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Wide Open Doors Means Lowering Standards, And Our Military Can’t Afford Either

No, Heather Wilson​. Our military doors DON’T have to be open to ALL, nor should they be. They should be open to those capable of accomplishing the mission without degrading it. The military must have people who can deploy and perform their jobs in austere conditions without continuous medical care. Transgender individuals will never be able medically to deploy because of the medical maintenance of their ELECTIVE surgeries. Would you recruit someone who needs dialysis treatments every week to deploy with the infantry? The constant need for hormones and anti-rejection drugs is the same sort of handicap to a military member, and in the case of ELECTIVE procedures such as transgender conversions, should NOT be payed for by the taxpayers. If you can’t put off your ELECTIVE procedures until after your military service is complete, and do it on your own dime, then the military isn’t the place for you.

The simple mission of our military is that it is SUPPOSED to be ready, willing, and able to kick anyone’s butt, anytime, anywhere, and in such a convincing fashion that no one is willing to test us. The cold hard truth, Ms. Wilson, is that the mission of our military, if we are serious about it being always able to defend us, does not leave room for political correctness and hurt feelings. Not everyone can do the job, and not everyone gets a trophy. When you pursue and implement these foolish policies, you will drain already destroyed budgets, you will get people unnecessarily killed, and you will compromise the security of our nation.



 

Air Force Secretary: ‘Our Doors Have to Be Open to All’

Heather Wilson, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, testifies during a Dec. 6 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Heather Wilson, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, testifies during a Dec. 6 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

There are scores of cities, neighborhoods and families the Pentagon wishes to engage to recruit the next generation of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.

But with fewer people serving and the military continuously tapping into the same “warrior caste” families who serve generation after generation, the civilian-military divide — or the social and cultural disconnect between those who have served and those who have not — is only going to grow, the top civilian of the Air Force said Thursday.

“Outside the [D.C.] beltway, I am concerned that the general population really hasn’t shared the burden of the conflicts that we’ve been involved with,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told audiences at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

Wilson was the keynote speaker for the center’s panel, “Citizen Soldiers or Warrior Caste: Who Will Serve in America’s Future Military?”

“Less than two in 1,000 serve” today, she said — something those developing the national security strategy must be wary of.

It’s why “our doors have to be open to all — wide open to all” in order to “attract, develop, [and] retain,” Wilson said.

“There’s all kinds of evidence that shows the advantages gained through a diverse workforce,” she said.

Wilson’s comments come as the Defense Department is struggling to set forth clear guidelines on how to welcome transgender service members into the ranks.

As of Jan. 1, the military was ready to begin processing transgender recruits after several federal court rulings found President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on transgender individuals serving in the military to be unconstitutional.

A recent USA Today story reported that the Air Force has begun processing paperwork for eight individuals who identify as transgender. But the Defense Department said officials are not tracking that data.

“As of January 17, 2018, there are no contracted transgender recruits in the military, active or otherwise,” OSD spokesman Maj. Dave Eastburn told Military.com.

“The process to enlist in the military is an extensive one, unique to each candidate’s individual qualifications and desired military occupational skill. We do not track potential recruits, and will only begin to count them once they have signed a contract with a uniformed service, period,” Eastburn said in a statement.

Wilson said there must be a seat at the table for future leaders, no matter their background.

“For young women, for minorities, for first-generation Americans, it’s hard to be what you can’t see,” she said. “And by being role models and making sure our role models are out there where younger women and minorities and others who haven’t traditionally been strongly represented in the military can see what the possibility is for them … that there’s an opportunity there, we will inspire more to come to serve.”

Wilson said the attraction and willingness to serve takes shape as each day of a recruit’s military career progresses.

The first day of boot camp is an equalizer, because it’s not about “where you come from, how much money you have, who your parents are, whether you’re a man or a woman, or the color of your skin,” she said.

“What matters is, ‘Can you perform? Can you develop a better version of yourself?’ ” Wilson said.

The Air Force, for example, wants to build up its forces to 350,000 airmen by 2024.

Starting this year, it will expand its geographic recruiting areas with more vigorous recruiting efforts into areas such as New England, Wilson said.

“About only one in 10 recruits comes from New England,” she said, while noting places such as Texas and California have continuously supplied the service with new airmen.

“And we intend to increase the intensity where young people may be inspired to serve but may not have that family connection,” she said.

Echoing her comments at the White House’s Empowering Women Symposium on Tuesday, Wilson said women are a “natural fit” in the armed forces.

She said roughly 20 percent of the Air Force is made up of women, and missions could not continue without them.

“If you think about the most protective person in your life, the person if you were in a burning building would come in and get you, the one who would do anything to protect you, my guess is half the people in this room is thinking of their moms,” Wilson said.

In 2015, then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reversed long-standing U.S. military traditions when he announced that all military occupational specialties would open to women.

In the following months, the military services moved to amend their battlefield programs without diminishing physical training standards.

Wilson said, “We need to tap into that desire to be protectors of the innocent, which is what American airmen do. … We’re the protectors — and that’s a very feminine thing.”

— Oriana Pawlyk can be reached at oriana.pawlyk@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Oriana0214.

 

Link to article:  https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/01/21/air-force-secretary-our-doors-have-be-open-all.html?ESRC=eb_180122.nl

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Desperation Driving Air Force to Consider MASSIVE Shortcuts to Training

I have been asked why I criticize the Air Force and its leadership as often and as vociferously as I do.  The best way I can explain it is to ask why you discipline your children.  You are trying to correct their course, to put those you love on a path that will benefit and prosper them.  It’s the same when criticizing the service I love, and the people who are destroying it. 

Those of us who love our Air Force, having devoted many years to serving in it, are heartbroken watching the service we love crumbling before our eyes.  We are also fearful for what that means for the defense of our nation.

If you have been paying attention in recent years, you have seen the service chiefs seemingly trying to destroy morale, driving motivated and qualified people from the service, and failing to make the case for sufficient funding to maintain, much less upgrade or replace worn out equipment.  The pilot shortage and the reasons for it have been predicted and known for a long time by the average airman.  For all the reasons mentioned above, and because there are more attractive alternatives in the private sector now, there is an already massive and growing shortage of pilots.  A recent grounding of the T-6 (the primary trainer for the Air Force) due to oxygen system problems similar to those experience by the F-22, T-45, and F-18 has exacerbated the problem.  The death spiral of being unable to train pilots fast enough to replace those being hemorrhaged to the private sector is being made worse by these training stoppages.  The story here isn’t just the pilot shortage, but what the desperately incompetent leadership is doing to fix the problem.  Actually, they don’t seem to be even trying to fix the problem, but rather just trying to put band-aids on severed arteries to slow down the bleeding.

For a long time, senior leaders have secretly seen this crisis coming even though they never publicly acknowledge it until very recently.  Quietly they began pressing those at all points along the chain to cut corners in production in an effort to keep production numbers of pilots up.  Those who could never meet the historical standards of becoming a pilot somehow manage to scrape through.  Students who can’t pass a check ride continue to get reinstated in training rather than being eliminated.  Even the front-line instructors get beaten down to the point that they don’t “hook” a student when they should because they know that the squadron, group, and wing leadership will simply reinstate them rather than wash them out.  They just get passed along, standards and quality of the end product be damned.

This latest idea, to essentially bypass an entire phase of training, is perhaps one of the worst ideas yet, showing once again that the detached, elitist leadership REFUSES to listen to their people. 

We will not have the luxury of time to prepare as we did in previous wars should a major power attack us.  If we are not strong enough to deter such an attack from ever taking place, we likely will not survive it with the military we currently have.  It may already be to late to repair the damage, and restore our Air Force, and our military in general, to a force that is capable of defending us against all comers.  I pray that it’s not, but fear it is. 



Desperation Move: Air Force to Experiment With Partial Training of Pilots

By | November 30th, 2017

I’ve been saying it for years and I’ll say it again: the Air Force does not have a pilot shortage because of a shortage of people who want to fly airplanes. It has a pilot shortage because life in the Air Force sucks. If you’re going to take a daily kick in the junk for decent money, there are countless places to do this without the burden of deployments, irritations from shoe clerks, and the psychological neutering effect of being perpetually denied the tactical initiative in a top-heavy and bullshit-laden bureaucracy.

Life in the Air Force sucks, even for pilots. This is why there’s a pilot shortage, which is really just a symptom of a broader and deeper morale crisis that has been festering since long before Norton “Spock” Schwartz replaced “In Lieu Of” with a cute acronym in an unsuccessful attempt to take the stink off. Since long before “Fight to Fight” was used as a euphemism for force shaping, and even since before “force shaping” was itself substituted as jargon for deliberately understaffing the entire service and hoping no one would notice.

When the flesh peddlers got the upper hand, we all lost. Even those witless Americans who assume airplanes just magically appear overhead to protect them.

Now, as we enter the Seventh Circle of the pilot shortage, desperation is setting in. Generals are finally realizing that despite their Earthly deification, they cannot summon airpower with a casual wiggle of their stars. Turns out you can’t actually do jack shit with airplanes unless you have people who are willing to fly them.

Now in years past, “willing” was not a problem. Having an available pilot slot to fill was like being the lone female in a deployed maintenance squadron. You could turn away many applicants before giving someone a shot, and if it didn’t work out there were many strong candidates waiting in the wings.

These days, not so much. People have figured out this is no longer the best deal in the world. Without the right support and orientation … the right culture … it’s just a shitload of work without enough intrinsic payoff.

In the year or so since the service finally admitted it was so addicted to nonsense that it was driving its most intrinsically motivated servants to trample each other in a rush to the exits, any number of bizarre tactics have been attempted to put direct pressure on the pilot hemorrhage.

Huge bonuses. Promises of reduced queep. Sugary rhetoric. More bonuses. Vagaries about assignment preferences and extensions. You name it, Goldfein and company have promised it. Sure they haven’t delivered, but it’s early … and if you can look into the seeds of time and tell me which will grow and which will not, then speak unto me.

But for their latest attempt at pandering, Air Force leaders deserve special recognition, for they have found a new low. An Eighth Circle.

An email circulated earlier this week tells the tale. See for yourself.

Let’s just be clear what’s happening here. We’re experimenting with giving Air Force wings to pilots who have not had Air Force pilot training. This is a great way to fast-track the utter ruin of what was once a proud warfighting service. This is easily the worst idea since the furbie, and has about as much chance of looking serious as Madonna had trying to pass herself off as a virgin.

There is a proven recipe for the baking of an Air Force pilot. This is like trying to bake bread without yeast … it will not rise. Without the primary phase of training, which teaches not only basic flying skills but the fundamentals of military aviation culture, you will not produce a competent military aviator. Instead, you’ll fool yourself into winging someone who will instantly become a drag device on his or her gaining unit.

Sure, it’s only 10 people for now. Sure, it’s just an experiment. But the fact it would even be considered demonstrates that even as the Air Force grapples with how to solve its pilot problem, it’s not listening to pilots. They’re telling you everything you need to know, and either you’re not listening or you’re powerless to act. Either way, this move spells doom for the USAF.

Link to article:  https://www.jqpublicblog.com/desperation-move-air-force-to-experiment-with-partial-training-of-pilots/

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Deserter Bergdahl WALKS FREE

YHGTBSM!!!!  HONORABLE men died looking for this piece of crap, and all he gets is a dishonorable discharge? Col. Jeffery R. Nance, I can’t find a respectful way to tell you you’re full of crap. You dishonor the uniform.



Breaking: Bergdahl sentenced to no jail time, free to go

By | November 3rd, 2017|Military News, U.S. Army

A military judge has come to a decision in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing.

The disgraced US Army Sergeant (promoted while in captivity) was given a dishonorable discharge by a military judge on Friday.

The judge,  Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, said he will avoid prison time for the charge of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after abandoning his outpost in 2009, according to CNN.

Bergdahl was held captive by the Taliban for five years and pleaded guilty last month to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.  He was released in May 2014 in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.

His charges gave him the possibility of life in prison, but the prosecution only asked for a 14-year sentence. Bergdahl’s attorneys asked Col. Nance for a punishment of dishonorable discharge.

It was Bergdahl’s choice to enter a guilty plea, which allowed him to be tried by a military judge instead of a jury.

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http://popularmilitary.com/breaking-bergdahl-sentenced-no-jail-time-free-go/

Open Letter to the NFL and its Players

To the NFL and its players:
If I have brain cancer, I don’t ask my dentist what I should do. If my car has a problem, I don’t seek help from a plumber!  Why do you think the public cares what a football player thinks about politics?  If we want to know about football, then depending on the information we seek, we might consult with you, but even a quarterback doesn’t seek advice on playing his position from a defensive tackle!

You seem to have this over inflated view of yourselves, thinking because you enjoy working on such a large scale stage, that somehow your opinion about everything matters.  The NFL realizes the importance of its “image” so it has rules that specify the clothes and insignia you can wear, the language you use, and your “antics” after a touchdown or other “great” play.  But somehow you and your employer don’t seem to care that you disgrace the entire nation and its 320 million people in the eyes of the world by publicly disrespecting this country, its flag, and its anthem!  The taxpaying citizens of this country subsidize your plush work environments, yet you choose to use those venues to openly offend those very citizens.

Do you even understand what the flag of this country means to so many of its citizens before you choose to “take a knee” in protest of this “country” during our national anthem?

You may think because you are paid so much that your job is tough, but you are clueless when it comes to tough.  Let me show you those whose job is really tough.

You are spoiled babies who stand around and have staff squirt GatorAid in your mouths, sit in front of misting cooling fans when it’s warm, and sit on heated benches when it’s cold.  That’s not “tough” that’s pampered.

You think that you deserve to be paid excessively high salaries, because you play a “dangerous” game where you can incur career ending injuries.  Let me show you career ending injuries!

You think you that you deserve immediate medical attention and the best medical facilities and doctors when injured.  Let me show you what it’s like for those who really need and deserve medical attention.

You think you have the right to disrespect the flag of the United States, the one our veterans fought for, risked limbs and mental stability to defend, in many cases died for.  Let me show you what our flag means to them, their families, and their friends.

You believe you are our heroes, when in reality you are nothing but overpaid entertainers, who exist solely for our enjoyment!  Well, your current antics are neither entertaining nor enjoyable, but rather a disgrace to this country, its citizens, all our veterans and their families, and the sacrifices they have made to ensure this country remains free.  You choose to openly disgrace this country in the eyes of the rest of the world, yet with all your money, still choose to live here rather than in any other country. People with even the slightest amount of “Class” will stand and respect our flag.  Where does that put you?  You want to see heroes…here are this countries heroes!

You can protest policies, the current government, or anything else you choose, that is your right.  But when you “protest” our flag and anthem, you are insulting the nation we all live in and love, and all those who have served, been injured, or died to keep it free.  There is nothing you can do or say that can make your actions anything more than the arrogance of classless people, who care about themselves more than our country or the freedoms for which our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much, to ensure you have the “right” to speak freely.  Our country is far from perfect, but if you can point to any other country where your freedom and opportunities are better than they are here, then you just might want to go there and show respect for their flag!

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Trying to Put a Pretty Face On an Ugly Party

Tulsi Gabbard on Tucker Carlson

“We, as the American people, should be concerned when any president of the United States launches an illegal and unconstitutional military strike against a foreign government.  This is something congress has not authorized, and it’s an escalation of a counterproductive regime-change war in Syria that our country has been waging for years.  First for many years through the CIA covertly, and now overtly through President Trump’s reckless military strike last night.” –Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat (HI)

While I am still not so sure that striking Syria at this time was such a good idea, I am sure that the democrat response, and specifically the response of Tulsi Gabbard who seems to represent the views of most democrats on this issue, is one of outright hypocrisy.  Despite her relatively attractive external appearance, she is just as dark and intellectually bankrupt on the inside as the rest of the democrat party.

Perhaps you remember one Barack Hussein Obama committing US forces to combat in Libya to support rebels seeking to overthrow the government of Libya.  There was no legitimate US interest in overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi, who had kept to himself since nearly being killed by Ronald Reagan in Operation El Dorado Canyon, and in fact had actually been cooperating with us by providing intelligence on terrorist organizations and activities.  Yet Barack Obama sided with the rebels seeking to overthrow Gaddafi, violating the War Powers Act by not receiving approval from congress within the required time, or at all.  In doing so, Obama fanned the flames of what came to be known as the “Arab Spring,” which ultimately destabilized the ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST, and created what became ISIS.

In Gabbard’s revised history, did she or the democrats say the American people should have been concerned when Barack Obama launched an illegal and unconstitutional military strike against a foreign government?  No.  No, they did not.  In fact, she completely left out Obama’s and the democrats involvement in destabilizing the middle east, and waging a war to overthrow Bashar Assad, who was of no threat to America.

There are a number of reasons why striking Syria right now may not have been the best idea.  There is the possibility Russia may have been responsible for the chemical weapon strike instead of Syria.  If the Syrians performed the strike, why did they have chemical weapons at all, since Obama supposedly arranged for Russia to take all of Syria’s chemical weapons in a brokered deal following Obama’s multiple “red lines” which he never enforced.  Shouldn’t Russia have to answer these questions?  Then there is the possibility that we could have accidentally hit the Russians in Syria, leading to war between us and Russia, which we are not prepared for.

So many reasons NOT to strike Syria.  But we did strike them, and in doing so have ONCE AGAIN exposed the intellectual dishonesty of the democrat party, and the liberal left in America.
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Rep. Gabbard: Syria missile strike ‘illegal and unconstitutional’

Published April 07, 2017

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Friday that the American missile strike on a Syrian airfield as “an illegal and unconstitutional military strike” that drew the United States closer to military conflict with Russia.
Gabbard, an Iraq War veteran, also said the strike was “an escalation of a counterproductive regime change war in Syria that our country’s been waging for years, first through the CIA covertly, and now overtly.”
FLASHBACK: GABBARD SAYS SHE MET WITH ASSAD DURING SYRIA TRIP
In January, Gabbard met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus. When host Tucker Carlson asked if she believed Assad’s forces to be responsible for the chemical weapons attack that precipitated the missile strikes, Gabbard answered, “It doesn’t matter what I believe or not. What matters is evidence and facts.
“If the Trump administration has the evidence, unequivocally proving this, then share it with the American people,” Gabbard continued. “Share it with Congress. Come to Congress and make your case before launching an unauthorized, illegal military strike against a foreign government.
“Gabbard also said that efforts to overthrow Assad would only strengthen extremist groups, and expressed concerns about Moscow’s response to the missile strikes.
“Russia … are very closely allied with Syria and … have their own military operating [on] the ground there,” the congresswoman said, “and when you consider the consequences of that, the United States and Russia being the two nuclear powers in the world, it should be a cause of great concern for everyone.”

1,063 Documented Examples of Barack Obama’s Lying, Lawbreaking, Corruption, Cronyism, Hypocrisy, Waste, Etc

The list of Obama lies, corruption, etc. is now growing so long that you need a continuous scroll to document it all, and what has been uncovered is just scratching the surface. He has so blatantly broken the law that he should have been impeached in the first year of his presidency. But he didn’t just stop with breaking the law. By giving aid, even military aid, and comfort to our enemies, he has committed treason, and he should meet the fate of a traitor.

Enjoy a little light reading in the linked pdf below. Get comfortable. It may take a while to read all of misdeeds of one Barack Hussein Obama.
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Tim Kaine promises bill to legalize illegal immigrants in ‘first 100 days’

The democrats have thrown down the gauntlet.  This is it.  This is where you must choose.  Do you side with American citizens, or with illegal aliens?  Do you stand for the rule of law, or the rule of men seeking their own benefit?  Do you support our Constitution as the rule of law, or the rule of dictators and oligarchs? 

Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton have made it quite clear that they stand with the law breaking illegal alien before they stand with the American citizen.  We all know what Hillary Clinton thinks about the rule of law.  And Barack Obama made it clear what democrats think about the US Constitution. Kaine also states another bitter truth in that Paul Ryan will without a doubt cave in to the democrats, as he always has in the past.

If Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine (Kaine and Unable) win, or more likely steal the election in November, there is nothing else left to hold the union together.  The Constitution is the contract that binds the country together, and the democrats have shredded it.  Conservative states must secede as the last chance to avoid an all out revolution.  Then it will be up to the blue states and the democrat tyrants to decide whether there is a war or not.

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Tim Kaine promises bill to legalize illegal immigrants in ‘first 100 days’

Vice presidental nominee Sen. Tim Kaine predicted that House Republicans, who stopped President Obama's last bid for legalization in 2013, will reverse themselves next year and said House Speaker Paul D. Ryan will lead the GOP to embrace legalization. (Associated Press)

– The Washington Times – Monday, July 25, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — A new Clinton administration would pursue a bill to legalize illegal immigrants in “the first 100 days” of her tenure, vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine told Spanish-language network Telemundo in an interview Monday, presenting a deep contrast with Republicans. Continue reading

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