Standards Are Ancient History

Two stories on the destruction of our military that began under Obama and continues with his maggoty leavings.

First off, our Navy. We’ve come a long way from the Great White Fleet (can a sailor say that anymore?) or even the Navy of 1945. Theoretically, we’ve gotten more knowledge. Better technology. But the ships can’t be steered and apparently 48,000 sailors can’t pass the Physical Fitness Test (48,000!).

That’s just precious. Our Navy doesn’t need the LCS, it needs to put down that Snickers bar and run the decks.

The second story concerns the Green Berets. Like Ranger School being changed to accommodate a political constituency (oh, not for the men – they still get to embrace the suck)(can a soldier say that anymore?), it ain’t sh*t to become a Green Beret these days.

At one time, before January 2009, “standard” was defined as the minimum acceptable level of accomplishment for a task. Did the standards make sense? In the case of the Army Physical Fitness Test I can attest that I never did run 2 miles, situps or pushups combat in Afghanistan in 2004. The Marines added a second PFT that to my eyes was tied to combat tasks, which had standards. After January 2009, standard was redefined away from tasks that make up a combat capability into a something akin to stacking the deck with political supporters. Historically, and we can go through wars all the way back to the Peloponnesian War, politically correct (politically loyal to one party or faction at the cost to the entire polity) armies are destroyed along with the city/nation states they nominally defend. But, like our Navy being able to sail and Green Berets being the best of the best, that’s all ancient history.


About DaveO

Retired soldier, micro-farmer, raconteur and pet owner from the great state of Oklahoma. Wandered in as a frequent commenter and have been enjoying blogging ever since.
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