Phil Smith is a retired Marine Colonel. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and became an infantryman and then a reconnaissance Marine. We’ll talk to him about stopping the cycle of hazing that the Marine Corps goes through repeatedly: Class, Lecture, Warning, HAZING EVENT, investigation, court-martial.
A ton of news going on today, we’ll focus rats forcing the Commissary at MCB Twentynine Palms to shut down, the changes to “Phase 4” of USMC Recruit Training where Drill Instructors where do more talking to recruits and shed the “knife edge” aura of the previous 11 weeks.
Montana Man joins us to update us on the colonoscopy that he completed this morning — another case of a “post-colonoscopy” euphoric high!
The Editor & Publisher of the Marine Corps Gazette is Chris Woodbridge, Col USMC (ret). Woody joined the program to talk about the October 2017 edition of the Gazette and it’s Combat Service Support theme.
As usual, we’ll also talk current events with Woody who is a candid guest. Great stuff.
I think these pictures… that I have collected over the years… say more than I ever can about why I’m offended by the National Football League.
And… “yes” I do understand… it is their right… I understand that because we fought for it.
Con Thien is one of the subjects of the 5th Episode of the PBS documentary “The Vietnam War.” We’ll talk about 19 year old squad leaders leading 18 year old Marines and the pounding those battalions of the Marines took in 1967-1968.
There is discussion of making SSgt’s infantry squad leaders due to the growing complexity of that job, we’ll talk about it; and the Modern Marine Expo is currently ongoing, we’ll get the Gunner’s opinion on the most pressing equipment needs of infantry Marines these days.
Gunner talks about having fun in Recruit Training, the dreaded 100-Hour Work Week while deployed and the Ken Burns series on Vietnam.
Mike Archer’s father and brother were both Marines. His father fought in the Pacific during World War II and his brother is a fellow Vietnam Veteran. Mike was a Marine radio operator at Khe Sanh and was there for the entire battle. As the author of three books (two on Khe Sanh) he’s also a storyteller. We wanted to get his thoughts as a Vietnam Veteran and as a storyteller on the Ken Burns documentary — The Vietnam War.
You can find Mike’s books here.
Phil Smith, Col USMC (ret) joined the program to talk about the 100 Hour Work Week while deployed that was such a large issue at yesterday’s Senate Armed Service Committee Hearing on Recent Ship Collisions at Sea. Along the way we get into a discussion about discipline, leaders who enforce discipline and the longest pubic hair I’ve ever seen.
Smitty also talks about his trepidation relative to an “anit-war” agenda in Ken Burns’ PBS Documentary, The Vietnam War.
The Commandant of the Marine Corps joined ALL MARINE RADIO to talk leadership and current events.
ABOUT KEEP YOUR HONOR CLEAN: The Commandant isn’t sure if Marines are “buying it” when it comes to “keeping your honor clean.” Attempts to influence character are ongoing in the Marine Corps, it’s unfinished work and Marines are trying hard but the jury is still out. “I don’t know if you can get it until you experience it. In the aggregate we have really good people, we just have to do a better job explaining this.”
ABOUT GENDER: Does the Marine Corps still want women who don’t want to be grunts (Capt Lauren Serrano’s question)? The Commandant is conscious that the burden of child birth and being a mother is a heavy burden, “Of course we want her in the Marine Corps.” “At the end of the day you have to be ready to deploy, it’s a hard life.” “I think we’re trying to find that space, but we have to find that balance between our warfighting requirement and our retention.”
ABOUT AVIATION: We need to fly more. Every month our flight hours go up. It took us years to get into this situation and it’ll take us years to get out. Why CMC decided to have Marine Corps aviation units “take a knee” after the the 31st MEU MV-22 incident.
PART 2 of a GREAT interview.
Gunner and Montanaman joined the program to talk about the USS McCain collision, having both lived about US Navy warships for extended periods of time, in the Gunner’s case he was part of the USS Kitty Hawk (an aircraft carrier) for two years. They’ll talk collisions at sea.