While the Afghan National Army Sleeps …

BY Herschel Smith
6 years, 11 months ago

The video below is yet another disheartening account of the complete lack of professionalism and seriousness of the ANA.  The one mistake that the British forces made is in trusting the night watch (what the U.S. Marines would officially call Guardian Angel, but unofficially simply call ‘duty’) to remain awake without a Brit watching him and providing their own security.  This was a huge mistake.  There is more difficulty in getting the ANA to take the home searches seriously.  General McChrystal’s edict disallowing ISAF forces from entering homes is problematic.

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  • BruceR

    Hey, guy, the ANA are generally forbidden by their own high command from searching homes except under contact, as well. Only the ANP can do that. Yes, I’m well aware how silly that sounds. I suspect the Brit mentors in question, who said they just arrived in country, may not have fully understood the subtleties yet.

    They’ll do it, if they see a clear point to it, and we ask nicely, of course: they want to capture arms and ammo as much as anybody. And to be fair, they can often pick up before we do when a house search will be an obvious waste of their time, for whatever reason. But in my time in country I never heard of a successful house-by-house search of a complete village by ANA working alone. And if it gets too hot, or too dark, or the mentors get too tiresome, they will start citing their regulations prohibiting searches and then it’s over.


  • http://www.captainsjournal.com/ Herschel Smith

    If what you say is true, then the situation is even worse than I thought. It’s going from extremely bad to even worse than extremely bad.

    With McChrystal’s rules for ISAF and now (your asserted) rules for ANA, we are left to the corrupt and inept ANP to perform home searches! Good Lord!

    Does anyone in the chain of command have their head screwed on straight, or is this apoplectic, right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, way of conducting the campaign characteristic of the whole effort?

    The Brits still shouldn’t have left the ANA alone to perform duty.

  • Warbucks

    It would serve of value to us all if any WWII vets (of any service) offered their personal recollections of the disciplines metered out in WWII to warriors who were found asleep on the night watch in front line combat zones. Our vets shared a common moral vision for victory — our vision then was shaped as democracy, freedom, liberty, justice.

    An army not vested around a shared moral vision, requires the consistent administration of a much different discipline.

  • BruceR

    New mentors, as I said. They’ll learn. With the ANA, you always keep one guy up, and the radio on next to your bivvy.

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