There have been a lot of heated discussions on the blogs in the past few months regarding the role of former active duty soldiers in the upcoming war games. Many of the discussions were based on the Jedburgh Academy that Sam is trying to form as another revenue stream.
Some of the discussions raised the ire of folks who have organized militias around the US.
Everyone who wrote the original articles regarding the role of the soldiers was right.
Everyone who commented, defending the militias was right.
And it doesn’t matter.
We in the III community need to seriously discuss what role we see in the upcoming games. For the sake of this discussion, let’s ignore the “names” we want to call our groups and discuss the “roles” that are envisioned.
There seem to be three schools of thought about this:
- Some seem to think that we will all fall in and form some sort of nationwide revolutionary army. Sam clearly sees himself as the next unarmed George Washington.
- Yet others see themselves as some sort of resistance fighters in a semi-organized underground force.
- Some seem to think they will become some sort of home defense force protecting their neighborhood and ally with other like minded folks in a sort of community defense force.
A nationwide revolutionary army seems very unfeasible. Despite the calls for “reestablishing rightful liberty” from many in our camps, there doesn’t seem to be any consensus on what that really means from a pragmatic standpoint. Although rightful liberty is a subject for a different blog entry, I will proffer that reestablishing rightful liberty is a concept with no meaning seeing as I can find no time in America’s history where we really had rightful liberty as we would all attempt to define it.
Without consensus, there will be no national leader or national campaigns.
Without consensus, there will be no masses to convince and get support from.
It might happen as some reestablishment of a society evolves, but it won’t happen as part of some national effort to reform our country.
Resistance fighters may be more feasible. Many suggest that the upcoming war games will see many of the elements of 4th generation warfare. While we may see more of the features used against us (some would say that many of them are currently being used against us), certainly many of the tactics can apply to resistance type fighters.
Assuming that this is the idea of a Jedburgh type organization, let’s look at the feasibility of that. Algiers Base was the American primary site for independent OSS operations in Western Europe. Let’s look at the minimum amount of supplies that they stocked at Algiers Base:
For the Base Staff:
- Six months of rations
- Field equipment for 80 men
- Equipment for a HQ, a radio station and a training school
For Forces that they planned to train (for each force they planned to train!):
- 2000 Thompson SMGs with one million rounds
- 1000 .38 pistols with 50,000 rounds
- 40,000 hand grenades
- 500 land mines
- 2000 hunting knives
- 1500 compasses
- 5000 sets of boots, underclothes, shirts and slacks
For the Operational Groups
- 300 9mm SMGs
- 4 Bren guns with 5000 rounds
- 500 fighting knives
- 30000 packets of plastic explosives
- Equipment for field radio stations (permanent and temporary)
- 500 parachutes and jump suits
And a fully equipped training school!
And this is just a short list of major items! The equipment for the forces they planned to train were for EACH force! The Jedburghs not only had large amounts of supplies, they had the ability to move it and resupply their forces via airdrop. The sheer logistics of a modern Jedburgh type organization suggests that the concept is flawed at best and an incredible waste of time at worst.
Part 2 will discuss the home defense force