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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 11 March 2019 - 05:21 PM

Exclusive: Pentagon Investigating Army Two-Star General For Retaliation Against Green Berets

Breitbart
By Kristina Wong
11 Mar 2019

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The Pentagon inspector general is investigating allegations that a two-star Army general is retaliating against active-duty Green Beret instructors under his command who have voiced concerns over his lowering of standards for Green Beret candidates, three sources familiar with the matter told Breitbart News.

The allegations involve Army Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, who is commanding general of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School and Center (SWCS) where Green Berets are selected, trained, and graduated.

Breitbart News spoke with more than a half dozen current and former Green Beret instructors and several others in the Green Beret community, whose firsthand accounts paint an alarming picture of an Army general gone rogue, a hostile command climate where soldiers are fearful of retribution for speaking out, and a total breakdown of unit morale.

“It’s like Game of Thrones around here,” one Green Beret said. “Who’s going to be next?”

Current and recent former instructors at SWCS, also known as cadre, say standards at the school’s prestigious Qualification Course (Q-course), where Green Berets are graduated, began to dramatically slide after Sonntag took command in May 2017.
One current instructor said the GT score, which determines eligibility for specific jobs in the Army, has also been recently lowered from 110 to 107 for aspiring Green Berets.

Instructors said their input and ability to discipline students was also dramatically reduced.

“As instructors, they took our power away,” said one recent former instructor. “We would kick a guy out because he’s lying to the cadre, he’s drinking, or he’s doing x, y, z, [or] he’s just a terrible student and not a guy I want to serve with on a team … like this guy is going to stab me in the back when I’m downrange.”

They said students leaving the course voluntarily — and even involuntarily — are being personally called and asked if they would like to come back and finish, even though past policy required them to be sent on an overseas assignment or to the 82nd Airborne.
For example, they said a student could no longer fail the course for not passing any physical standard or test. Before, failing to pass two separate times would have resulted in being kicked out of the course. Now, students are increasingly being passed by a relief board or the training group commander.

They said land navigation — where students navigate open terrain and find set points using a map and compass — is no longer a “pass or fail” event, and it was turned into a “practical exercise.” Cadre say that was where most Green Beret candidates would fail in the past.

They also said the course was restructured so that students could not fail the language portion. Previously, students had to pass the language portion before receiving their Green Beret. Now, students can receive their Green Beret before passing it on a “conditional” basis and are allowed to retake the language portion as many times as they need in order to pass it.

They also said even the ethical standards have become increasingly lax. Several Green Berets recalled a party in the summer of 2017 at which a student pulled a knife on one of the cadre. Despite the incident being reported to higher command, it was dismissed as a “personal” incident, and the student was allowed to continue the course.

In an especially notorious incident at SWCS in the fall of 2017, a student killed his entire fictional local guerrilla force he was supposed to train during the Robin Sage culminating exercise — a disastrous outcome and ethical violation. Cadre pulled the student from the exercise immediately. However, commanders allowed him to graduate over the objection of cadre.

“He literally murdered all of his guerrillas. He took a machine gun out, he got angry, and he gunned down and killed all of his guerrillas,” one source said. “We’ve got people that are getting through the pipeline that should not be in the pipeline.”

One current instructor said the GT score, which determines eligibility for specific jobs in the Army, has also been recently lowered from 110 to 107 for aspiring Green Berets.

Instructors said their input and ability to discipline students was also dramatically reduced.

“As instructors, they took our power away,” said one recent former instructor. “We would kick a guy out because he’s lying to the cadre, he’s drinking, or he’s doing x, y, z, [or] he’s just a terrible student and not a guy I want to serve with on a team … like this guy is going to stab me in the back when I’m downrange.”

They said students leaving the course voluntarily — and even involuntarily — are being personally called and asked if they would like to come back and finish, even though past policy required them to be sent on an overseas assignment or to the 82nd Airborne.

In addition, they said an “open door” policy is essentially in effect, and students can walk into Sonntag’s office and appeal to him directly to be able to continue the course even if they fail.

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 06:28 PM

If Obama was stil CIC, this guy would get a promotion.
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Posted 11 March 2019 - 07:13 PM

Military training is designed to sort out both the physically and mentally weak, Bowe Bergdahl's a perfect example of what can happen when one slips through the cracks, they can get themselves and others killed in a combat situation. This general needs to lose his command and anyone given an easy pass to wearing a Green Beret hat should be pulled from the ranks and assigned a desk job. Unbelievable!
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Posted 12 March 2019 - 11:09 AM

View Posterp, on 11 March 2019 - 06:28 PM, said:

If Obama was stil CIC, this guy would get a promotion.



No kidding. Probably the next Secretary of Defense or at least Chief of Staff.

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View PostNH Populist, on 11 March 2019 - 07:13 PM, said:

Military training is designed to sort out both the physically and mentally weak, Bowe Bergdahl's a perfect example of what can happen when one slips through the cracks, they can get themselves and others killed in a combat situation. This general needs to lose his command and anyone given an easy pass to wearing a Green Beret hat should be pulled from the ranks and assigned a desk job. Unbelievable!



But but but but diversity, but but but everyone 'Deserves' to get a Colored Beret... it's not fair....

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 04:55 PM

View Posterp, on 11 March 2019 - 06:28 PM, said:

If Obama was stil CIC, this guy would get a promotion.

Maybe, but this is happening under Trump...
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