[June 11, 2020] When the U.S. Army does something crazy, expect Army Vet to be there and call them out for it. He’s done it before (just search my blog under “Army Vet”) and he does it again today. The U.S. Army, and shortly other services, will be renaming their bases because many are named after Confederate Generals from the U.S. Civil War. Army Vet says they are CRAZY for using political correctness ideology and doing so to advance their personal careers.
I love American more than any other country and for that reason I insist on criticizing our military relentlessly and mercilessly but with affection in my heart. The Army of today has no place for moral courage. When Army leaders lose their moral courage to do what is right in the face of a feel-good political agenda or some currently fashionable idea, they have embraced a way forward that destroys our fighting strength and puts our soldiers and America at an unacceptable risk. Sadly, they know there will be negative repercussions for their actions. Our soldiers become cannon fodder to be thrown away. This is the very definition of moral cowardice.
Long ago I read about foot soldiers running away during battles of the Civil War. Our leaders are doing the same but are praised for their ‘insights’ and ‘compassion.’ Here is my message to Army leaders … put on your big-boy pants, and focus on what makes our Army the best it can be. I know you don’t care about losing the respect of those who serve because your career is not based upon the little people. But, please show some balls for a change. Sheesh!
Late last night, I had the pleasure of speaking with one of my former Sergeants Majors, one who spent more than a decade total in combat from Korea to Vietnam. We discussed the many things he now sees in today’s army and what has been his biggest fear about our Army’s senior leaders. He calls them the parade deck Army. This old NCO told me that today’s leader is more concerned with navigating the bureaucracy than learning field craft, combat tactics, gaining leadership experience with other soldiers, and simple person-to-person social skills. Those junior soldiers have been forgotten or completely disregarded.
We spoke about how senior Army leaders no longer look at combat from the junior NCO approach and instead make decisions based on what best reflects upon themselves and their senior commanders. Now they preach a path of political correctness in order to obtain promotion; checking assignment boxes, ignoring unit or leader deficiencies, following an ever-shifting program because to do anything else means death to their career.
This is the new parade deck Army, where administrative formations are held and soldiers march in step and where the value of a unit is judged on the amount of on-line courses its men have completed. Lessons from the last two wars of the war on terrorism are being erased and replaced with gobbledygook field manuals written by someone who has never set foot in a combat zone.
The old PC thinking was at one time ridiculed and largely ignored. This is, sadly, no longer the case. Politically correct ideology is our peacetime Army where there is no room for camouflage paint, in-depth battle studies, and learning about how to avoid booby-traps, mines, and enemy ambushes. In the new Army there is only room for yes-men who will do anything to preserve their own retirement and win medals.
Moral courage is lost in today’s army and this comes from the top; Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy. Army generals are becoming more and more like the ‘wussies’ joining the U.S. Army with their mental breaks, freak-outs, and do-nothing careers. Like I always say, what the hell is going on? We need our Army to be a kick-ass organization; one that can close with the enemy to crush them like a cockroach.