One of the most important part of basic military training is the function of discipline. Teaching large groups of people to dress the same, stay in step while moving and to stand still in an organized body is the least of a modern soldier's training. As many recruit trainers have discovered, it is vitally important to ensure organized groups of recruits understand their role and accept the expectations of command. Discipline, while individually emphasized, needs to be inculcated at the group level very early in training. Apparently, that all-important aspect of training was left out when it came to this group of new Iraqi soldiers.
Newly graduated Iraqi soldiers protested after a passing out parade on Sunday saying they were promised they would serve only in their hometowns.Hmmm. Generally, a well disciplined group would listen to what was being said and then go back to the barracks and bitch their heads off. If they had been trained properly they would know that they can complain individually to their commanding officer. Or maybe not.
The troops were among 1,000 graduates, mostly from the Sunni Arab minority, at the Habbaniya base near Falluja west of Baghdad.
The protesters told reporters they were unhappy about their first assignments after being promised they would serve only in their hometowns.
Some took off their shirts and threw them down in anger. Others yelled at their officers and threatened to quit. One officer yelled back, telling them to leave, witnesses said.
The U.S. military said the graduates were part of plans to recruit Iraqis for an integrated army from across Anbar province, the heartland of the Sunni insurgency.Apparently that isn't going to work. So, what's plan B?
Oh yeah. Sorry I asked.