Bridging the Basics
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV FORT MCNAIR DC
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In the last issue of JFQ, I provided some thoughts and observations on the ebb and flow of the bands of readiness individual and unit. It described some differences with soldiering in a predominantly garrison environment compared to a decade of military life in a back-and-forth deployed or combatfield setting a lifestyle and environment that a large majority of our force has been shouldering since the winter of 2001. It is no secret that our enduring deployment cycle and focus on current conflicts have caused some degradation and receding of core competencies and skill sets, impacting traditional roles, missions, and even methods of operating. Said another way, the heavy emphasis on prepping for the next deployment has provided misalignment to some of the simple tenets of soldiering and survival in an otherwise extended garrison or unit setting. These realities, along with our ongoing challenges of military life, equate to a buzz phrase that has recently resonated across the force. I suspect you have heard it already back to the basics. Coined by someone, the phrase has taken on several meanings with regard to reintegration, readiness, military standards, and so forth. I will be the first to admit that it is certainly a catchy phrase. And since its beginning, it has indeed taken on momentum. However, I would like to inject through every Servicemember, command, and military family that merely going back to the basics does not accurately or totally offer a holistic glide path to retuning our all-volunteer force.
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