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wmbrew0206 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-30-08 10:11 AM
Response to Reply #52
55. To answer your post
1. The US military did not have anything to do with the Patriot Act.

2. You are partly right here. We do train as we fight. Here we are training to fight in a real world urban setting that cannot be imitated by a MOUNT facility in the middle of a base. I would also point out, that this is a MEU (SOC) training event. The MEU's have to be able to meet a bunch of different missions that a normal unit deploying to Iraq does not, ie evacuating an embassy (NEO) or doing humanitarian assistance. This ups the require for realistic training because a MEU could literally be the only US force in a country or region for 15 to 30 days.

3. Ft Irwin, Ft Polk and 29 Palms can only host so many exercises a year effectively. Also, you run into the same problems I mentioned above namely, the MOUNT facilities would have to be huge and expensive to build, when they are built they lack realism, (they just Concrete and CMU block buildings, with no interiors) and if you have been there before you know what to expect.
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