Wednesday, April 02, 2003

WAR Diary:

1043 Hours: School had been taking most of my time of late; Spring Break is over and the grind is on again. As I write this (at work) I am tired, not bone tired, but red-eyed, sore-eyed tired. I need some sleep. I think I will skip class on Friday; I am due to miss a Legal Writing class.
If it is possible, we are getting almost too much information on the war. I find myself reading and listening to far less coverage, but perhaps that can be attributed to school as well.

The push towards Baghdad is on in earnest, and I’m not sure it is a wide thing, without the 1st ID pushing from the north and the 4th ID back up the 3rd. I certainly hope to WAR planner wait until the two extra divisions are ready before the final assault on Baghdad begins. Baghdad is far too large for just two divisions, heavily armed or not, to hold for long. I fear the battle for the capital will be long and bloody; a lot of Iraqi lives will be lost, innocent lives, and far too many martyrs for the cause of Islam and the punishment of the infidels (us) will be created in the process. I implore Franks to wait!

But, it is reported that the Marines have destroyed one Iraqi division near Kut and that the Army had swept aside opposition in Karbala, seized the surrounded the city and were once again on the move north. Not too fast, not too fast, let us learn from the very recent past shall we!
Ever wonder how the Army and Marines are organized? I offer below a simplified snap-shot:

Squad: four to ten soldiers, command usually falls to a non-commissioned officer.
Platoon: includes three to four squads, about 16 to 40 soldiers; usually led a first or second lieutenant.
Company: three or four platoons, about 100 to 200 soldiers; usually led by a captain.
Battalion: three to five company, or 500 to 900 soldiers; usually led by a colonel.
Brigade: three to five battalions 3,000 to 5,000 soldiers; usually led by a colonel.
Division: three brigades, 10,000 to 18,000 soldiers; led by a two-star general.
Corps: two to five divisions, 20,000 to 90,000 soldiers; led by a three-star general.
Field Army: between two and five corps, 100,000 to 250,000 soldiers; led by a four-star general.

The Navy and Air Force are organized differently of course; I’ll touch on their organization tomorrow.

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