timwalsh300 wrote:Even on the enlisted side, a lot of bright, highly motivated kids are drawn to the prestige of being an Airborne Ranger or Marine infantryman.
I think the question should be WHY are they drawn to that? Is it sane to want to put your life at risk? Is it sane to want to kill people? I hope not. Most of those kids are drawn to a myth. They are deluded by recruiters.
I believe we need a military. Frankly, right now I think every single one of them should be at home because there are simply no fights in the world we should be in. Nearly every country in the world is smart enough not to have more than a token force standing by the US in any current mission.
I grew up in a (small) military town. I worked for 20 years on military projects in close contact with military people, mostly O-3/4 and then in another role most 0-6/7+. I've been in small meetings with commanders of some major commands in the US. They do indeed often have PhDs advising them (I have a PhD). But most of these PhDs are not going to be any where near combat.
The PhDs you are talking about usually get their PhD as a way OUT! or a way in to a better job closer to home.
You should not take this post as anti military. I want a competent military to defend us. I'm perfectly willing to fund them with taxes to buy whatever toys are necessary. But I know better than to believe that the rank and file is an elite force. The Ivy league grads you point to are far less common than the type Kombat refers to. There are a lot of kids in the military that have few other alternatives. The fact is, recruiting standards have been lowered considerably because there have recently not been enough volunteers to provide the troops needed to fight the senseless "wars" going on right now. This is clear evidence that the military is NOT an attractive option for most kids who have other alternatives.
Of course there are some good people in the service. But there are plenty of not-so-good people as well. Most of the higher ranks you point to who are good advanced because they were good. The military rejects or processes out plenty of deadwood.