OK, its been long enough when this posts so I shouldn't be spoiling the show for anybody (got a lot of crap on FaceBook tonight for commenting on the show and spoiling it for others). In tonight's episode we are introduced to the character of "The Governor". A guy in charge of another group of survivors living in a town called Woodbury somewhere in Georgia. On the surface he seems to be a protecting leader of his people, but after finding Michonne and Andrea and "escorting" them to his town for questioning you begin to sense something is sinister with him. In short, at the end he and his group (to include now one armed Merle from Season 1) ambush and kill a small convoy of National Guard troops they discover through a downed UH-1 pilot (which it is shown at the end the Governor kills and beheads) and loot weapons.
My question is this....where the hell was the security?!?!?
In the Army you never sit around without somebody pulling security. Even in garrison you always have a phone or some other post manned 24/7 (CQ duty) "just in case" something happens. In the field you normally never have less than 25-50% of your people pulling security on the rest, depending on the activity and expected enemy contact. Hell, you are supposed to even bring a pal to "watch your back" (not back side) while taking a bravo mike in a cat hole. But what do we see here in the show, nada, nothing, nil. In the show the Governor drives right up to the gate where these troops are apparently lounging in and around their trucks, talks to and then shoots the corporal(?) in charge, and its then shown that his followers have moved into open positions (spaced way too close together) and shoot the troops who barely react other than to fall over. That shit was way wrong....
Check this out....
See how those Marines are pulling both on and off vehicle security while at a halt. Any halt more than a few minutes (and that with 360 degree observation maintained) should result in a security halt where vehicles face out or in mutually supporting positions, in defilade or "hull down" positions against direct fire preferably. Dismount elements should be dispatched as needed to provide additional coverage and observation of dead space or likely avenues of approach.
Security...its so damn basic of a concept its drilled into every infantryman while in training at Ft. Benning when doing patrolling that anytime you stop you drop to a knee, go prone, get behind a tree or at least get behind your ruck and face out and observe and protect the group. Every single TA (training aid) or field reference card about operations has security somewhere on it.
You would think at least ONE person working on the show would have some military experience that they would notice this and make it look at least somewhat believable. But then again, this is the show that now uses CGI for weapons affects to, so what should I really expect.
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