a soldier's right to complain
Ive always heard that it was a soldiers right to complain...as long as he at some point shut up and did what he was told.. ..my dilemma vis a vis 'better events' is this..what I know and am fully kitted for is artillery, from what I can gather 'authentic' artillery is scarce or rather scarcer than infantry, in my outfit the gun owners rightfully have a wee bit more say since they are shelling out more for fuel etc .. We have talked about doing more events south of here, even westerly but that run has many hurdles/mostly transportation of guns and men to man them. at this time last year we were a six gun battery, all full sized etc, that said because of numerous things we are now a three/four gun unit 'effectively' with our 12 pdr Napoleon and trailer on the block for a song ( for those looking for a bigger 'gun' ) getting all that carnival on the road isn't always as easy as coming up with a 'nifty event' somewhere to attend..now contrast that with the independent infantryman. in small messes ect..a lot more freedom of movement there///so for myself attending those better events first means a few more items for infantry, and a LOT more knowledge of drill, which most sergeants will tell ya comes "free "after ya sign on that dotted line ...my first love cavalry is similarly stymied by lack of that fartin kickin hay burnin main ingredient..tho I know a couple of outfits in Va that can provide a noble beast if ya have yer tack..which is a direction I'm gonna be lookin at in the future..IF I had my way Id attend 2 or 3 'tacticals' a year..something where the 'script' isn't set, where my personal movements, attention to duty, effect the out come,
(yeah I know thats 'playin cowboy' but by gum I wont have to worry about being 'out of bounds' or whether a pass got intercepted or not for that matter! ) also a li'l more campaign heavy..for right now that wouldn't fly with everybody in my merry band. tho; it wouldn't even have too, theres a core of us who go our own way anyway, just so long as we're there to support the battery when needed...this ain't for everybody, campaign style!..neither is dragging around the kitchen sink for yer canvas Holiday Inn...for many of us Id say more than "agitating' we're lookin at striking out on our own, at least in part. if we're looking to see that 'bigger elephant'
Last edited by Sgt_Pepper; 06-04-2007 at 08:33 AM.
pvt Gary Mitchell
2nd Va Cavalry Co. C
Stuart's Horse Artillery