Join Together With the Band(s)? *

I am a great fan of martial music, particularly of the live sort. Friday afternoon parades at VMI hold a special place in my memory. However, I concur that we might be able to re-purpose some of the nearly half-billion dollars the DOD spends on military bands:

From their humble origins in the American Revolution’s fife-and-drum corps, the U.S. military’s musical ventures have grown to include thousands of service members and at least 137 bands — some of whose members are outfitted with $11,000 flutes and $12,000 tubas. That has placed them in the crosshairs of lawmakers who say it makes no sense to lavish this kind of money on music when the Pentagon is scaling back combat troops.

Readiness comes first.

* For you philistines who don’t get the reference

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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4 Responses to Join Together With the Band(s)? *

  1. Mike Burke '73 says:

    Hm. half a billion–about 50% of the cost of one F-35? Let’s start with the size of congressional staffs first.


  2. DaveO says:

    Let’s start with the F-35 first. Then look at the civilian bloat in the Pentagon. Read today that DoD has 3 million people. At least half of them are in a closed-loop system dedicated to the care and feeding of the bureaucracy and divorced from warfare functions.


  3. vmijpp says:

    I made an inquiry today and was told that the dollar figure quoted above would fund the 1500-man Marine Embassy Security Guard program for about 5 years. Not an inconsequential sum.

    Although I’m also in favor of cutting Congressional staves.


  4. keydet1976 says:

    Any suggestion of cutting a band immediately causes some general officer to have a sudden issue with their heart.


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