how prepared are troops for fighting?

Blorange

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A lot of todays troops are mainly young and afghan is their first war zone, but really the taliban are not really troops, they have no protection or training, fighting people who have held a gun for a matter of days, who dont mind dying

how prepared are our troops for fighting against real armies, with protection, vehicles, and people who know how to aim with a gun?
 

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Only the knowledge that the Royal Marines have some the best training in the world can answer that one.

I hope we never have to find out.
 

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yeah dont get me wrong, they are known as the best world wide, but just wondering
 

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A lot of todays troops are mainly young and afghan is their first war zone, but really the taliban are not really troops, they have no protection or training, fighting people who have held a gun for a matter of days, who dont mind dying

how prepared are our troops for fighting against real armies, with protection, vehicles, and people who know how to aim with a gun?
It's not like they have stopped training troops in conventional warfare and there are also regular exercises held which focus on conventional warfare.

An example is the 'Joint Warrior' exercise held last October: http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/D...ionalForcesTakePartInExerciseJointWarrior.htm
 

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Every war is different.
It's true that forces are more focused on training against an unconventional force, but they are more then capable of handling a conventional modern military. Not to mention significant advances in military equipment means you can fight a war without ever having to put a footprint on the enemies territory.
 

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I'd say physically, troops are at the top of the game and very well prepared for war! But as for the mental side of things, I'd just hope some one like illustrious or JBC answers this question
 

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A lot of todays troops are mainly young and afghan is their first war zone, but really the taliban are not really troops, they have no protection or training, fighting people who have held a gun for a matter of days, who dont mind dying

how prepared are our troops for fighting against real armies, with protection, vehicles, and people who know how to aim with a gun?
These young men may be fighting their first war in afghanistan, but to imply the taliban is full of people who have held a weapon for a couple of days amd can't aim a gun is ludicrous. You do not learn to create amd lay IEDs overnight, and these people have a sophisticated communications network, they are not fighting a conventional war, but to imply they are not sophisticated or trained is wrong, ignorant and short sighted.

Are our boys prepared to fight an army? Yes they are trained to. Is fighting extremists lowering that ability? Time will tell, are these people out on a limb acting without skill or organisation? No.

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Well, as a Marine fresh out of training, in a weird way I feel more "ready"and confident to fight a 'real' army in conventional warfare than facr an enemy such as the Taliban.

That's what you rehearse over and over again in Recruit Training! You learn how to observe, stalk, ambush and attack troops in a cold-war style scenario. We've got all the anti-tank/vehicle/aircraft specialists ready for that scenario, whose skill-sets are sort of redundant at the moment.

The reactions to fire and tactics we are learning for Afghan seem so different and counter-intuitive after 32 weeks of making other drills and manouveres "muscle-memory."
 

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I agree with you geek.

Quote: Body of Lies-
"See, what's changed is that our allegedly unsophisticated enemy has caughten on to the factually unsophisticated truth - we're an easy target. We are an *easy* target."

Fighting the Taliban is a completly differrent war , as apposed to fighting a super power i.e Iran. and to say one is more dangerous then the other would be very naive. We wear uniforms,we fly flags. The taliban? they walk amongst the population, they lay i.e.d's. The war were fighting now poses threats that a war against a major army would not.

And yes, watching documentaries where troops are seeking shelter from fire inside a house, to call in air support 10 minutes later,does pose the question, against a more sophisticated army that would be suicide, they would just send a RPG through the front door. but in a war like that the marines would be forced to adapt, two completely different theatres of war, lets hope we dont see the latter.
 
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