By Ray Starmann
The old adage used to go, “First the mission and then the men.”
In today’s Army, with its gallant senior leaders at the helm; the old adage has been amended to: first the pension, retirement benefits, defense contractor job after out-processing, TV analyst gig part time, permanent PX parking space for the wife and somewhere after a couple hundred more priorities there is the mission and then the men, the women and of course, the gender neutrals.
The US Army seems to be doing a Thelma and Louise every day now. Pentagon feather merchants who resemble Fortune 500 executives feed the public a constant dose of nonsense about how well the war with ISIS is going and how Obama’s social changes are just what the doctor ordered. The all you can eat cognitive dissonance buffet is open 24 hours a day at the Pentagon.
The US Army has completely forgotten its mission. The Army’s warrior spirit has been under attack for at least 25 years and maybe longer. I remember one day when I was in the Frankfurt, Germany PX in 1993. I saw two female soldiers wearing 101st Airborne combat patches. One was pregnant, the other was pushing a baby stroller. I shook my head and thought of a certain night jump over Normandy, and the brutal battles at Market-Garden, Bastogne and Hamburger Hill.
I’m sure the two female soldiers were good at their support jobs and certainly courageous. They had deployed to a combat zone and served honorably. I just wondered about their abilities to fight as infantry, should the need ever arise.
The Army has forgotten that every soldier is a potential rifleman.
From the Battered Bastards of Bastogne to Baby Strollers; and, the Army let it all happen. But, things back in 1993 were nearly pitch perfect compared to the 24/7 Poseidon Adventure the Army is experiencing now.
The Army is focused on just about everything except training for war.
The US Army is not a North American detachment of the Swedish Government, meaning its primary purpose is not to provide cradle to grave welfare benefits for service members.
The US Army is not a day care center.
The US Army does not exist to provide lactation stations and breastfeeding services.
The US Army should not be used as a testing ground for every wacked out feminist fantasy conceived in a Wellesley College, Euro-armpit, hairy leg, Birkenstock wearing, Women’s Studies class.
The US Army does not exist to provide endless degrees on International Peacekeeping and Refugee Management to officers who use their active duty time to pad their resumes.
The US Army is not an equal opportunity employer. If you can’t pack the gear and complete the mission, you have no right to be a soldier.
The US Army does not exist to instruct its soldiers that the Bible and the Declaration of Independence are sexist documents.
The US Army does not exist to waste time teaching soldiers sensitivity training in peace and war. The US Army exists to teach soldiers that the Spirit of the Bayonet is to kill, kill, kill! It does not exist to teach soldiers that the Spirit of the Bayonet is flower power.
The military does not exist for peacekeeping, nation building and the rest of the miscellaneous ways the Obama Administration has utilized the lean green machine.
The US Army is so focused on nation building and counter-insurgency that it can’t even roll out an armored Brigade Combat Team right now. I recommend Colonel Gentile’s excellent article on this subject, titled, “The Death of the Armor Corps.”
The US Army exists for ONE SOLE REASON, to wage war; to meet the enemies of this nation and to annihilate them before they annihilate us. It is the mission of the Army to destroy the enemy as violently as possible until the enemy is vanquished.
Make no mistake about it. If the US Army continues down the road it is on, with its vast readiness and doctrinal problems and lunatic social changes, the US Army is headed for a Number One train wreck.
The problem lies in the fact that so many leaders and senior leaders refuse to acknowledge that any problems exist at all. They are virtual Dorian Grays looking in the mirror in a state of denial as the institution itself crumbles before them.
Some of the conversations I’ve had with current and recently retired Army personnel are priceless. Combat arms people have told me things like “Stop writing articles about how we need more warriors. We don’t need any Patton’s around. We need more George Marshall’s.” Marshall was good at his job, but I can’t see the German Army saying to itself, “Here comes the Third Army and that son of a bitch Marshall.”
Or, a couple other favorites of mine, “It’s 2016 man, come on!” “This is the best Army the country has ever had!”
I even gave one of my buddies, a combat arms type, a chance to escape and evade. Here’s the scenario I presented to him…”It’s the opening day of the Battle of the Bulge. You’re in foxhole. The 1st SS Panzer Division is hitting the line. Who would you rather have in a foxhole with you, Kowalski (a big Polish guy who played rugby in our unit) or some woman?”
His response – “There’s absolutely no difference in the genders, Ray. Things have changed.”
Let me tell you, when the MI guy is the toughest guy in the room, you know the US Army is in Deep Kimshee.
I’ll take a double Pentagon Kool Aid, on the rocks, with a twist of denial please.
The US Army needs to have a serious Come to Jesus meeting with itself before it’s too late.
As MacArthur said there is no substitute for victory…