Colonel, United States Army, Retired—A true Hero

dJanuary 5, 2015

We The People:

Throughout my time, I served under great senior leaders, but today we see colonels and generals being court martialed for using their commands as their personal harems and private piggy banks – and getting slapped on the wrist where junior soldiers would find themselves locked up.

Senior commanders who nearly lost the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were promoted while enlisted warfighters found themselves roasted over the coals by office-dwelling weasels for decisions made in the heat of battle.

There’s a saying you sometimes hear – lose a rifle and lose a rank, but lose a war and win another star. Sadly, there’s a great deal of truth to it. The bad apples are the exception, not the rule, but allowing them to escape nearly unscathed sets a new, and lower, standard.

As the wars come to a close, a chicken stuff garrison mentality has started to creep back into the force. Look at its new priorities. The Army cries about being overworked and out of cash, but it chooses to spend precious training time and taxpayer money photographing its soldiers’ tattoos so they can’t get new ones because, well, damned if I know.

This kind of degrading, foolish waste sends morale plummeting. So those guys with tatts were heroes when we needed them on the battlefield, but they came home and somehow morphed into dirtbags? Give me a break.

You read about generals bemoaning how the American people are removed and remote from their military, the proverbial civil/military divide, but then these same generals turn around and ensure that during the one time American citizens used to get to interact with our young troops they now can’t.

I would fly in my camo uniform up to drill in Sacramento every month – yeah, being a reservist cost me about $600 a month for flights, a car and a room, which is surprisingly common among our dedicated citizen-soldiers.

But then last March, the geniuses at the Pentagon decided that flying in ACUs didn’t look pretty and changed the uniform regulation to prohibit it with limited exceptions. Remember how troopers used to walk through airports and feel the appreciation of the American people?

That’s mostly over. Maybe the brass was afraid that – God forbid – a civilian might buy one of our warfighters a Coors. There’s your peacetime Army mentality – it’s easier to ban the whole thing than risk a minor “incident.”

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