Has the U.S. Army gone bonkers?, Part 2

Sixteen West Point Cadets pose with raised fists.

Over the last four years, news reports have revealed the U.S. Army is not in tune with the rest of the U.S. The following stories add to those listed in Part 1 all of which substantiate this statement and indicate that the Army has indeed gone bonkers.

4.  West Point Investigating Photo Of Black Cadets With Raised Fists

The Army Times printed an article on May 5, 2016, that showed a picture of a sixteen Black Cadets with their fists raised as they posed in front of a barracks located at U.S. Military Academy, known as West Point. The picture was part of their actions of “recreating “old corps” photos, or the black-and-white photos of graduates past.”

However, the raised fist has been in the news for months now as being associated with Black Lives Matter, “an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence toward black people.“

Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker, West Point’s director of public affairs, released a statement via email saying, “We can confirm that the cadets in this photo are members of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016.”

John Burk, an Army veteran who served in the Iraq War, said in his blog, “This overt display of the black lives matter movement is not, in itself wrong, but to do so while in uniform is completely unprofessional and not in keeping with what the USMA stands for, and as well as violating the DOD directive 1344.10 which states:

“-A member of the Armed Forces on active duty may:
4.1.1.3. Join a partisan or nonpartisan political club and attend its meetings when NOT iN uniform, subject to the restrictions of subparagraph 4.1.2.4. (See DoD Instruction 1334.1 (Reference (c).)

“-A member of the Armed forces shall not:
-4.1.2.12. Display a partisan political sign, poster, banner, or similar device visible to the public at one’s residence on a military installation, even if that residence is part of a privatized housing development.”

Sue Fulton, a graduate of West Point and former captain, now serves as the first female West Point graduate to be the chairman of the academy’s Board of Visitors.

Fulton has admitted she knows some of the women personally. “I would not have re-tweeted the raised-fist photo because I am well aware that our culture views a black fist very differently from a white fist…Unfortunately, in their youth and exuberance, it appears they didn’t stop to think that it might have any political context, or any meaning other than their own feeling of triumph.”

And she criticized Burk: “I am sorry that someone with a blog chose to display this one photo out of context, and to call them racists.”

The question is: “Is it really out of context?” If the sole purpose of these photographs by the cadets were indeed to pose for an “Old Corps photo, a long-held tradition at the Academy”, then this particular photo would never have been taken in the first place.

Jeff Edwards, a Marine veteran and now blogger, said in his article entitled, These Officers and Leaders Will Regret This Picture 20 Years From Now, “Ladies, what if rather than a fist in the air you had a hand extended outwards saying come join me?” And he concluded with, “Are you an activist college student or a leader of men and women in uniform?  The mattering of lives depends on it and I pray that you choose wisely.  The older version of yourself may not treat the younger version so kindly othewise.”

It should be noted that as of May 11, 2016, no charges have been made against these sixteen graduating cadets, although “making such a highly charged political statement while in uniform is a clear violation of the United States Code of Military Justice, and they should have been brought up on charges.”

And Burk ended his comments with very appropriate words to the rest of us: “Are these the type of “leaders” you want moving down to the line and leading your sons and daughters, graduates with an agenda?”

Hooah!

5. Army forces ROTC cadets to wear high heels.

In April, 2014, Army ROTC cadets at Arizona State University participated in an optional “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes”. Unfortunately, it became manditory in 2015. The purpose of this exercise was to demonstrate their disapproval of “rape culture”. And this was no April Fools joke.

As one pundit stated charitably, it’s “freaking insane!”

To make matters worse, cadets knew that if they didn’t participate, their efficiency rating wound be dinged, thereby preventing them “from being selected to go on active duty rather than receiving a 90-day active duty for training billet and moved into the Guard or Reserve.”

In addition, the cadets had to purchase their “new shoes”. However, it’s against “Army Regulations to require soldiers to buy items of clothing for wear while on duty.” In other words, the whole thing should never happened in the first place since it violated army regs.

Go figure!

6. Documents Reveal US Army Indoctrinated Soldiers on Dangers of ‘White Privilege’.

Judicial Watch (JW) is a “conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law.”

On March 9, 2016, JW released a report revealing in April 2015, that “400 soldiers in the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, Georgia, were subjected to a “white privilege” briefing, including a PowerPoint presentation instructing the attendees: “Our society attaches privilege to being white and male and heterosexual …”. In other words, they learned “it doesn’t matter what social class you come from.”

Yes, it seems that instead of being trained to hate our enemies, our soldiers were being taught to hate the different races with whom they serve!

In a news release, Tom Fitton, president of JW, said, “Outrageous — that is the only word to describe this type of raw racist indoctrination…the Obama administration undermines the morale of our military with morally repugnant ‘equal opportunity training’ that makes many soldiers feel unwelcome because they are the wrong sex, race, religion or aren’t part of a politically correct group.”

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said in the August 2015 presidential debate,
“The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things. It’s not to transform the culture by trying out some ideas that some people think would make us a different country and more diverse.”

Most active duty military and veterans will wholeheartedly agree with the governor’s statement!

And, yes, perhaps the Army really is going bonkers. And that’s a shame!!!

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]