This came into my email box from a former Marine who I hold in the highest regard. I don’t know where it originated, I just know I like it and agree with it ONE HUNDRED PERCENT! All of the reason listed are what is causing the destruction of our military. I fear, once it is gone, it will take years, if ever to bring back the Esprit de corps.
I fear for our country and the brave men and women who will still volunteer, because it is in the genes and blood. The deck is stacked against them with the new politically correct command structure.
This is worth reading and hits the nail on the head.
Subject: Where Have All The Fighter Pilots Gone?
Beginning with McNamara the powers that be decided to run the Air
Force like an 8 to 5 business. Warrior leaders of General LeMay‘s
stature were no longer to be found. The fundamental job of the
military, “kill people and break their things”, became seriously
hampered by “rules of engagement” whose guiding logic is political,
not successful combat. I agree with the author. If and when the US
military is defeated, it will be running the best Day Care centers in
the world. GCB.
We used to go to the Officers Club or NCO Club Stag Bar on Friday
afternoons to drink, smoke and swap lies with our comrades. Think
about this when you read the rest of the letter below.
Drinking then became frowned on. Smoking caused cancer and could “harm
you.” Stag bars became seen as ‘sexist’. Gradually, our men quit
patronizing their clubs because what happened in the club became
fodder for a performance report. It was the same thing at the Airman’s
Club and the NCO and/or Top 3 clubs. Now we don’t have separate clubs
for the ranks.
Instead we have something called All Ranks Clubs or community clubs.
They’re open to men and women of all ranks….from airman basic to
general officer. Still, no one is there. Gee, I wonder why. The latest
brilliant thought out of Washington is that the operators (“pilots?”)
flying remote aircraft in combat areas from their plush desk at duty
stations in Nevada or Arizona should draw the same combat pay as those
real world pilots actually on board a plane in a hostile environment.
More politically correct logic?
They say that remote vehicle operators are subject to the same stress
levels as the combat pilot actually flying in combat. —–
REALLY…you’re bull-shitting me!!!???
Now that I’ve primed you a little, read on.
There are many who will agree with these sentiments, but they apply to
more than just fighter pilots. Unfortunately, the ones with the guts
to speak up or push for what they believe in are beaten down by the
“Unfortunately there is a lot of truth in the following text –
supposedly, Secretary Gates had a force beating the bushes to learn
who wrote this….
Where have all the fighter pilots gone?
Here is a rant from a retired fighter pilot that is worth reading:
It is rumored that our current Secretary of Defense recently asked the
question, “Where are all the dynamic leaders of the past?” I can only
assume, if that is true, that he was referring to Robin Olds, Jimmy
Doolittle, Patton, Ike, Boyington, Nimitz, etc.?
Well, I’ve got the answer:
They were fired before they made Major!
Our nation doesn’t want those kinds of leaders anymore. Squadron
commanders don’t run squadrons and wing commanders don’t run wings.
They are managed by higher ranking dildos with other esoteric goals in
Can you imagine someone today looking for a LEADER to execute that
Doolittle Raid and suggesting that it be given to a daredevil boozer
– his only attributes: he had the respect of his men, an awesome
ability to fly, and the organizational skills to put it all together?
If someone told me there was a chance in hell of selecting that man
today, I would tell them they were either a liar or dumber than shit.
I find it ironic that the Air Force put Brigadier General Robin Olds
on the cover of the company rag last month.
While it made me extremely proud to see his face, he wouldn’t make it
across any base in America (or overseas) without ten enlisted folks
telling him to zip up his flight suit, get rid of the cigarette, and
shave his mustache off.
I have a feeling that his response would be predictable and for that
crime he would probably get a trip home and an Article 15. We have
lost the war on rugged individualism and that, unfortunately, is what
fighter pilots want to follow; not because they have to but because
they respect leaders of that ilk. We’ve all run across that leader
that made us proud to follow him because you wanted to be like him and
make a difference. The individual who you would drag your testicles
through glass for rather than disappoint him.
We better wake the hell up! We’re asking our young men and women to go
to really shitty places; some with unbearable climates, never have a
drink, have little or no contact with the opposite sex, not look at
magazines of a suggestive nature of any type, and adhere to ridiculous
regs that require you to tuck your shirt into your PT uniform on the
way to the porta-shitter at night, in a blinding dust storm, because
it’s a uniform.
These people we’re sending to combat are some of the brightest I’ve
met but they are looking for a little sanity, which they will only
find on the outside if we don’t get a friggin’ clue. You can’t
continue asking people to live for months or years at a time acting
like nuns and priests. Hell, even they get to have a beer.
Who are we afraid of offending? The guys that already hate us enough
to strap C-4 to their own bodies and walk into a crowd of us? Think
I’m extremely proud of our young men and women who continue to serve.
I’m also very in tune with what they are considering for the future
and I’ve got news for whoever sits in the White House, Congress, and
our so-called military leaders. Much talent has and will continue to
hemorrhage from our services, because wanna-be warriors are tired of
fighting on two fronts – – one with our enemies, another against our
lack of common sense.
Take it or leave it….that’s just the way it is, no. if’s and’s or
Worthy of passing on???