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2013-11-15 Arabia
Qatar to make military service compulsory for 4 months
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Posted by Steve White 2013-11-15 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [398 views ]  Top

#1 Hat tip to the Qataris. Four months is a damn site more that the vast majority of our own politicians have spent in boots.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-11-15 03:34||   2013-11-15 03:34|| Front Page Top

#2 Four months?

Four months will get you people who can pull a trigger usually in the right direction and march to their end as cannon fodder. Six months will get you some more abilities but still in the cannon fodder category. However, better than just shoving a gun into someone's hand and sending them off to die. To make a soldier to modern western standards takes about two years if you don't want to go through the more traditional Darwin 'let god sort them out' elimination process.
Posted by Procopius2k 2013-11-15 07:51||   2013-11-15 07:51|| Front Page Top

#3 Yeah, but isn't it better than expecting Americans to fight for them?
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2013-11-15 12:07||   2013-11-15 12:07|| Front Page Top

#4 Four months?
They propose building a sustainable industry of clothing, housing, feed, transportation, logistics and something of a civilian defense force in a 16 week boot camp. It's also establishing a marker for registering all males of jihadi age without really training them.
Posted by Skidmark 2013-11-15 12:54||   2013-11-15 12:54|| Front Page Top

#5 Four months? Someone who is or has been in a western military will have to educate me on this, but I don't think you get much of a soldier in four months...

Maybe they're getting the PLO training course. They could hire the Taliban to provide military instruction, since the Qatari government has allowed the Talibs to establish an office there.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2013-11-15 19:28||   2013-11-15 19:28|| Front Page Top

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