Should the US military be larger? - Page 3




View Poll Results :US should increase its military force
YES 19 51.35%
NO, it's okay at this level 11 29.73%
US military force should be reduced 7 18.92%
Voters: 37. You may not vote on this poll

 
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October 28th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
A gradual upscaling of numbers would do fine. The problem with just ordering up a lot more men is the affect it can have on the current US Military -- currently the most well coordinated and well organized military organization of in the world among nations with very large militaries. Would a sudden and massive influx of completely uninitiated men be a good idea? No. The US Military as we know it would have to focus far too much attention on bringing all the newbies up to speed. (This is a very good reason that the draft will probably not be seen anytime soon.) So long as the United States Military can grow without jeprodizing its opperation effectiveness, I see nothing wrong with greater numbers.

Greater numbers of Special Ops would be nice regardless of whether you see an overall increase.
October 28th, 2004  
A Can of Man
 
 
The reason I say numbers is after Rangers etc. have done their difficult work, you need some soldiers to hold and secure the ground. The least you can have is a regular infantry unit doing that job. So a few more of those can be delivered faster to the war zone.
October 28th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
Offense meant hulk. I just had to listen to 2 guys at work (National Guard motor t) mewlin about "not signing up for deployment".
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November 1st, 2004  
USAFAUX2004
 
 
they probably got into it just for college
November 1st, 2004  
Duty Honor Country
 
 
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Originally Posted by 03USMC
Offense meant hulk. I just had to listen to 2 guys at work (National Guard motor t) mewlin about "not signing up for deployment".
Oh man do I hate those people. When I got deployed with the reserves, there were quite a few people who said "I did not sign up for this." There are too many people in the NG and reserves who sign up for the benefits and ignore the commitment.
November 1st, 2004  
USAFAUX2004
 
 
Well that is relly common with immigrants. I know too many who are going into it to go to collage
November 1st, 2004  
Lil Hulk 1988
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 03USMC
Offense meant hulk. I just had to listen to 2 guys at work (National Guard motor t) mewlin about "not signing up for deployment".
I did agree about the support units...

The infantry battalion that I was attached to had no problem deploying, now their vehicle support will follow and yes there was some belly aching about it....
November 1st, 2004  
Patriot_1989tobeyond
 
I think that the US is relying to much on technology rather than the size of force.
November 1st, 2004  
USAFAUX2004
 
 
well why use man power if you have big guns?
November 1st, 2004  
Rufus Excalibur
 
The General Public both in the US and UK assume that 130,000 troops mean 130,000 men with guns, not true only 60-70,000 are 'fighting' soldiers.

Count yourselves lucky, atleast your President and congress are putting up more money. In good old Great Britain our armed forces are more stretched than ever yet the Government has just announced the army will be reduced, yes reduced to less than 100,000 men, the navy will lose 7 frigates and destroyers out of 33, attack subs down from 12 to 8. Our Reserve Forces are now only 45,000 strong and our Nuke Carrying subs take 5 days (no joke) to be able to fire and carry half the trident missiles and warheads that they were designed for. Tony Blair wants to 'save Africa' and the rest yet takes the Iraq campaign out of the forces normal annual budget.

GB had 50,000 troops/forces in Gulf War2 a far higher % of its total armed forces than the US.

I think that both countries should expand their military atleast 2 new infantry divs for the US, and GB army up to 150,000, navy up to 50 frigates + destroyers.

I am not keen on the politicans talking about more special forces. To become a SEAL or an SAS trooper is restricted to the very best and the failure % is extremely high. There are plenty of applicants but few make the grade. Therefore the standards would drop, putting the safety and operational effectiveness of these forces at risk. Bigger is not necessarily better