The great frozen north, via the dusty veld.
Strategic studies student, focus on Special Operations and Airborne forces, geographic focus on Africa and South East Asia.
As we say in South Africa "hierdie man is 'n yster!"
8 months ago on C-Squadron, Rhodesian SAS Sergeant Major, Jock Hutton
Welcome to the 70s in Rhodesia lol ;)
8 months ago on The Over Exaggerated “C” Clamp Grip…Hype or Not?
@steve dw @thoughtfulandconcerned
Ding! Ding! Ding! You win the Godwin's law bingo bonus!
8 months, 1 week ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy
SOF standards have always been gender-neutral; they are just “the standard.” This is the key, mess with this and things will go south very quickly.
Good statement though in general from the admiral.
8 months, 1 week ago on ADM McRaven: RAND & JSOU to Conduct Studies on Female SOF
Its all fun and games until someone gets killed...
The people pushing this at all costs know that they'll never be in the shit facing incoming with someone next to them who shouldn't be there. They have nothing to lose and no skin in the game.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers and SEALs to Train Women By 2015/2016
You hit the nail on the head, succinct article that gets the main points across.
The naivete of so many politicians always astounds me (it shouldn't), but what do they have to lose if they're wrong? Probably nothing, heck they'll likely make money. What does the soldier have to lose? Life, limbs, sanity.
One gets paid, the other pays in blood...
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Syria, John McCain, and Ewoks
@JackMurphyRGR I did Systema in South Africa before moving to Canada, I really found it very useful. One of the primary instructors Vladimir Vasilliev in based in Toronto, so you could come visit the North, we'd be happy to have you: http://www.russianmartialart.com
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Russian Combatives System
I'm always amazed at how much money the US armed forces seem to have and are able to waste. I guess growing up in South Africa we always made do with what we could and saved as much as possible. If you wanted a uniform it was yours - pattern - flat Nutria brown. If you wanted something different you could get a jump helmet and a jump smock in the parachute battalion. Still wanted something more special, well best you qualify as a Special Forces operator, or join 32 Battalion. If you were a marine, an infantryman, medic or even an Air Force protection troop you got a brown uniform. I think the Israeli's still have the same approach.
It boggles my mind that there is so little leadership at the top that someone just doesn't make a decision. Here's the pattern for the armed forces. Fullstop. If you want something different go to SOCOM, otherwise here's the uniform, put it on, stop bitching and focus.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Been ‘Camouflaged’ About Camouflaged Uniforms?
RIP to Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian and Cpl. David M. Sonka.
Besides the murder of these guys what really gets my goat is the line at the end of the article: "Calls to the Sonka family were not returned" can't the media just leave the families alone for a bit, seriously, the media are ignorant d'bags at times.
10 months ago on 2 MARSOC Marines killed in Farah, Afghanistan
@JackMurphyRGR @Africanadian @LisaVor I was laughing until I looked down and saw that I was wearing khaki cargo pants, plus a black jacket, and Oakleys today. I then I realized that I was part of the conspiracy without even realizing it. Its borg mind control I tell ya...
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Boston Bombers and Shariat Jamaat
@LisaVor Oooh, secret police / military equipments [sic] must have definitely been a false flag op, or maybe the were the new Men in Black protecting the event from Aliens. Definitely looks like some high tech backpacks they've got, and as for those tactical shades and the assault baseball cap.
What is it with loonies and conspiracy theories in the US?
I always enjoy this series (a bit lame in parts) but good entertainment, plus being a South African currently in Canada it is always great to see SA showcased.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Strike Back: Season 3 Teaser
"The other example is Airborne School, where students are required to do five pull ups, which is especially important because it is how one steers a chute to avoid other jumpers and obstacles."
You've got to be kidding me! 5 lousy pull ups, I'm 42 not in awesome shape and I do ten without really trying, if you can't do 15+ you shouldn't be in the airborne. 5 maybe in uniform, with a rifle and combat load maybe, but I'm assuming that this is 5 in PT shorts. Lordy "standards"
11 months ago on Women Fail Marine Infantry Officer Course, Again
Great article. Douglas Bader (a double amputee) British pilot has always been a hero of mine. He was credited with 20 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probables, one shared probable and 11 enemy aircraft damaged. After being shot down he kept trying to escape so much he ended up in Colditz castle. Its men like Bader, and the thousands of other heroes out there, like the guy pictured, who are truly inspirational and make me grateful for the life I get to lead because of other's heroism.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Jealous of a Combat Amputee?
VAT 69 Commandos? Now I dont feel so bad about being a member of the Johnnie Walker Chairborne elite.
Sorry, I couldn't resist.
1 year ago on UPDATE: Firefight in Sabah
1 year ago on RIP, Brother
@Blake Miles Oh the humanity! Don't forget the hardcore gangster rap of Snow.
1 year ago on The other Dirty War: Danzon
I think you should also write on the evil influence of Canadian music on the USA. Justin Bieber and Celine Dion have corrupted America for too long now, I find Narcocorrido much less scary than the Biebs.
Nice to see a jump from a Transall again. The South African ones were so badly maintained they had to be scrapped, they are good jumping platforms.
1 year, 1 month ago on French Foreign Legion Combat Jump in Timbuktu!
@LauraWalkerKC You're a better person than me.
I'm from the country with the highest murder rate in the world. My patience as to why people do things ran out many, many, years ago. I just don't care if their mom didn't hug them enough, or if they're on meth, or they had a crappy day. I have no time for murderers, I know too many people who are growing up without a dad, brother or uncle.
They did what they did, he should be hog tied and dropped off in Coronado, Virginia Beach or Texas. G-d can judge him, he should just be sent there to face judgement ASAP (after a fair trial of course).
1 year, 1 month ago on Chris Kyle, Another Brother Lost