Experiences with other militaries.

AWP

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Were they able to keep their areas of responsibility secured? Looks like they suffered some casualties.
Casualties are neither indicative of success or failure, just dead people.

I can't speak to their overall battlespace, but considering I watched Afghans walk around FOB Ghazni, unescorted, taking pictures with cellphones, and performing a pace count?* And Ghazni was their brigade HQ? Or how they allowed a convoy to drive over a known IED? I don't have a lot of faith in their performance elsehwere. I have a list of behavior that would shock members of this forum and no, I'm not sharing.

* - Yes, it was reported and yes, it was ignored. KBR threatened to walk off the job. Their management told them if they did their next decision would be "chicken or pasta." Their turnover at that FOB was horrendous.
 

RackMaster

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I turned in a couple Afghan worker's when we first got to Kabul. Dude was always standing with a shovel, never working, watching and counting vehicles as they left our annex. We also found the same vehicles had chalk marks on them the next day. They were sent to the Croat MP's for "questioning". Best psrt was the holding cell was an empty working dog pen between two other dog's. LOL I wanted to stay and watch.

Oh and 2 days later they caught a guy with a miniature map of the camp. And some time after we were rocketed.
 

Kraut783

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A-stan:
British SAS: had a team living in our safe house for a bit in Gardez, great guys, crazy, and professional.
Australian LRRP: Good guys, friendly and knew their shit.
Germans SOF: good dudes, friendly, professional...and shared their beck's beer.

Iraq:
Ugandan (security): I know not military, but these guys were good, and did not play and were always respectful. Never had any off duty silliness from them, not like the other TCN's in the area.
Georgian: A bunch of thugs, we had opened cases on a bunch of them (theft from civilians, rape...etc), then they left the country to address the issue with Russia.
 

BlackSmokeRisinG

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I worked around the British Desert Rats during Desert Storm. I can't say enough good about them. Hard chargers and they kicked serious ass out there. You would have thought we had known them our entire lives, and they were very honest about everything we asked them about. They really went out of their way to get to know us. Their infantry did a very good job clearing trenches from what I noticed as our advance party team sort of drifted into their sector by accident....
Good to hear. My grandfather was a Desert Rat, AA artileryman captured in Africa in 1939. Spent the next 4 years in a POW camp.

I turned in a couple Afghan worker's when we first got to Kabul....

Oh and 2 days later they caught a guy with a miniature map of the camp. And some time after we were rocketed.
Ahh, the old hand drawn FOB map LOL.

Iraqi Army- Most did their job pretty well when on missions and did a good job searching cars and people. They seemed to have a good relationship with the population and seemed to care about making Iraq a better place. Some of them would hustle, beg or steal from whomever they could. Several died while we were deployed.

Ugandan and Kenyan security force contractors- They seemed to love searching cars and people coming onto the FOB. Most were really polite and friendly. They didn't seem to be able to judge distance and direction for distant smoke plumes or incoming.
 

BloodStripe

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I've worked with the Spanish Navy, Spanish Navy Marines, Royal Marines, Maldovia Army EOD, Iraqi Army, and various IDF units. Each had its positives and negatives.

Highlights: The Royal Marines had an awesome O course with livefire mixed in. Was made extra difficult on the mornings following nights of out drinking those wankers.

IDF were mostly Sayeret Egoz, and Duvdevan. They were all very professional and as a direct result of them I was promoted to squad leader. I did get my ass kicked by about 20 of them during a training event but then again, that was the point of it.
 

Eagle 92-94

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I've worked with the Spanish Navy, Spanish Navy Marines, Royal Marines, Maldovia Army EOD, Iraqi Army, and various IDF units. Each had its positives and negatives.

Highlights: The Royal Marines had an awesome O course with livefire mixed in. Was made extra difficult on the mornings following nights of out drinking those wankers.

IDF were mostly Sayeret Egoz, and Duvdevan. They were all very professional and as a direct result of them I was promoted to squad leader. I did get my ass kicked by about 20 of them during a training event but then again, that was the point of it.
Those are supposedly very good Israeli units. Getting your ass kicked by them is no disgrace. I've never heard/read a bad thing said about the Royal Marines.
 

DasBoot

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How has no one mentioned the Royal Marine fascination with nudity in all manner of inappropriate times and places?
Or the lengths that they’ll go to for ‘gay chicken’ literally anywhere? I’m telling you- they’re the apex predator on the ‘fucked up stuff food chain’. It makes our own marines look like the Air Force in comparison... 😎

SFSG/Paras are the most sexually ambiguous wild men on the planet. Rangers do some gay shit for laughs... those dudes make us look like Westboro Baptist.
 

Devildoc

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I've worked with the Spanish Navy, Spanish Navy Marines, Royal Marines, Maldovia Army EOD, Iraqi Army, and various IDF units. Each had its positives and negatives.

Highlights: The Royal Marines had an awesome O course with livefire mixed in. Was made extra difficult on the mornings following nights of out drinking those wankers.

IDF were mostly Sayeret Egoz, and Duvdevan. They were all very professional and as a direct result of them I was promoted to squad leader. I did get my ass kicked by about 20 of them during a training event but then again, that was the point of it.
I have a friend, dual citizenship, was in Duvdevan. One of the best pistol shooters I have ever seen/known. Amazing unit.
 
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