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|December 8th, 2008||#21|
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|December 8th, 2008||#22|
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|December 9th, 2008||#24|
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As for your cultrual training, that isn't a requirement for a good soldier, the requirement for a good soldier is the ability to follow orders and kill the enemy.
speaking their language is a plus, but still an option.
Oh, btw the last terrorist I shot didn't give a flying dam what language I spoke.
|December 9th, 2008||#27|
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Not over here brother, I know 2 18 year old widows, one is due to have her first child in Jan.
but.....like somebody said in a post I read on another board ...they signed the papers, it was their choice. And like I've said a thousand times before, yes they did, thats what makes them hero's.
PVT Solares, if you go to war, can I come along? I'll bring my own weapons
Last edited by wolfen; December 9th, 2008 at 22:54..
|December 10th, 2008||#28|
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What about the people who cant read? and the people who are just stupid?
You shoot them too?
I understand that it's hard to hold a check point. Any terrorist can come and blow himself.
But It was shocking, to send a young soldier in a foreign country and ask him to stop people in a checkpoint without telling him how to tell people to stop.
It's like sending someone to open a closed door without the key... It's gross... It's gross incompetence.
When I send someone to sell services to some clients, I give him a complete briefing.
The needed skills are:
cultural understanding and analysis.
crime investigation skills.
|December 10th, 2008||#29|
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LeMask, I believe it's when the guys who speak the language, know the culture, have investigation skills etc. fail it's the guys who know how to kill who go in.
Medical skills, building skills and communication skills are present in the military and they are used to the full extent.
Actually I believe there are quite a few people like those you mentioned who go to those places with angry people who want to kill non believers. Often they end up getting captured and getting executed in front of the camera.
|December 10th, 2008||#30|
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Language skills are important. Inside NATO, I would suggest this order of importance:
(NATO language, also wide-spread in Africa and global business language)
(Eastern European NATO frontier)
(Southern European NATO frontier)
(cuz the French are poor in foreign languages and cuz many in Africa speak French)
(Southern American NATO frontier, almost all of Latin America)
(large NATO member with the most difficult borders of NATO - and Turks are often not good in foreign languages except German)
Portuguese is very similar to Spanish, Germans can speak English, Eastern European members usually have either good Russian or English skills and Italian is only relevant in Italy.
Exotic languages like Farsi, Pashtu, Vietnamese, Chinese(s) & Korean can be learned if multiple long deployments are anticipated.
One foreign language should be learned by ever soldier - even if only for later civilian job applications.
Senior NCOs should have a vocabulary of about 2,000 words in several languages.
Officers need to speak at least #1, #2 and #3.
The idea that only officers need to speak foreign languages points at two misconceptions; a) in some armies you're first NCO, then become officer - and you don't learn a language by promotion. b) The role of NCOs should not be diminished or we end up with poor junior leadership as the Russian Army. Especially senior NCOs are often older than junior officers and no less well-suited for difficult communication. c) It's not uncommon in many armies that senior NCOs lead platoons (at least temporarily), and foreign language skills are certainly desirable at a lower than the company level..
Foreign languages are not only important for occupation duties, but also for communication with allies and for handling/interrogating POWs and for survival as a POW.
Furthermore, good foreign language skills can help very much to get a decent job after the army term.
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