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MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMIES DESTROYING TRADITIONS, LOWERING STANDARDS

Lord we pray for all of our men and women in the armed forces. We pray for the next generation of our military to be trained well and able to protect our country.

A few years ago after my 30-year reunion at the U.S. Air Force Academy, I wrote several articles regarding the changes at our nation’s service academies — changes not for the better. One couldn’t help but be shocked by the lack of discipline, the lowering of standards, and the destruction of traditions that had held officer trainees in good standing for decades, if not centuries.

The situation has not gotten any better, and, in many ways, it is getting worse.

Hundreds of cadets and graduates reached out, agreeing with my critique. Many wrote clandestinely, including current cadets who were afraid of retribution from our military’s leadership.

It’s not just the griping of an aging alumni. The quality of the men and women our service academies graduate has a direct impact on our national security, every bit as much as the quality of our weapons or the strength of our industrial base.

For a long-ago graduate, the removal of training for “attention to detail” is the most shocking thing one encounters.

As freshman or “Doolies,” we learned that the purpose of instruction at the Air Force Academy was to “lay the foundation early in the cadet’s career for the development of those qualities of character and discipline which will be expected of an officer. These qualities must be so deeply instilled that no stress or strain will erase them.”

This was a set of skills forged in fire during a year of extreme stress and pressure, a critical time in which a young teenager was transformed into a man or woman capable of leading troops in battle, handling complex tasks efficiently, and dealing with massive levels of responsibility.

Today, our academies have become essentially UCLA in uniforms. The discipline is gone, possibly irrevocably.

In addition, the academies are well on their way to “feminizing” the institutions. They routinely advertise a higher and higher percentages of female enrollment. Why? Is the goal a perfectly balanced, 50/50 military? Will that outcome better our chances of winning wars?

Sadly, it will not. Men are simply stronger than women. That is not discrimination or misogynistic; it is a fact. The admission of more and more women has led to a reduction in physical and mental standards, which leads to a reduction in the quality of soldiers in the field. Yes, women can and do serve admirably in our military, but they are not as effective in many front-line positions….

Even more worrisome, our academies have become petri dishes for the social justice agenda, not training real warriors….

Social justice is not a military function. Training social justice warriors is not what our military academies should be doing….

As Napoleon so famously said, “Victory on the battlefield begins with the shine on a boot.”

(Excerpt from The Washington Times article by L. Todd Wood.)

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2 Replies to “MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMIES DESTROYING TRADITIONS, LOWERING STANDARDS”

  1. Transparency: male, cauc, straight,
    USAFA grad (even before author L. Todd Wood above), physician(at courtesy & expense of USAF, for which I am most grateful).
    Been looking for decades for the secret sauce in which I was to be basted by USAFA that justified the expense of my education (now $650,000 per year per cadet, Yes you read it correctly) and give me that edge which would propel me to heights of leadership in the military and beyond. Guess what? I am still looking.
    It is true that dozens of my brave classmates, friends and acquaintances from that period gave their last full measure of devotion in the SEA theater whose architect, McNamara, to his credit, described on his deathbed as the most colossal mistake in United States Foreign policy history! Many, many more USAF casualties of ROTC birth than USAFA were killed in that tragic and deeply flawed concept perpetuated by succeeding hopelessly delusional senior leaders.
    There is no data to show that USAFA grads are any more likely than ROTC grads to do a full 20 year career, or make Bird Colonel or go to grad school or to became a leader of any kind in any field. (Even if there is Data, you’ll never see it) For the folks of my era, the best predictor of making General was if your daddy already was one!
    I know a kid who just got an ROTC scholarship for his last two years of college. The scholarship is generous and covers his nut well, but it is way less than Six hundred Gs.
    Just think of the kids struggling with impossible college costs from which they may never recover. Military academies were a great idea in the 19th century. They are no longer useful and are the best examples of government waste. Your representatives in Congress love the military academies. They pay off their political debts by appointing favored offspring to military academies through an elaborate charade suggesting that others are involved in the process…government corruption at its best.
    Military academies need to be repurposed.Troubled adolescents( addicted, found anywhere close to gun, any kind of sexual violence, vandalism, shoplifting, suspicion of gang activity, add your own deviant behavior) should spend 90 days “at the academy” getting worked up (physical/ mental health, learning disabilities, social determinants of health and well being) and put back on track starting with genetic testing. Absolute determination of biological parents is now as easy as a cheek swab. The next question they get to ask is: “Why have you been unable or unwilling to provide for my health and well being and what are you going to do about it now?”Theyball sit down to discuss the answers. People will Squawk!
    Let them squawk! But now, your hard earned tax dollars are going straight to the heart of our problems instead of another hopelessly delusional program of some pimp elected to office as a “public servant”.
    Where I live, if you are a 12 year old in a stolen car where there is a gun and illegal drugs, you will be back on the street in several hours even after a police chase because “incarceration “ doesn’t work. This is what emboldens young criminals, “you can’t touch me, I’m a juvenile.” Of course, incarceration alone doesn’t work to prevent repeat offenders. These magnificent facilities called Service Academies should be utilized to their fullest extent as diagnostic and treatment facilities for these youth who don’t know they are? Or what tribe they are from? and what their purpose in life is. THEY need these facilities and programs most. And they can go back as many times as needed!
    All the dedicated military leaders we need going forward will be just fine coming out of Ohio State or Ol’ Miss!

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