BMG (2478)

The powers that be have finally gone full-stupid on this one.

This is a new sexy term you may never have heard before, BOTG-BDA or boots on the ground battle damage assessment. In layman’s terms it means physically sending troops into a post-detonation site to put eyeballs on the damage. When this is done in war zones like Afghanistan, it is understandable why troops cringe at the mentioning of boots on the ground BDA.

True story, winter of 2009 in northwestern Afghanistan, it was a patrol like every other patrol before. CRP, combat reconnaissance patrol or as our team referred to it as trolling for a TIC (troops in contact). Our plan was very simple in its design, pick a route for our patrol into a village or area where we know the Taliban was operating and wait for them to shoot at us. Pretty cut and dry process.