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Are the reasons that the NG is downsizing because they are having trouble getting enough members?
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MacGregor was the brains behind the Brigade Combat Team and the Battalion Combat Team.
I understand that some credit MacGregor for the current BCT construct but MacGregor himself denies that. I've heard (read/seen video) of him saying the current BCTs are a corruption of his original idea and are, in his words, "Tinkering on the margins."

Point taken regarding the rest of your post about Louisiana and Texas NG.
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Are the reasons that the NG is downsizing because they are having trouble getting enough members?
Some Guard units like Infantry can be a few people short, but the further you get away from the shooting, the better the chance the unit is over strength! Military Intelligence and State HQ Historical units are VERY popular.

I can't vouch for every state, but Louisiana never had trouble getting people to join the Guard. One of the main reasons is the Louisiana National Guard offers to pay all college tuition for members. The main reason for downsizing is the Pentagon figures out how many units and missions are assigned to each state's Guard. This gives the Army the perfect excuse to cut Reserve and Guard units and blame Congress and the budget. For as long as I can remember, the Army would cut the Guard Budget knowing full well that Congress would put the money back in. This Sequestrian stuff is confusing everybody and often times the Guard cuts are not put back in the budget anymore.

A while back in less financially stringent times, Louisiana raised a third Infantry Battalion. It was not attached to the 256th Mechanized Brigade and may have actually been a Leg Infantry unit. After several years the Pentagon told us to eliminate it.

Some states are having trouble recruiting for their Guard units. Many states do not offer free college tuition or other perks. Alaska and Puerto Rico once had thriving units with many recruits. Guard Pay was a welcome addition to many families there. Since then, the Army has cut back on them, accusing them of having too much drug and alcohol abuse. It is not that the Army did not know Alaskan Indians did not have Alcohol problems for years. I am not really sure what the problem in Puerto Rico is. The Navajo also have large numbers of reservation residents in the Guard/Reserve there. Some states up North have their young adults move away to find work or schooling. You can't belong to the old New York Guard unit where you grew up if you live in Texas now...

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If the National Guard gets four maneuver battalions in each Group, I am willing to listen. This would however mean raising new formations. I also don't see why you need a Brigadier General to run it. A Colonel should be able to do so with his XO and the Battalion Commanders being Lieutenant Colonels. Too often we see "reorganizations" which ask for more senior officers to lead fewer men. Isn't it time we train officers to command a unit at least one grade above their job? We also need to get more officers out of offices and into the field training with the troops. Their are too many chairborne commandos sitting in offices trying to get to 20 years service.

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I always admired the 'Beach Masters' often around the Captain mark, both navy and army. Both wearing Khaki, but the navy bods had there seagoing caps on and they were among the first to land, with the job of immediately trying to sort out the confusion of masses of men with little idea where to go or what to do (except to get off the beach ) while under withering mortar and M/gun fire, many of them died in their efforts. lcm1
Yes, I loved the stoicism that was portrayed through the 'beach master' in 'The Longest Day' - "Get off my beach, you are attracting enemy fire, and it is upsetting my dog - come on, Winston".
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