Does not make direct decisions in combat. Can make decisions of a go no go on special ops. But is never in the weeds on combat decisions, I also was in Iraq first when we crossed on d day. Again for Fallujah II Situations on the ground required a change of tactics not who was president.Mobilization authority doesn't change the fact that potus can, and does make direct decisions in combat. I was in Iraq the day Obama took office, the ROE changed at that moment. I was part of the Afghanistan pull out and again got to see the result of direct command authority of $h!t presidential input.
Nope, I'm now in the air force. A conventional forces unit.
Now all other points you mentioned are saying exactly the same things I said.
And thank you for your service!
Pull outs are always gaggles no matter the war or who is president. The pull out from Korea was a mess, from Vietnam it was a boondoggle, Carter was not flying the bird with dust in the air filter or the other bird that clipped it. Reagan armed the Taliban, Trump made a deal with them, and Biden did not draw up the tactics for the pull out. The blame falls on the Generals the true commanders.
Thank you for your continued service and stay safe. Waugh!