11 Comments on "CSM’s To Do List"

  1. Not enough grass inspections on that list

  2. CSM stands for Can't Seriously Matter!! Some of these guys think they are generals! I had one tell me he was 3d in command of a division! CSMs aren't in command of anything! They are senior advisors to the commander about enlisted matters! Some are pretty good others are just idiotic. We had one get kicked out of Iraq because he was compromising missions to get him and his PSD shot at to get their CABs! Dangerous idiot!! Others were relieved for sleeping w/ their female drivers (3ID). They are supposed to rid w/ the Commander but fanagle a vehicle, driver and other syncophants for his "office"!

  3. You forgot to put in there tell the commander what a bad decision he just made (behind closed doors of course).

    Unfortunately, I have to agree with John D, I am ashamed of many CSMs these days. They have become the uniform police and are the 1st to argue that we need to get back to a "garrison" army. Which is their comfort zone. An army should train to win on the battlefield period dot as my old commander used to say.

    j. CSM (ret)

  4. You forgot vehicle alignment in the motor pool, drip pan and tarp tie down inspection.

  5. And Reflective Belt inspection

  6. @leftoftheboom Too true! ****

  7. to which I can only add, "1600: Giving a new 2nd LT the patented CSM "Stare"…for a full 90 seconds."

  8. Just to introduce a little balance….there is C.Sgt.Maj. (recently deceased at the age of 92!) Basil Plumley….here's an excerpt from his obituary. "In the 2002 film version, Mel Gibson played Moore and Elliott played Plumley. Galloway said several of Elliott's gruff one-liners in the movie were things Plumley actually said, such as the scene in which a soldier tells the sergeant major good morning and is told: "Who made you the (expletive) weather man?"
    "Sam Elliott underplayed him. He was actually tougher than that," Galloway said. "He was gruff, monosyllabic, an absolute terror when it came to enforcing standards of training."
    That's not to say he was mean or inhuman, Galloway said. "This was a man above all else who had a very big, warm heart that he concealed very well."
    Plumley retired with the rank command sergeant major in 1974 at Fort Benning, his last duty station. He then took a civilian job doing administrative work for the next 15 years at Martin Army Community Hospital."
    Link: <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDAQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2 Fwww.tributes.com%2Fshow%2FBasil-L.-Plumley-94566782&ei=qN63UK7vD5LD0AHV-IDYCw&usg=AFQjCNHkEKUgAQnm4FqFxiWgKn2F5mJUug” target=”_blank”>http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&a…” target=”_blank”>Fwww.tributes.com%2Fshow%2FBasil-L.-Plumley-94566782&ei=qN63UK7vD5LD0AHV-IDYCw&usg=AFQjCNHkEKUgAQnm4FqFxiWgKn2F5mJUug

  9. My personal experience favorite: "Where's your PC!?", despite the fact that you're clearly returning from days of combat operations out in sector without much food, running water, or sleep. Now drop everything in the moon dust road dedicated to gator traffic; My 3-day pack, 240, EBR, M4, and full kit to dig through my bag and attempt to find it. Clean-up was filled with total awesomeness after this.

  10. I have met several CSM's, the one I respected enforced training and loved soldiers. He enforced training standards because he knew we were going into combat. Once we were in country, his main concern was for his soldiers. Not how they looked, but did they have what they needed to get the job done, morale, our health, etc. There was a shortage of 50 cals, we told him we needed them. He used his weight to get them and a dump truck full of ammo. He also went on ops so he knew what his men were dealing with. Then there is the other CSM I met. Iraq, 2004. We were doing hasty TCP's (traffic control points) looking for weapons and bad guys. 11 hour days in the 120 + degree sun and the always fun sniper rounds. We rolled into the FOB late one afternoon, we were at the clearing barrels. I was clearing my weapon, I had my sleaves rolled up two turns (did I mention it was over 120 degrees?) Guess who came around the corner and saw me clearing my weapon? He went nuts! I had to listen to him yell about uniform this and that for almost ten minutes. It must be nice to give out this kind of helpful advice to a soldier after you have just come out of the air conditoned BDOC. The nice thing about this CSM, we never saw him outside the wire!

  11. I've seen many high ranks doing nothing but paper work. Put a lprivate there and save money. Look at the E-8,E9 at Airforce One when the commander in Chief gets off the plane. A Sgt could do the same and save money. This country needs to stop the waste. Soldiers should be used for what there intended for. Fight wars,not sit around. A seasond war vet should be used to Guard the President not high ranking enlisted who may, or may not no how to fire a weapon from years of paper pushing. Get away from the showy type, and get down to reality. Namvet

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