http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/19/AR2010021905294.html?hpid=topnews This is an excellent article which gives a great picture of life as a grunt. Although I'm an Army guy I have to say that institutionally the Marines have known this all along- while the Army has to relearn this lesson every generation. The soldiers of the Army's 82d, 101st and 10th Mtn Divisions and 173d Abn Bde know and have been living and fighting exactly this way in the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan for 8 years- but institutionally 10 years from now there will again be some genious talking in the War Colleges about a "revolution in military affairs" that will allow us to engage in "asymmetric warfare" or "netcentric warfare"- all of which will discount the resolve and resilience of a determined enemy, overstate the ability of our gadgets to determine the enemies intent and staying power, overemphasize CS and CSS services, and undervalue the requirement for hard, well trained grunts to physically seize and occupy the terrain. The Marines though will not have undervalued it or lessened their preparedness to deal with this reality of warfare. Semper Fi Marines!