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Monday, June 20, 2016

Non-soldier colonels

When I read the headline, I thought the story was from Duffel Blog, the satirical site for the military. But it is not a parody. The headline is a shocking and alarming truth from the Democratic Party's worldview:
The Pentagon's controversial plan to hire military leaders off the street

From the Military Times:
Defense Secretary Ash Carter wants to open the door for more “lateral entry” into the military's upper ranks, clearing the way for lifelong civilians with vital skills and strong résumés to enter the officer corps as high as the O-6 pay grade.
The idea is controversial, to say the very least. For many in the rank-and-file military, it seems absurd, a bewildering cultural change that threatens to upend many assumptions about military life and traditional career paths. But while it's not universally embraced, there is interest in Congress and among some of the military's uniformed leaders — even, they say, in exploring how the services could apply this concept to the enlisted force.
This is a key piece of Carter’s “Force of the Future” personnel reform. Unveiled June 9, it aims to help the military bring in more top talent, especially for high-tech career fields focused on cyber warfare and space. Advocates say it will help the military fill important manpower shortfalls with highly skilled professionals and, more broadly, create greater “permeability” between the active-duty military and the civilian sector.
At the same time, it suggests eroding the military’s tradition of growing its own leaders and cultivating a force with a distinct culture and tight social fabric, which many believe to be the heart of military effectiveness. Critics worry it will create a new subcaste of military service members who are fundamentally disconnected from the traditional career force.
O-6 stops at colonel, one step below general.

Making the military another government bureaucracy is a surefire way to keep us from winning another war, which seems to be the Democratic Party's plan.

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16 comments:

  1. Carter's the moron obsessed with making the trans crowd feel welcome in the Army.

    Be glad these nitwits only have another 5 months or so.

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    1. A civilian placed in charge of soldiers?

      Been done. The word Don's looking for is "zampolit".

      Welcome to the U.S.S.A.

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  2. Well, they did make Glenn Miller an officer afterall. I can see some limited merit on very specific areas such as cyber warfare, but without any actual military responsibilities. Of course, just hire them into the fed govt and make them a high GS level.

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    1. Way I heard it, Glenn Miller's behaviour under V1 bombardment did nothing to disgrace the conferred rank.

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  3. Not a new idea, it's being used capably in the Medical Corps. Also, there are many times someone may be brought in as 0-3 or less in certain specialties, like Engineering or Intel, usually as reserve component. Advance Paygrade Enlisted has been around in the Naval Reserves, not sure of current situation.

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  4. Reading the comments it looks like this has been done before and is now. The difference in all probability is that the new hires will have an ideological basis making them attractive to the current"leadership". Taking an established practice and turning it to some evil use is what leftists are all about. The Revolution can't come fast enough.

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  5. One of my neighbors is a retired Marine officer. He's told me more than once that the higher the rank of the officer, the more "suck-up" the officer is likely to be. It takes a lot of dexterity and, shall we say, "flexibility" to make it all the way to the top in the services. Promotion from within does produce a culture, but not all of it is beneficial for the country.

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  6. Ain't that how Homer got put in charge of the reactor?

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  7. Given that almost everybody over the rank of Lt. Colonel is already a politician, not much of a change proposed.

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  8. Given that almost everybody over the rank of Lt. Colonel is already a politician, not much of a change proposed.

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  9. It it's restricted to technical areas, it may make sense. If they're talking about putting commissars in charge of combat forces, expect fragging to come back in vogue.

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  10. In my day, the government just drafted the talent they wanted - because all males were eligible and doctors, lawyers and maybe Indian chiefs got moved to the head of the list. We are reminded that entertainers like Elvis and Cassius Clay were subjected. Perhaps, if the law had not been changed, Donald Trump would have had to serve as well, provided of course that he had any useful talent deemed needed by the military.

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    1. Remind me again which of Trump's opponents in the primaries or now in the general election have prior military service?

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  11. Do not forget hillary ducked sniper fire coming into bosnia. Does that count?

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  12. It's already there in the AF; see
    http://www.jqpublicblog.com/

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