I think we have plenty of Fighter Pilots and heros at the Lt, Cpt and Major level who have been great leaders in the recent wartime environments. The problem is that these young warriors are astute and smart enough that they can see what is happening to the military leadership over the last six years and they are vacating the services as soon as they are elgible. Just look at the fifty or so General Officers that the Obama Administration has relieved. What a future for the brightest and best to look forward to. Only the politically inclined are staying and moving on.
Second part of this answer is that we live and die bye the Officer Efficiency Report. This means we only have room at the top for those officers that are smart and willing enough to be politically correct in all aspects--all the time. It only takes one less that top report and you are on the street. Certainly there will be no senior Officers to stand up in your defense as they must protect their own careers.
Harvey Carter - Col. US Army, Retired.
This is a sad commentary on what political correctness has done and is doing to our great fighting forces. Subject: Where Have All The Fighter Pilots Gone? (written by a fighter
pilot) Beginning with McNamara the powers that be decided to run the US Air Force
like an 8 to 5 business. Warrior leaders of General LeMay's stature were no
longer to be found. The fundamental job of the military, "kill people and
break their things", became seriously hampered by "rules of engagement"
whose guiding logic is political, not successful combat. I agree with the
author. If and when the US military is defeated, it will be running the best
Day Care centers in the world. We used to go to the Officers Club or NCO
Club Stag Bar on Friday afternoons to drink, smoke and swap lies with our
comrades. Think about this when you read the rest of the letter below. What
happened to our Air Force/Marines/Army/Navy............. (or Military)? Drinking then became frowned on. Smoking caused cancer and could "harm you."
Stag bars became seen as 'sexist'. Gradually, our men quit patronizing their
clubs because what happened in the club became fodder for a performance
report. It was the same thing at the Airman's Club and the NCO and/or Top 3
clubs. Now we don't have separate clubs for the ranks. Instead we have something called "All Ranks Clubs" or "Community Clubs."
They're open to men and women of all ranks....from airman basic to general
officer. Still, no one is there. Gee, I wonder why. The latest brilliant
thought out of Washington is that the operators ("pilots?") flying remote
aircraft in combat areas from their plush desk at duty stations in Nevada or
Arizona should draw the same combat pay as those real world pilots actually
on board a plane in a hostile environment. More politically correct logic? They say that remote vehicle operators are
subject to the same stress levels as the combat pilot actually flying in
combat. REALLY...you're bull-shitting me!!!??? Now that I've primed you a little,
read on. Here is a rant from a retired fighter pilot that is worth reading: "It is rumored that our current Secretary of Defense recently asked the
question, "Where are all the dynamic leaders of the past?" I can only
assume, if that is true, that he was referring to Robin Olds, Jimmy
Doolittle, Patton, Ike, Boyington, Nimitz, etc.? Well, I've got the answer: They were fired before they made Major! Our nation doesn't want those kinds of leaders anymore. Squadron commanders
don't run squadrons and wing commanders don't run wings.
They are managed by higher ranking dildos with other esoteric goals in mind. Can you imagine someone today looking for a LEADER to execute that Doolittle
Raid and suggesting that it be given to a daredevil boozer -- his only
attributes: he had the respect of his men, an awesome ability to fly, and
the organizational skills to put it all together? If someone told me there was a chance in hell of selecting that man today, I
would tell them they were either a liar or dumber than shit. I find it ironic that the Air Force put Brigadier General Robin Olds on the
cover of the company rag last month. While it made me extremely proud to
see his face, he wouldn't make it across any base in America (or overseas)
without ten enlisted folks telling him to zip up his flight suit, get rid of
the cigarette, and shave his mustache off. I have a feeling that his response would be predictable and for that crime
he would probably get a trip home and an Article 15. We have lost the war on
rugged individualism and that, unfortunately, is what fighter pilots want to
follow; not because they have to but because they respect leaders of that
ilk. We've all run across that leader that made us proud to follow him
because you wanted to be like him and make a difference.
The individual who you would drag your testicles through glass for rather
than disappoint him. We better wake the hell up! We're asking our young men and women to go to really shitty places; some
with unbearable climates, never have a drink, have little or no contact with
the opposite sex, not look at magazines of a suggestive nature of any type,
and adhere to ridiculous regs that require you to tuck your shirt into your
PT uniform on the way to the porta-shitter at night, in a blinding dust
storm, because it's a uniform. These people we're sending to combat are some of the brightest I've met but
they are looking for a little sanity, which they will only find on the
outside if we don't get a friggin' clue.
You can't continue asking people to live for months or years at a time
acting like nuns and priests. Hell, even they get to have a beer. Who are we afraid of offending? The guys that already hate us enough to
strap C-4 to their own bodies and walk into a crowd of us? Think about it. I'm extremely proud of our young men and women who continue to serve.
I'm also very in tune with what they are considering for the future and I've
got news for whoever sits in the White House, Congress, and our so-called
military leaders. Much talent has and will continue to hemorrhage from our
services, because wanna-be warriors are tired of fighting on two fronts - -
one with our enemies, another against our lack of common sense. Take it or leave it....that's just the way it is, no. if's and's or
but's................... Worthy of passing on??? OK...........if not shit can it!"
For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.