Tuesday, December 16, 2008

APFT Traing Programs for Pushups Situps & Run

Here is the best collection on the web of workout programs designed specifically for the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) from the Notre Dame ROTC freshman class. Click the link then click on "View Published slideshow in a new window" you do not need to sign into google to view these powerpoints.

Push Up Programs:
100 Push Up Program Expl Info Brief
Upper Body Workout
PU SU Superset
Push Ups Training Program
Push Up Push Workout
Pushup Workout

Ab Programs:
Ranger Club Ab Workout
Ab Workout
60 Sit Up Program
Ab Workout 2
8 Part Ab Workout
Ab Workout to Increase APFT
Core Workout
Abs Workout
Core Workout 2

Run Programs:
Increase Your APFT Run Pace Program
Passing the APFT 2 Mile Run Program
Intense Run Workout
Max Sprint Workout
2 Mile Run
Achieving Your Ideal 2 Mile Run Time
Increase Run Time
2 Mile Time Workout

Friday, November 7, 2008

Duty Honor Country Speech

In 1962, 2yrs before he died, General Douglas MacArthur, born in 1880, gave a speech at West Point accepting the Sylvanus Thayer Award. An award for outstanding service to the nation, he year before, the award had gone to Eisenhower. MacArthur's speech to the cadets in accepting the award had as its theme Duty, Honor, Country:

To read click here

To listen to click here

Thursday, November 6, 2008

DA PAM 600-65 Leadership Statements & Quotes

For the DA PAM 600-65 Leadership Statements & Quotes click here

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

FM 6-22 Army Leadership Resources

For the FM 6-22 Army Leadership manual click here
For the FM 6-22 Framework mindmap click here

For the older version see FM 22-100 Army Leadership Resources

Friday, October 17, 2008

Military History Podcast

The Military History Podcast is sponsored by by Armchair General Magazine

You can subscribe and download these great 10 min or less episodes on your ipod or click the "POD" button next to each title to play right inside your internet browser

One of my favorite episodes is the Machiavelli Prince where you can lessons learned about counter insurgency approaches to Iraq.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008

Book: Kill Bin Laden

The Book
Kill Bin Laden: A Delta Force Commander's Account of the Hunt for the World's Most Wanted Man (Hardcover)see it on Amazon here

The Interview
Watch the interview from 60 minutes with to see how close we caught Bin Laden here

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Warrior Ethos: The Soldier's Creed

Soldier Creed Video

Also check out this the Army's Warrior Ethos site

Cadet Professional Development AKO Webpage

Cadet Command G3 has established an AKO webpage that contains all
pertinent information regarding Cadet Professional Development Training at https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/589415.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Where Can I Get a Military ID

To find the closest place to get a military ID by zip code search go to

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

4th Generation Warfare Defined

Terror War Defenses

Jack Kelly op-ed in Washington Times

[17 October 2004, p. B4]

Two superb books put in context the global war on terror, and explain why the battle for Iraq is critical to victory.

Thomas Barnett is a professor at the Naval War College, and creator of what may be history's most famous Pentagon briefing. Col. Thomas Hammes is a Marine with considerable experience in intelligence and special operations.

In "The Pentagon's New Map," Mr. Barnett defines the security challenge of the 21st century in terms of "the Core" (prosperous democracies integrated into the world economy) and "the Gap" (failed states disconnected from globalization). The key to peace is reducing the number of states in the Gap.

In "The Sling and the Stone," Col. Hammes describes Fourth Generation Warfare (4GW), and outlines steps America must take to wage it effectively.

In first-generation war, practiced from the misty depths of pre-history to just before World War I, groups of soldiers in close proximity whale away at each other with swords, spears, battle axes and, later, muskets. The object was to destroy enemy fighting forces.

Second-generation warfare was like the first, with the addition of artillery and other indirect fires. The objective�to destroy the enemy's fighting formations�was the game.

Third-generation warfare, inaugurated by the German Blitzkrieg in World War II, shifted the primary objective from the enemy's fighting forces to his logistical base and command-and-control systems.

In 4GW, inaugurated by Mao Tse-Tung and improved upon by the Vietnamese communists, the main target is the enemy's will to fight. Battlefield successes are less important than the ability to exploit them for propaganda.

Two characteristics of 4GW that differ from earlier generations of war is there are no ethical boundaries�noncombatants are often the preferred target because killing them can have a greater impact on enemy morale�and there are no quick victories. 4GW wars are measured in decades, not years.

A common theme for Mr. Barnett and Col. Hammes is the Pentagon cannot prepare for war as if it were separable from everything else. In modern war, "everything else" (the economy, public perceptions, nation-building) are often more important than winning fights on the battlefield.

Mr. Barnett's is a hopeful book. He believes globalization has all but outlawed war between states, because the costs of war to a country connected to the world economy vastly outweigh any potential benefits successful war could bring. Col. Hammes is less optimistic but agrees with Mr. Barnett that the kind of war for which the Pentagon is preparing is most unlikely.

Nation-building is a critical component for victory in 4GW conflicts. Only with nation-building can the Gap be shrunk, Mr. Barnett says. Only by providing a better idea and example can the United States defeat an ideological group like al Qaeda, Col. Hammes says.

Both think the Pentagon needs a major overhaul if we're to win the war on terror and future 4GW wars.

Mr. Barnett thinks our military needs to be divided into a (smaller) traditional military force and a (larger) "system administration" force that would do the dirty work of peacekeeping and nation-building.

Col. Hammes' goals are more modest and more practical. We need fewer of the kinds of units�heavy armor, air defense, tactical fighters, submarines�designed for fighting enemies who have largely vanished. We need more of the kinds of units�military police, intelligence, civil affairs, leg infantry�useful for peacekeeping and nation-building.

What's needed most in the Pentagon, Mr. Barnett and Col. Hammes agree, is a change in attitude. Military leaders must be able to work closely with civilian agencies to win the war on terror. Military bureaucracies must be flattened so field troops can respond quicker to rapidly developing situations.

Most important, our military and political leaders must recognize that 4GW conflicts are chiefly wars of ideas, and the best weapons we have in such conflicts are our better ideas.

"The fundamental message of the United States is the most powerful message ever crafted by mankind: We treasure the individual and provide an environment where every person can strive for his or her own dreams," Col. Hammes said. "It is up to us to harness that message and use it to win."

Jack Kelly, a syndicated columnist, is a former Marine and Green Beret and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration. He is national security writer for the Pittsburgh (Pa.) Post-Gazette.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Learn About the Different Army Branches

For a good intro to the careers in the different Army Branches go to

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Nested Concpet

"Nested concepts is not clearly understood at the tactical level and, as a result, units are having difficulty focusing combat power and getting every asset to contribute to the main effort's success. What is meant by nested concepts?

The most definitive reference available for nested concepts is General William E. DuPuy's article in Army, August 1988, page 31, "Concepts of Operation: The Heart of Command, The Tool of Doctrine", which states:

Cascading concepts carry the top commander's intentions to the lowest levels, and the nesting of those concepts traces the critical path of concentration and priorities. This is the phenomenon the Germans called schwerpunkt. The concepts are nested like mixing bowls in a kitchen. Each must fit within the confines of the larger and accommodate the next smaller and so on down to the squad, the tank, and the brave soldier himself. It is the only method by which the talent and initiative of commanders and troops at every level can be engaged and exploited.

There should be a direct link between the task and purpose of subordinate units and fires and the task force main effort's task and purpose. If the direct link is not established, the TF has failed to achieve unity of effort. Company commanders and specialty platoon leaders should ask themselves this question: What is my unique contribution to the TF fight and the main effort's success? If you cannot determine your role, you are the wasted effort!"

NESTED CONCEPTS: Are You a Main Effort, a Supporting Effort, or a Wasted Effort? by LTC Michael Shields

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sucking Chest Wounds

Sucking chest wounds are one of the leading causes of preventable deaths on the modern battlefield. Watch this clip from Three Kings to see depiction of what goes on inside.

Book: Adjust Fire

This year our warrior leader book club will be reading Lt. Col. Michael A. Baumann's book Adjust Fire. Click here to read reviews and buy your book through amazon, so you can join in on the discussion.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Non-Military OPORD Training Slides

Click on the arrows on the side of the slide to view
Read this document on Scribd: Non-Mil Opord Sample

Sunday, March 30, 2008

OCS Phase III AL 2008 Photos & Network

For Pictures from OCS Phase III in Alabama click here

We have a group set up at http://beknowdonow.ning.com/group/2008ocsphase3alabama/ where we can network. So sign up and join in on the discussion.

See also the Facebook page and the video on MySpace