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    Ukraine - Superthread

    I think it was somewhere near the beginning of the war where it was pointed out that the tire failures were symptoms of a lack of a professional corps of NCMs doing logistics on the Russian side. Simple things like oil changes not getting done. Add to that Russia’s stultified, top-down...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    given that russian propaganda overstates most things by a factor of 10 (they seem to do the old fashioned "big lie" version of propaganda, Ukraine's is a bit more subtle), then the losses are probably 2:1 in the Ukrainian's favour...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    Needs to be in Cyrillic....
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    Acting Chief of Military Personnel on Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture Change Short-Term Initiatives

    Isn’t that currently what we do in every other field? One peanut allergy changes the policies of school boards, one person with a different outlook on life changes (or creates) a « bathroom policy » where one was never needed before, etc., etc. While there can be such a thing as the « tyranny...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    Only problem is, they don’t work in Russia. (stolen Ukranian farm equipment is full of tech. So it has often been remotely disabled by the manufacturer, like a stolen iPhone).
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    Multiple generations of “do what you’re told or you will be beaten” have a tendency to do that to a culture. The culture of the West, until recently, used to punish you for not using your head. “What were you thinking?”, “Use your head for more than a hatrack” and other expressions used to be...
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    Dropping out of university to pursue military career.

    Jarnhamar is right. If you can stick it out, do so. 40 year old you WILL thank you. There is no reason you can't be an NCO with a degree - especially in engineering, one of the last degrees where you are still actually required to know things. If the schoolwork isn't actually an issue for...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    Let's be trendsetters. Why ask? Plus, "soviet" has all those warm and fuzzy connotations for Eastern European countries...Back in the day, "Soviet matches" were matches that wouldn't light, "Soviet shoes" were shoes that didn't fit, broke easily, were incredibly sub-standard. Really kinda...
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    Alles klar, Herr Kommisar?
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    I think realistically, Estonia has contributed way beyond what might be expected of a small nation. Seems that former WP countries are kinda upset with Russians in general. But, good for France. Context is important.
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    I think it was a general who said “Going to war without the French is a lot like going deer hunting without your accordion”
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    Ukraine - Superthread

    Dukes of Hazzard, tank edition anyone?
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    New Dress Regs 🤣

    I still think both appearance AND competence matter. Later on in your career, you simply know better what to look for. The way you choose to look says something about your character, and the way you see yourself and others. As one gets older, or less inexperienced, you fine-tune that “look”...
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    New Dress Regs 🤣

    While appearance shouldn’t matter, I think history shows it does. If your unit looks like a bag of crap, people will see it and think “that unit is a bag of crap”. Who wants to be part of the Crap Bag Regiment? Further, in the “fake it till you make it department”, looking in the mirror like...
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