The military has a morale problem:
More than half of some 770,000 soldiers are pessimistic about their future in the military and nearly as many are unhappy in their jobs, despite a six-year, $287 million campaign to make troops more optimistic and resilient, findings obtained by USA TODAY show.
Twelve months of data through early 2015 show that 403,564 soldiers, or 52%, scored badly in the area of optimism, agreeing with statements such as “I rarely count on good things happening to me.” Forty-eight percent have little satisfaction in or commitment to their jobs.
Note that as usual, the government’s first response was to throw money at a problem. But no amount of money is going to fix problems like this:
Making the general public aware about tough issues that need addressing is obviously a good thing. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about doing it.
A Reddit post supposedly containing a message from the cellphone of a cadet has raised questions concerning an allegedly mandatory ROTC event.
In the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, cadets were required to wear high heels and march to “raise awareness of sexual assault against women.”
Next thing you know they’ll be wearing pink boots in ROTC to promote breast cancer awareness, a la the NFL. Every Army ROTC leader involved with this should immediately lose their job. Not only was this coerced humiliation specifically targeting men, it degrades and detracts from the professional image of the U.S. armed forces. Our adversaries already think the time is ripe for challenging Uncle Sam, so I’m sure multiple Twitter images of future military leaders staggering around in semi-drag is just the deterrent effect that’s called for, right?
The comments in the story hit the nail on the head: this is the command climate in today’s military. We can’t field weapons systems on time and within budget, and can’t get a standardized combat uniform across the branches (wasting even more millions of dollars), but by gosh we can make our young men grovel before the might of the feminists!
Part of me wants to conclude by saying “un-freaking-believable.” Sadly, that just wouldn’t be true.