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Re: “Cracks in the code


Attempting to justify the existence of an institution based on the number of medals of honor its members have received doesn't check.

For one thing, the requirement to earn it "conspicuous 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" is difficult to achieve from the air. If you look, the vast majority of medals revolve around ground combat/operations. That narrows the number of AFSCs in the AF that have the opportunity (if that is the right word) down significantly. Primarily to AF security forces and special ops. Those two fields make up a minuscule amount of today's AF. Unlike the Army and Marines who's bread and butter is ground combat, AFA grads statistically cannot and will not ever earn as many medals as their sister academies.

Second, if you look at who has received medals in the past it quickly becomes clear that the vast majority have been enlisted. By your criteria we should abolish the officer corps.

However, I would agree that if Academy grads are not measurably better than their ROTC counterparts then the Academy is a waste.

The difficulty is that the people with the ability to do accurate comparisons between commissioning sources won't (how would one anyway? Do you think you can do it via a standardized test?). I would suggest the reason for it is fear, as both programs would be held to a standard, and the antagonism between commissioning sources would increase exponentially.

I would also point out that saying the academy is taking funding from medicare/medicaid/etc is as irrelevant as it is ridiculous. You may as well say the Peace Corp, funding for Road maintenance, education, housing, EPA, every other government program is taking funding from those three. Considering the size of the budget the three programs you named make up, perhaps you should consider the effectiveness of of trying to fund failing programs with something as paltry as cutting a military academy.

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Posted by Watcher on 04/13/2012 at 5:27 PM

Re: “Cracks in the code

Its curious that so much emphasize is put on a multiple choice morality test(referring to the DIT). The desired answers were obvious and easy to deduce. The true surprise is that cadets have the integrity to answer honestly.

As for the disparagement of the honor code, has it occurred to anyone to ask why cadets dislike the code? Could it be because the way the code is enforced twists the concept of honor?

But no. No questions. Only accusations and rants. Tragic.

Military academies reflect the societies they defend. Go look in a mirror and ask yourself if you and yours could do better.

On a different note, the author's comment about a ridiculously short institutional memory was dead on.

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Posted by Watcher on 04/12/2012 at 8:53 PM

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