Army Ranger Commander Fired

Updated on December 18, 2020 in General Stuff
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A Ranger Training Battalion commander was relieved last month after making “derogatory comments” about soldiers training to become Army Rangers, officials confirmed to Task & Purpose.

Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahoe, commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) and Fort Benning, said in a statement that he relieved the battalion commander on Nov. 20 “due to his inability to uphold professional standards of conduct.”From John Smith

Makes me wonder…if we’re to the point where we think would-be US Army – f’ing – Rangers need to be protected from verbal abuse, where does this end?

Brings to mind a funny comment by Jesse Kelly some time back in response to a similar story. Something like “You fill your battalions with ‘diversity’, I’ll fill mine with killers. We’ll see who wins.”

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Without more detail, it’s hard to say. Certainly, a commander who commits a crime (harassment, rape, etc.) against a subordinate needs to go, on one extreme.

On the other, our elite SOF personnel will have to deal with all sorts of hardened opponents; it’s not the break room at Apple or REI. Filling paper over microaggressions against people who will have to sort walking problems who killed their first humans at age 12, or were forced to name, feed, and take care of a dog for 2 weeks, and then kill, cook, and eat it, is not a recipe for long-term success. 

I’m sure the truth lies somewhere in the middle, and without being privy to it, I just don’t know what to make of the issue.


on December 18, 2020

The actor R. Lee Ermy said that there were drill instructors exactly like the one he portrayed in Full Metal Jacket, a more riveting and opening 10 minutes of which I have not experienced. At least he was unbiased. He abused everyone.

He did not approve of abusive DI’s, by the way. Or said he didn’t.

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