[August 31, 2018] Army Vet writes today about how the Secretary of the U.S. Army is considering a change in regulations to allow those who smoked marijuana into the army.
Join the Army, Smoke a Joint! It’s only a matter of time before the “pussy” senior leadership of the proud United States Army (the one that kicked butt at Bunker Hill, San Juan Hill, the Battle of the Bulge, and Inchon) decides its okay to smoke a joint and get high. Right now, as I write this screed, the U.S. Army’s Secretary Mark Esper is seriously considering allowing dopers into the army. Haven’t heard about this yet? Yeah, I know, these guys and gals aren’t supposed to use it ever again but we all know how this will end. The average young American man is a wussy at heart, lazy, self-centered, and has an oversexed, overrated, and entitled attitude.
Leaders are a model of clarity! Secretary Esper let it all out with the Army Times when he said, “I will deal with the issues as they come up, as I recognize them as issues.” Was that clear? Nope! Well now kiddies, I don’t know about you but I would like a little more specifics here and when it’s not there, I tend to err on the side of being a pessimist. For me? A marijuana-smoking doper is not someone I want behind a machine gun, driving a 70-ton tank, or flying an attack helicopter. Nor would I want to be around someone who did this in the past because as we all know, once a doper, always a doper. Yeah, look at the scientific studies on this and you will find that there is a deep physical and mental addiction to drugs in our culture and marijuana is the most used and abused.
Army Strong! Hogwash! The U.S. Army is going down the same route that other liberal institutions have gone. Recent cultural doper trends are embraced and cultivated. They do this to attract more recruits in the hope they will join and stay. News flash … the purpose of the U.S. Army is to defend the United States of America. They defend the nation in a variety of ways but it is a core principle never violated. It requires a strong, resilient, flexible army; one that is far superior to any other army of any country in the world today. Hey guys, even the army has recognized that its soldiers are weaker than expected and so now they are lengthening the basic training and making improved physical fitness and combatives a central part of that change. Senior army leaders have known for a while that potential recruits lack some of the basic toughness that they possessed only a generation ago.
I Want YOU for the US Army! This famous slogan came about in the middle of World War I; a real slugfest against a real evil empire with designs to crush freedom in Europe. Failure to properly deal with this resulted in an even bloodier World War II. Soldiers were tough and they came from everywhere and in all sizes and shapes. Today is a different world; richer, more advanced technologically, and more educated and yet at the same time less likely to meet entry requirements for the army. You would think that means people would be less likely to indulge in risky behaviors like voluntarily using mind-altering drugs. In this modern America, maybe we don’t want YOU for the US Army!
There’s a message here for those who want to be a real leader. Don’t be stupid too quickly. Think about cultural trends that should and should not become part of the U.S. Army because it’s cool and everybody’s doing it. Mind-altering drugs of any kind should never be part of the soldier’s daily life. It was for some during the Vietnam War and the results weren’t pretty.
Hey! Have a great Labor Day 2018.