Showing posts with label Military. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Military. Show all posts

Equal Opportunity

The Navy wanted a woman to be the first to command a destroyer, the USS Winston S. Churchill, so they chose Commander Holly Graf. Of course, they only considered her record; they were not influenced by the fact that her father was a retired Navy captain, or that her older sister is a rear admiral who is married to a rear admiral. Then, despite reports of her demeaning, belittling, humiliating, and berating, the crew of the Churchill, she was subsequently promoted to captain and given command of a cruiser, the USS Cowpens, where she continued her reign of terror. Finally, on January 13, 2010, she was relieved of duty and charged with “cruelty and maltreatment” and “conduct unbecoming an officer. Apparently, the Navy is an equal opportunity employer; it allowed a woman to play the part of Captain Bligh. 

Future Leader?

The Naval Academy is where the future officers of the Navy and Marine Corps are formed into leaders. The Navy and the Naval Academy have a “zero drug tolerance police,” which means any service member who is guilty of drug use will be administratively processed for separation. Every day, sailors that come back positive for illegal drugs on random urinalysis tests are processed for discharge.

Naval Academy, Midshipman 3rd Class Marcus Curry, who already had three honor code violations, was on academic probation, and was near the bottom of his class, tested positive for marijuana on a random urinalysis. He was separated from the academy, as others have been, right? No! Not right. You see, Marcus is black and is a star slot back on the academy football team, so he was given another chance.

Now, some future sailors will get a stupid, drug using, division officer to lead them into war.

Draft

Women demand to be in military academies, in the military, on ships, in submarines, etc. Why don't they demand  to be registered for the draft as are men?

Navy Slogan

The powers that be in the Navy decided it was time for a new Navy slogan, so they paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to an ad agency to recommend one. What did they come up with:
America's Navy: A Global Force for Good
So now the United States Navy is America's Navy. Does this included all of North America and South America, or just our parts of the Americas.

Is the Navy really a force for good? According to a majority of voters in the last national election, the military in general is a force for bad.

This slogan sounds as if it were dreamed up by child from the seventies who thinks of the Navy as a group of "Super Friends." He or she probably also wants to rename the Pentagon to the "Hall of Justice."

Every country in the world will want to cheer when the Navy arrive in their ports, knowing that the global force force for good as arrived. And, as the slogan implies, they should be prepared for the Navy to enforce its version of good upon them.

Veterans

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We see headlines that say “Veteran groups want alleged torture photos released,” “Veteran groups support Obama’s war polices,”  “Veteran groups are against war,” etc. Who are these veterans?

Unofficially, anyone may claim to be a veteran. Officially, a veteran is a person who:
  • served on active duty for other than training for a period of more than 180 days and was discharged with other than a dishonorable discharge;  or
  • was discharged because of a service-connected disability; or
  • as a member of a reserve component served, under orders, on active duty during a period of war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge is authorized and was discharged or released from such duty with other than a dishonorable discharge.
A Dishonorable Discharge (DD) is a punitive discharge that may only be awarded to an enlisted member by a General Court-Martial for a serious offense, such as desertion, sexual assault, or murder, for which a dishonorable discharge was part of the sentence. All veterans' benefits are lost.

The other types of discharges are:
  • Honorable Discharge. A honorable discharge indicates the person met or exceeded the required standards of duty performance and personal conduct.
  • General Discharge. A general discharges indicates the person’s performance was satisfactory, but was marked by a considerable departure in duty performance and conduct expected of military members. General discharges are always preceded by some form of nonjudicial punishment for unacceptable behavior.
  • Other Than Honorable (OTH) Discharge, An OTH indicates the person had a serious departure from the conduct and performance expected of all military members. An OTH is typically given for conviction by a civilian court in which a sentence of confinement was adjudged or in which the conduct leading to the conviction brought discredit upon the service. Most veteran benefits are not available to those who receive an OTH discharge.
  • Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD). A BCD is a punitive discharge that can only be given by a court-martial as punishment to an enlisted service-member. They are often preceded by a period of confinement in a military prison. Virtually all veterans' benefits are forfeited by a BCD.
Therefore, veterans are not all created equal. A veteran may be a decorated war hero or a slug that was discharged after six months for assaulting an officer. When you hear about what some veteran or veteran group has said, you should consider the if the speakers really are veterans, and, if they are, what kind of veteran they are.
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Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is supposed to be difficult to receive, thus a person must demonstrate bravery "conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his [or her] life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States." However, since the Vietnam War, apparently another requisite for receiving the medal is that you be dead. For military actions that have occurred since United States forces withdrew from Vietnam in 1973, the Medal of Honor has been awarded eight times, all of them posthumously. If you perform an act of extraordinary bravery and live, you are awarded a lesser medal.