In writing http://corner.nationalreview.com/pos...ZmODg0NTM5YjM=
"....supposed to have 39 men in a rifle platoon. Ended up
being sent to Afghanistan with 24 because 15 of those soldiers had been
sent to Iraq. ""And as a consequence, they didn't have enough ammunition,
they didn't have enough Humvees.
They were actually capturing Taliban
weapons, because it was easier to get Taliban weapons than it was for
them to get properly equipped by our current commander in chief. "
Army captain running a rifle platoon? I'm sure it was while he was still at LT. I never had a full platoon, HQ section or company in my time in the Army, and this was the height of the Cold War when we had a larger military. Between ETS, PCS, TDY, etc., even for big deployments (REFORGER, NTC) I was lucky if I ever hit 75-80% strength; usually it was 50-60%. The only guys I knew that maxed out TO&E folks were my buddies who had commands in the RGR Regt. And I never sustained losses due to cbt ops. I'm a little suspicious of the accuracy.