Our Military Is In Bad Shape

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An article printed in 2004 by U.S. Navy Captain (Ret.) John Byron listed four reasons why our military was in bad shape. The question is: how is it today?

Although the military may have had its ups and downs since 2004, it is definitely in bad shape now.

Perhaps it begins at the top. Fred Ferreira, a policy analyst with Concerned Veterans for America, recently penned an article entitled, “The Pentagon Needs To Be Audited”. His reasoning was two-fold:

first, it forces the department to better steward taxpayers’ resources, and second, it has been a legal requirement for close to 20 years. Every single department in the federal government has passed an audit, with the exception of the Department of Defense. It has enjoyed the unique position of not being forced to perform an audit of its books.

This fact cannot be understated: the Pentagon is in violation of federal law!

Justin Johnson, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) put forth “5 Reasons the US Military Is in Trouble“. And all five are very specific.

These two reports are the tip of the iceberg.

Now here are two hot topics from many that make many military service members and veterans cringe.

Gender Diversity

Brig. Gen. Christopher M. Short, commander of the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, opined in February, 2016, that too many of the pilots of the Thunderbirds, premier showcase of the Air Force, were “too white”! He said,

I am lacking the depth in talent we’ve seen in previous years and I am lacking in diversity of gender, ethnicity and [aircraft] background.

Does anyone really believe no one but the best pilots available are currently flying the Thunderbirds? Who cares what their gender, race, or most any other characteristic is? Besides, there is more news: Rand is reporting that military pilots are being targeted for hire by major airlines to replace their “aging workforce” – and they don’t care about gender inequality!

Crackdown on Christianity

On April 3, 2016, Air Force veteran Senior Master Sgt. Oscar Rodriguez, Jr. was assaulted and forcibly removed from Air Force Master Sergeant Charles Roberson’s retirement ceremony for mentioning “God” in his remarks.

Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), continues his attack on Christianity in the military. Two years ago, he demanded that the Air Force Academy remove the words “so help me God” removed from the cadet Honor Code.

Unfortunately, he continues his march with success. Earlier this year Weinstein
forced the removal of a bible from from a POW/MIA display inside VA clinic. And in June, a couple of months later, he had Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin disinvited from a prayer breakfast being held at Fort Riley as part of the 1st Infantry Division’s “Victory Week.”

Not cool at all!

There are other issues. But two reports are important: women now being permitted to join all combat military units and the Pentagon deciding to allow transgenders  to serve openly. Neither of these topics are good policy changes for the military and these reports justify how detrimental they are.

“We the people” need to contact our senators and respectively tell them what we think about it and do our best to convince them that changes need to be made!

So do it now!

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]