itself. That is why it is always best to be ready and alert all the time. You must recognize the fact that along each turn you may need additional resources. As they say it is a must to save for the rainy days. This holds true for the military. The fact that each scenario can bring about twisting changes and conflicts makes it more than a standard operation for this organization to be able to have a unit on which reinforcement can be gathered. The military with its rich and abundant resources still has what is known as its reserve. Let’s find out what a military reserve is.

Basically, a military reserve is composed of a number of personnel and units which are not really tapped to be part of a present situation. They are also known as a tactical or strategic reserve. This means that when unforeseen conflicts and instances begin to make its way into the battlefield they are the ones being called for to act. Opportunities in which they are very useful are grabbed by the commanding officer.

They may act to relieve troops that have been initially fighting to provide fresh reinforcements and at other times there is weak point seen on the enemy and they are ones competent enough to get the job done. The idea of having reserves can be attributed to the time when the Romans conceptualized a battle tactic in which the less experienced and efficient soldiers stood in front of the charging or defending troops. The initial row of Roman soldiers was backed up by a unit composed of more seasoned veterans.

During that time, it was a very glorifying achievement to be placed on the third ranks. This denoted a promotion into a higher status as a soldier. It was a widely used mechanism of battle to let the weak members of the Roman herd stray into battle and let the more competent ones deliver the death blow whenever the opportunity presents itself. Yes I know what you’re thinking. It’s pretty unfair for those on the front ranks. Well that’s how war works.

Reserves are placed at various levels of command. They may even be slated in different headquarters in order to systematically distinguish their levels of engagement. Reserves can go as small as a simple company and can even extend as big as that of a whole brigade. The deployment of the reserves takes time to master and is very significant in predicting the outcome of the action itself.

Commanders must make it a point that the timing of tapping the reserves into action is right on the dot. In order to minimize unwanted outcomes and casualties the common action is that only part of the reserves is mobilized. The whole reserve is only deployed during times of an all-out crisis situation. An example of which is when there is exact uncertainty that the forces are not enough to bring the enemy down.

Tactical deployment also involves sending reserves to certain areas tagged as hotspots anywhere around the globe in order to provide reinforcement for the initial units placed. There is a common misconception that the members of the reserves are the weak link in the military unit. Well, in fact the reserves are the ones having the finest skills and hi-tech weaponry.

Whether you’re in the military or not always remember it pays to save for the rainy days.

Cheers

Jenko

The Military Machine

The Military Machine

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Various organizations come alive because of the needs presented by the different sectors of society. These organizations last for quite a number of years due to the fact that a certain system is followed as the blueprint on how it carries out specific activities and functions. Groups of people combine to form a machinery wherein there are parts that co-exist and act together to keep the whole intact. The military is one of the more complex human machines known to history. Let’s take a look at how things work beyond the barracks.

The provision of a military command is the primary concern in its machinery. Policies are developed which acts as guidelines on how the military can act as an organized body. Policies of course are created based on the current needs of a certain country or state. A military command is founded on good organization. The structure is relevant in keeping a sturdy form. From the highest ranking commander down to the simple yet reliable platoon, each must work in order to boost the military’s aims and objectives. Officer corps is yet another important concept.

It is basically composed of military personnel who are tasked with specific functions and duties. Examples of these personnel include the marines, airmen, sailors, and of course the soldiers. These people are responsible not only in times of war. Education, technology and facility maintenance, and administrative duties are also the concern of theses individuals.

Adequacy in the number of military personnel is ensured by continuously performing recruitment tasks and activities. Intelligence is a vital cog in keeping the military stable. Both military personnel and civilian professionals work hand in hand in order to provide the best and effective form of military intelligence which is used in order to understand and predict movements and behaviours of certain threats.

In line with this matter, secrecy is of utmost priority. It is said that top ranking officials carry the secrets of the force right down to their grave. Capability development or often termed as military strength is another page of the military’s book.

It is very complex and dynamic due to the operational, strategic, and tactical demands involved. Logistics, military education, training, and practices are significant parts of a military’s strength. More so, the development of a well-founded doctrine is given emphasis. It stands as the military’s way of life and showcases how certain trained and equipped personnel engage in battle. Research and technology is very vital in the existence of a military that is why science also plays an important role. Various capable scientists are commonly found working in the midst of the military. Doctors and psychologist are employed to give the personnel a helping hand on conflicts that may arise involving their tour of duty especially after wars.

Next in line is ensuring that military capability is well-distributed whenever and wherever needed. Transportation facilities are employed in order for this to happen. Military logistics requires strength and competency since it is tasked to make sure that equipment and force necessities are maintained. Next to logistics is the operation itself. This involves in hands on engagement with the enemy.

Campaigns are strategically mapped out in order to ensure that victory is at hand. It is a very delicate process as lives are at stake and territorial security is on the table. Lastly, two more concepts that are also of equal importance are finance and performance assessment. Finance is needed in order for the military to maintain its competency and up-to-date technology. Assessment on the other hand ensures that the organization’s morale is intact and that the right men are employed to carry out the military’s objectives.

The military is a very delicate machine. Its operative performance depends entirely on the hands of the people working in it.

 

Jenko

Young Military Blood

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Isn’t it nice to go back in time and enjoy the benefits of being a child? Imagine yourself with no worries and free from the hustles of maintaining a hectic work schedule not to mention having to pay bills on time. Can you still recall those days that you only have to wake up, get a nice ward breakfast, prepare yourself, and head on to school?

Boy those days were simple and well a thing of the past. Even though you’ve past your time as a child, you’re pretty lucky you had the chance to enjoy it. There are children around the world that are victims of war. They are forced to hold a gun or trade their innocence in order to survive. Hold you breathe as we journey into the lives of the young military blood.

It’s sad to note that children are abused by the military in three different ways. The first one is that they are forced to gear up and play child soldiers. Now, it isn’t so bad not having that toy you wanted when you were ten, is it now? Next they are utilized as having some sort of supportive task such as relaying messages, delivering goods from camp to camp, acting out as spies and look outs and well, for the young girls out in the open they become slaves sexually.

The third and most gruesome form of abuse is that children are used as for political agendas and human protection by those good for nothing cowards in the military. All over the world these things actually happen. Some of the common places wherein this despicable act is found in Africa, Asia, Northern and Latin America, Europe, and in the Middle East particularly in Palestine and Israel. Well, the act of having children participate in military affairs is not really new.

It is written within the pages of history that most cultures have been doing it even against the bounds of morality. Let’s take a closer look. It was a common practice in the Mediterranean for children to act as armor bearers, helpers, and even charioteers for their adult counterparts. During the antiquity period, children were ordered to tag along the journey of a family wherein a member is part of the military. This makes them susceptible to attacks that may be staged along the way.

Squires or military helpers were famous during the time Medieval Period in Europe. These are commonly composed of boys aged twelve and above. There was the Children’s Crusade in which children served as untrained soldiers who head on to battle under the notion that they will be protected by divine power. Most of the children in this event in history ended up as slaves. During the Battle of Waterloo, the ‘great’ Napoleon ordered children to be placed on the front ranks of the attack. What sort of gun did they carry? No guns.

They served as drummer boys that signalled the attack of the Emperor’s troops. They were simply gunned down during the battle. When the wars were taken to the seas, children were also dragged away. Young boys were tasked to bring powder and shot to the ship’s artillery crew. They were tagged as powder monkeys. These are only mere examples of what children around the globe experience due to the unending power struggle.

You may mumble how life is so tiring and unfair amidst those high stacks of paper works on your desk but you’re really lucky to have had a good childhood memory as opposed to those who are part of the young blood of the military.

Operation Slipper Veterans to be Recognized

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To all Current and EX serving Military, Army, Navy and Air force the Australian Government will recognize the hard yards that we put in during Operation Slipper. The Government is holding marches in all capital cities to commemorate those who went and those who did not return.

The end of 2014 will mark the conclusion of Operation SLIPPER, Australia’s military contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan, and the International Coalition against Terrorism (ICAT) mission across Afghanistan and the Middle East which commenced in October 2001.

Since Australia commenced deployments to Afghanistan, over 33000 Australian Defence Force personnel, Australian Public Service employees and Australian Federal Police have deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations as part of the operation.

The Prime Minister announced, on Saturday 01 March 2014, that a nation-wide commemoration activity marking the end of Operation SLIPPER will be held on Saturday 21 March 2015. A commemoration activity will be conducted in each State and Territory capital city and Townsville.

Click the picture above and head to the official Military Web page for details for your state.

I will be going and i hope to see my old ship mates their too.

JENKO

Work Your Way into Military Muscles – One for the Civilians

Work Your Way into Military Muscles – One for the Civilians

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The military owes its strength from the men and women who are continuously working to make themselves better with each passing day. Being part of the military is no joke because you have to make sure that you maintain a high level of fitness physically and psychologically. But do you ever wonder how soldiers sailors and airmen keep their bodies in tip-top condition? Ponder no more because here are some ideas straight from the bases in order for you to work your way towards those bulging military muscles.

Lives are often at stake when the military moves especially in combat. This is why physical fitness is of utmost importance. It is helpful in making any military personnel ready for the demands of duty. Defence personnel undergo what is called Physical Training or a PT tests. The Schools commander is in charge of making sure that the each personnel from every military brand is able and ready to take on the rigorous challenges of the test.

Fitness is not only tested in strength and speed. Responsiveness is also a factor to be considered. Members of the military should be able to act accordingly regardless of the location or time involved. Speaking of time, personnel are advised to kick off their physical fitness regimen six months or more before engaging into the training proper. The battlefield is no place for people who are entirely out of shape. It demands a lot from the body wherein at times you have to carry different sorts of equipment and supplies for long distances. You may even have to move an injured partner during an encounter. The military follows a well-founded routine in order to keep its member firmly stable.

The physical fitness program involves different aspects such as muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and of course the ever tiring but rewarding cardiovascular workouts. There are different principles that correlates with those mentioned above namely regularity, progression, balance, overload, adequate recovery, variety, and specificity.

It is best that when undergoing different workouts and exercises you must formulate a schedule that will coincide with your other activities. The time and place for your routine depends entirely on your preferences. It is recommended that workouts are on a five-day per week schedule.

Cardio exercises can be combined with muscle strengthening and endurance workouts. The important thing is to set the days on which to do the routines in order to ensure that equilibrium and balance in the workouts are achieved. Don’t forget to go through warming up and cooling down. These practices decrease the chances of having injuries. The flexibility aspect of the regimen is also an integral effect of warming up and cooling down.

Apart from the rigid military exercises, FITT is also an important cog in its physical fitness program. It includes frequency, intensity, type, and time. Frequency entails that the workout should be done five days in a week. Intensity indicates how hard your body is working. You can use you heart rate to measure intensity. 60-90 percent maximum heart rate is the suggested optimum level. Time demand for cardio exercises is 20-30 minutes while strength and conditioning is measured by the number of repetitions. Muscular endurance requires more repetitions while strength calls for fewer reps.

Being fit and trim is not developed on an overnight basis. It comes with discipline, dedication, and hard work. So if you feel you’re pretty banged up and out of shape, start your day right and work your way into military muscles.

Jenko

Slugging it Out the Military Style

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Slugging it Out the Military Style

There are means in which conflicts are resolved. The usual thing to do to is sit and out and settle things amicably. There are also instances when debates sprout out into the open. Verbal arguments to prove each party’s claims go on and on until one actual proves that their claim is more reasonable. If the event or subject matter cannot be concluded in diplomatic terms, oh well there’s the conventional way of slugging it out. Fights can range from one to one or in very large groups. Well we all know the outcome is not really favourable for anyone. Let’s look out how the military carries itself while slugging it out with other organizations locally and around the globe.

The military was born in order to combat foes that pose as threat to national safety and security. As any group of people would want to do so, it set its crosshairs into winning at all cost. It has been part of the military’s history to come out on top using every precise strategy and tactic under its wily sleeves. It is all about getting the win for the nation’s pride. How does the military from its blueprint of victory? Let us take a look at three levels in which the military molds itself in order to be a precise combating machine.

First on the list is getting the win using a well-founded strategy. Military strategy entails proper utilization and management of its resources during the times of local and global campaigns. The commander-in-chief is the one lucky enough to handle such arduous task. Within his grasp are military forces either that of the home team or neighboring international allied forces.

The army, navy, and the air force are at his disposal. Since a lot is at stake whenever mass security and national pride is at stake, this is not an overnight affair. Developing an effective strategy entails reviewing policies and certain implications including that which is on a global degree. The time span needed for coming up with such takes more than months or even years. The management of supplies and resources is the primary concern of military strategy. It involves mapping out a full-proof plan for the movements during the war itself.

After laying out the strategy, the military then inches its way into the battle itself. Operational mobility is now on the table. It plays along the lines of military doctrine. Communicating each command is the utmost concern in this dynamic concept. The formations for each level are highly important. Things to consider include the ability of the formation to stand on its own and to deliver on the mission it is required to accomplish.

Now, the military is face-to-face with its foe. Its time to bring on the tactics needed to bring the enemy down to its feet. This involves developing methods that are utilized in engaging the enemy in the forefront of war and coming out on top of the hill. These methods are usually employed by certain military units over a period of hours and days. There is emphasis on sticking to each specific order given.

There have been a lot of changes in terms of the usage of military tactics. The traditional method of having a large fleet swarm the enemy has been replaced by more precise surprise attacks and ambushes.

The military doesn’t just slug it out with the enemy they have their own unique brand of fighting style.

 

Jenko