Leave The Grunts Behind

Intel-Dump comments on that simultaneously depressing and hilarious video of US soldiers trying to train Iraqis to do jumping jacks:

For me, this reinforces why classic Foreign Internal Defense ("FID") missions focus on the elite units in a foreign country's security forces. It's just too hard to reform all of the educational, economic, civic and societal systems necessary to raise the lowest common denominator for general purpose forces or conscripts in a 3rd World country. It takes years to make meaningful improvements in these areas, and doing so is far beyond the capabilities of any advisory strategy. At best, maybe you can raise the bar for a few elite units through training, equipping and advising, and only if you field good advisers with the right resources and strategy.