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Aside to Charlie Sherpa

Chief Red Bull, please send me an e-mail — I think I can put you on to some 34th Division stuff from North Africa. Btw, no dis was intended — more I want people to be aware of vulnerabilities. That said, well, yeah, I have indeed seen some pretty old, overweight and untrained Guard soldiers ...

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Chief Red Bull, please send me an e-mail -- I think I can put you on to some 34th Division stuff from North Africa.

Btw, no dis was intended -- more I want people to be aware of vulnerabilities. That said, well, yeah, I have indeed seen some pretty old, overweight and untrained Guard soldiers in these modern times. For example: The only time I have come across someone who was illiterate in today's military was a guy in a South Carolina unit.

Chief Red Bull, please send me an e-mail — I think I can put you on to some 34th Division stuff from North Africa.

Btw, no dis was intended — more I want people to be aware of vulnerabilities. That said, well, yeah, I have indeed seen some pretty old, overweight and untrained Guard soldiers in these modern times. For example: The only time I have come across someone who was illiterate in today’s military was a guy in a South Carolina unit.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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