Planes, Trains and T110s
Дата: 24.04.2019 19:00:00
Beausabre, on Apr 23 2019 - 22:53, said: Question for Chieftain. How is morale in Armor Branch these days? Here's what I hear through my contacts. Armor officers are not being selected by promotion and command boards in as great a rate as their Artillery and (especially) Infantry contemporaries. Even assignments to Mechanized Infantry formations is not regarded as career enhancing, (get your Ranger tab but forget about becoming a Bradley Master Gunner), cadets (USMA and ROTC) are not being encouraged to join Armor and the quality (class standing and order of merit list) of those that do is declining, limited to no updates to the M1A2 - which is now ancient technology compared to say, the Leo II updates, the Armor School becoming the defacto Armor Department of the Infantry School - Go the annual Maneuver Conference at Benning (no more annual gathering of the Armor and Cavalry clan as a separate event). For those of us who remember Ft Knox being the Home of Armor and Cavalry, a drive around Benning shows that you are at the Home of Infantry (and I don't blame 'em) and oh, yeah, the second class citizen tankers are back over in that corner/ And that's my point, morale is a delicate thing and it seems to this ole Treadhead that the US Army isn't nurturing it in its Mounted Arm.
The_Chieftain: Mmm... As far as I know, it's still fairly reasonable, especially now that armor is experiencing a bit of a resurgence. A note crossed my feed last week saying that 1st Armored in Ft Bliss just shipped out its last Strykers to convert to an all-heavy division. Similarly, I think the pendulum has started to swing back a bit from the "generalist" viewpoint of armor officers which had permeated the Army the last few years. Instead of expecting an armor officer to go from tanks to airborne cav to strykers, there is a recent push back again towards excellence in one specialty. I have personally considered that there is far too much of an emphasis on the Ranger Tab, and I think that's starting to be de-emphasized as well, at least as long as you're not going to one of the airborne/airmobile units. The M1A2 Sep v3 has just come out, which has some reasonable upgrades, and also the Trophy APS is being finally fitted, so the Abrams has some life in it yet. I cannot speak to how the commissioning sources are pushing or not pushing the various branches.