Relax, soldier, and put your rifle down – too much aggression is a no-no in our army

Dunno what sort of army we are building.

But we have cause to wonder on reading (here) –

Officer was ‘too aggressive’

Oh dear.

Hope this doesn’t mean we want an army of cream puffs, recruited from the ranks of the greens and lefties.

The officer – a Major Craig Wilson – was wounded in Baghak in Afghanistan during a battle in which two soldiers died in Afghanistan.

The major was in Afghanistan with the provincial reconstruction team having served in the country before as an officer commanding the SAS detachment that included Victoria Cross winner Corporal Willie Apiata.

He was sent back to Afghanistan with the PRT in April 2012 when Bamiyan’s security situation was at its most tense. He was injured and corporals Durrer and Malone killed in a battle on August 4 outside the village of Baghak.

Major Wilson had earlier been singled out in a report from a military intelligence mentor supervising pre-deployment training.

The report, obtained by the Herald, warned commanders of an “aggressive, war-fighting posture” which stemmed from Major Wilson, the officer in command. The report quoted one person as saying: “The OC wants to turn Bamiyan into a more war-fighting role.”

The report criticised training in the “bait and hook” technique – a tactic Major Wilson trained in while with the SAS – which uses a handful of soldiers to lure the enemy into an ambush by a larger force.

The Herald tells us it understands questions around leadership and the training for the deployment to Afghanistan are part of a Court of Inquiry investigation into the battle.

It doesn’t tell us where an aggressive bloke can get a job if the Army doesn’t want him.

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