This Ain’t Your Grandfather’s Armed Forces

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 11 months ago

Stars and Stripes:

The Army granted a West Point-educated officer a rare religious accommodation that will allow him to wear a beard and turban, requirements of his Sikh faith.

Capt. Simratpal Singh, 27, was granted the appearance waiver last week that will allow him to grow his beard and hair and wear a turban through at least Jan. 8, Debra S. Wada, the assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, wrote in a Dec. 9 letter. Singh is the fourth Sikh soldier in recent years to be granted such uniform exemptions.

Not to be outdone, the Marine Corps caved on females in combat after the pathetic Ashton Carter made it clear that the conclusion was done before the studies and bitching was ever started, and Commandant Robert Neller joined the chorus.

The top officer of the Marine Corps sent an unequivocal message to troops: It’s time to get behind the mandate to integrate women into combat units.

Gen. Robert Neller released a sternly worded video late Friday, a day after Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that all military jobs — including infantry and special forces positions — would be open to female troops by the start of next year.

The commandant tried to feign toughness when he said they are in danger of becoming Gucci gear people.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller is proving to be quite the quotable general.

His way with words was on display last week at the I/ITSEC (Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference) in Orlando, Florida, when he reportedly said, “We’ve allowed ourselves to become Gucci gear people.”

That was his way of saying that military gear has become overly complicated, according to Jen Judson, a reporter for Defense News who attended the show.

Blah, blah, blah, yawn, blah, blah blah.  Yea, that’s the problem and that’s the answer.  Gear.  And take it away and make them use second rate gear.  Good grief.  I’m unimpressed.

This ain’t your grandfather’s or father’s army or marines.  They’re a shell of what they once were, and destined to become worse.  And the Air Force is focused on how to stop their football team from praying before games.  If you had as your intent to destroy the armed forces of the U.S., what would you have done any differently?

The drill Sergeant and his discipline has no place any more.


Comments

  1. On December 21, 2015 at 7:53 am, Lina Inverse said:

    I’d have a lot more respect for that Sikh if he included the required dagger in his request, they are after all on the surface about the most militant major religion. But we know how insistent the Army is on keeping it’s men disarmed most of the time.

  2. On December 21, 2015 at 8:13 am, UNCLEELMO said:

    The road to hell is paved with good multicultural intensions.

  3. On December 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm, chrismalllory said:

    That road started being paved decades before Obama took power. Every president for the last 50 years has been a multiculturalist.

  4. On December 21, 2015 at 8:32 am, DAN III said:

    Mr. Smith,

    “This ain’t your grandfather’s or father’s army or marines. They’re a
    shell of what they once were, and destined to become worse.” Destined to become worse….sadly. I believe you are spot on with the aforementioned remark(s).

    The inclusion of females in EVERY military occupational specialty (MOS) is just more of the soetoro-obama legacy of being the most destructive individual to ever hold the office of POTUS.

    The “black boot” US Army I served in for many years is no longer. Political correctness is the mission of the US military. The Spirit of the Bayonet is long dead. With the inclusion of females in USMC and US Army combat arms….there will be nothing but mission failures and unnecessary deaths and wounds.

    Social justice. The mantra of Marxists and pushed/promoted by the anti-America thug ensconced in the West Wing and his multitude of supporters across the country.

    This nation, or what is left of it, is in DEEP trouble.

  5. On December 21, 2015 at 9:40 am, madoradataman said:

    I deplore the recent changes as much as anyone; but, what is the military leadership to do? They could speak out until they got fired, of course — and that is the ‘easy moral choice.” The NCA would just keep firing people until they got the compliance they wanted.

  6. On December 22, 2015 at 12:32 pm, William Munny said:

    Mr Smith, what exactly do you take issue with in regard to the story of the Sikh officer?

  7. On February 6, 2018 at 5:51 pm, Georgiaboy61 said:

    Re: “I deplore the recent changes as much as anyone; but, what is the military leadership to do? They could speak out until they got fired, of course — and that is the ‘easy moral choice.” The NCA would just keep firing people until they got the compliance they wanted.”

    That’s the rub of the matter. Since the political leaders of this country have proven incompetent to the task of running the armed forces, maybe it is time for new arrangements of some kind.

    A simple place to start might be with how flag/general officers are appointed. All are, in essence, political appointees since no one may ascend to that rank without being approved by Congress.

    I’m not entirely sure where I am going with this line of thought; just thinking that doing more of the same things which got us to this point won’t change anything. Einstein was entirely right about that, and he was also right when he quipped, “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

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