Putin’s Mobilization (yes, another opinion)
An account via Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (h/t Claudio)
I have had the opportunity to interact with Russian people and former Russian military people in my life. I don’t view them as an alien subset. They’re real people with real situations and their established military has always beaten recruits for their money, extorted relatives for money, and stolen their food and their uniforms. It’s the Russian way of things. It’s not unusual for a recruit to be beaten to death. I don’t know what the percentages are and based on the next piece on the blog (see “Wickedness” coming tomorrow), it seems that places in the USA are devolving to the same level.
Those blog readers who served in any US Military branch will have induction stories, having the medics hold the compressed air injection guns just off the skin so that the shots blow holes in your arm and the vaccine runs down to the deck with your blood. Sometimes the uniform issue doesn’t go quite to plan. There is a period of acclimation that everyone goes through. But it’s nothing like Russia.
I’ve been through very challenging training and very strenuous situations in my career. Many days in my career were difficult, and I’m not the only one. But, the level of bullshit that the Ruskies are going through both in mobilization and in combat from no or bad equipment, bad leadership, bad training, bad intelligence, bad food, weak logistics, and on and on is a level of dysfunction that we simply don’t see in the West.
Good officers look after their men. The fault isn’t with senior NCOs, it’s with officers. I know that there are strong officers and weak ones – because they’re selected from the human race, but frankly, there is no excuse for being a bad officer. In many cases, the senior NCOs form the backbone. I know this, but the fault for systemic failure is with the officers. I don’t know whether I was a good officer because I have to look at it from my perspective, not through the eyes of the men that I led (I never led women). When saw injustice, I put a stop to it, when my frogs needed something, I made sure they got it, and there was iron discipline if somebody said, “good to go”. That meant that it really was GOOD TO GO. I watched my people for signs of stress and for indications that they were pushed too far, too long, or too hard. Yes, the NCOs were there, but the responsibility was all mine. The Russians don’t appear to have that working for them at all. The officers and NCOs are not asserting control or discipline, they are likely stealing the food that should go to their soldiers and selling it out the back door. Maybe it’s the same with uniforms and medical supplies?
The Russian military is folding at the point of kinetic contact and it’s obvious why.