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In the retirement community where I live, I frequently have breakfast with some of my fellow “old warhorses”. This week, one of my friends, a grizzled old sergeant major brought in two articles he had just run across. At first, we thought they were merely internet hoaxes. Sadly, they were not.
It has been announced by the Secretary of the Army that a draft policy change is underway that will allow CONUS-based soldiers to transfer if they feel that state or local laws discriminate against them based on gender, sex, religion, race, or pregnancy. According to the draft policy, the only thing needed for a transfer would be for a “soldier” to declare that a certain state/locality is “too racist, too homophobic, too sexist or otherwise discriminatory to be able to live there safely and comfortably”. (Note: The Army has always had a “Compassionate Transfer” policy but only for a limited number of reasons.)
Since many (if not most) of the Army’s major installations are in the Deep South or “Old Confederacy”, we went around the table naming them. We came up with Texas (Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Sam Houston), Louisiana (Fort Polk), Alabama (Fort Rucker), Georgia (Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield), South Carolina (Fort Jackson), and North Carolina (Fort Bragg). Along the periphery, we added Oklahoma (Fort Sill) and Kentucky/Tennessee (Fort Knox and Fort Campbell).
Now, virtually all of these states can be termed as Conservative. Will this new policy become the rationale for the wholesale shuffle of personnel who whine that they are being discriminated against? Has the Department of the Army even considered this?
Under this deranged policy, it is conceivable that the units in these installations could become mostly white, straight, and male. Is this what the Army has come to?
To those of us around the table, we came from an Army whose mottos of “Duty, Honor, Country” and “This We’ll Defend” were taken to heart. Yes, there were installations (such as Fort Polk) that we dreaded being assigned to. However, that was just part of being a soldier; suck it up; be a man. If we had a complaint, we were usually told to “take it to the Chaplain and have him punch your T.S. Card”.
Almost as disturbing was the second article showing that the Army is carrying on its books the equivalent of 13 brigades worth of non-deployable soldiers. (Over 58,000 troops.) The Military Times article stated that these soldiers are on temporary and permanent medical profiles preventing them from fully performing their duties. No doubt there are some soldiers who are still rehabbing war injuries and accidents. However, it appears that the bulk of these non-performers is composed of those who have “poor sleep habits, obesity and overuse injuries”. How can this be? How can an army have so many bodies that are either unable or unwilling to fight?
For the Army, it’s time to clean house. When a soldier (male or female) is consistently unable to perform their duty, it should be mandatory that they be separated from the service. They are not only a waste of money; they endanger this nation.
I had to chuckle when I read that PACAF commander General Kenneth Wilsbach stated that “The Army must ‘step up’ to protect Guam and other Pacific air bases”. How can the Army perform missions such as this when so many troops are unable to perform their duties?
I suppose that was a rhetorical question. All of us know the answer. It is a complete lack of leadership starting with President Biden and running through SECDEF Austin to CJCS Milley and CSA McConville. On their watch, the Army’s readiness has slipped dangerously to the point where the security of the entire nation is threatened.
General George S. Patton Jr. would have never tolerated this, not to mention his superiors Dwight Eisenhower and George Marshall. They would have resigned before being involved in the situation we have today. All of these men had integrity; none of today’s leaders know the meaning of the word. It is extremely unfortunate that they mistake “wokeness” for leadership. All of us will pay the price for it.Published in