Argghhh! The Home Of Two Of Jonah’s Military Guys.. – I remember Carter’s Army

We could probably scare the rest of you for hours with tales of how over 50% of our equipment was deadlined because there was no money in the budget for parts, maybe 30% of the remainder was parked in the Motor Pool because there was no money in the budget to pay for fuel for them, but it didn’t matter much that we couldn’t drive them to the training areas, because there was no money in the budget to pay for training ammo.

We used to joke that we were so hollow, we wouldn’t even be able to whip Monaco in a fight — and most of the time, we weren’t joking.

via Argghhh! The Home Of Two Of Jonah’s Military Guys.. – I remember Carter’s Army.

I joined the Army well into the Reagan buildup, but even as a newly enlisted soldier, I could spot the remaining problems from the disastrous Carter gutting of the DoD.

3 thoughts on “Argghhh! The Home Of Two Of Jonah’s Military Guys.. – I remember Carter’s Army”

  1. I started Basic Training in January ’77. By the time I finished all of my training and got to my first unit 18 months later, we were beginning to make do with what we already had. Then times got really tough. I was a maintainer, so I had to learn how to cannibalize quickly.

  2. Considering we still have to rebuild the vehicle fleets that have been deployed, restock war-stocks, etc, as well as the vastly increased complexity and costs of spare parts, it will get pretty ugly. Not mentioned here, but the Clinton years were pretty lean, too. I am hoping the next cuts look more like the Clinton years than the Carter years.

  3. We didn’t have ammo to qualify at the range, and we were Infantry.
    It was an odd time.

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