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Calvin
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Military morale

Taken from "The American Legion Magazine" , March 2015

Pay and allowances said good / excellent 2009 87% 2014 44%

Health care said good / excellent 2009 78% 2014 45%

Officers said good / excellent 2009 78% 2014 49%

Supplied with best
equipment agreed 2009 47% 2014 36%

Military leadership
has my best interest
at heart agreed 2009 53% 2014 27%

Jeffersonian
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A dozen years of undeclared,

A dozen years of undeclared, no-win war in and for a worthless part of the world fought by a very small percentage of the US population plus deliberate policies of feminization, affirmative action, and mainstreaming homosexuality in the ranks.

What could possibly go wrong? Not your father's US Armed Forces or mine either.

M.D. Harmon
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1) It's morale, not "moral"

1) It's morale, not "moral" -- "Single men in barracks don't grow into plaster saints," after all....

2) For once, I agree with Jefferson. But it's the "no-win" part that counts. Plus the other three things he mentioned, too.

Bruce Libby
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Yet all those above will be

Yet all those above will be centered on the leadership /political aspects and all valid.
There is also a need to fully look at the lower ranks of the forces regular and reserves.
No this isn't the same military of yore, but numerous things that were suppose to make it better are in need of analysis.
Any discussion of that will be hindered by the reluctance to critcize the forces.

Jeffersonian
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In large, soft consumerist

In large, soft consumerist mass Democracies where all honor and virtue is bestowed upon those who are good at making money, wars are not won when they are out sourced to a small percentage of the population for money and "job opportunities".

Such an arrangement just makes it easier for the Lap Top Warrior/academic class in "Think Tanks" like AEI , to get the country into to foolish conflicts which are either none of our business or are harmful to our true national interests.

Think Paul Wolfowicz, Douglas Feith, Robert and Fred Kagan, and the feminist Amazon trio of Susan Rice, Samantha Powers, and Vicky Nuland. None has ever been in the military,fired a shot in anger, or been in a fist fight.

This country only wins wars when our Representatives debate it, convinces the nation that its necessary for some of its young men to fight and die, and Declares it as required by the Constitution.

The nation then shows its resolve by requiring every physically able man under the age of thirty to be subject to conscription and possibly mayhem and death.

That decision shows our seriousness, our resolve, and the necessity. We haven't done that since WW II. If we did have a Declaration and conscription again our actual (Iraq, Afghanistan, ISIS) wars and pending ones (Iran and Syria and Ukraine) would be over quickly or quickly rejected. Instead, we take the easy way out and the result is endless war with nothing to show for it.

When it's someone else's kid being maimed or killed, we forget about it and go shopping. When its us or our own, our minds quickly focus on what's most important.

America needs to focus again. We're running out of other people's kids and money. Both the US military and the nation deserve better political and military leadership and policies.

Bruce Libby
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Part of the downfall started

Part of the downfall started when we double timed PT in sneakers IMO.

Thomas Carter
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I'm currently reading "War is

I'm currently reading "War is a Racket" by retired United States Marine Corps Major General and two time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley Butler. Published in 1935, he lays out the premise that war and military interventionism are highly profitable for corporations and bankers, and that US soldiers are hired mercenaries sent to their deaths by wealthy politicians (who receive their $$ and marching orders from said bankers and businesses).

I highly recommend it - very revolutionary for its time, and it still holds true today. The USA is no longer a beacon for democracy, but a rogue empire with it's claws in every other country's business. America has over 600 military bases and installations in 38 foreign countries, and semi-secret Special Ops units in 125. We have had 14 years of war on terror, yet beheadings are an almost daily occurrence, Iraq is lost, and the Treasury is full...of IOU's.

The last soldier who died for my freedoms died during WW II (the last constitutionally declared war). Time to prioritize, people.

Melvin Udall
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Can someone provide a list of

Can someone provide a list of the 38 countries in which the 600 bases exist?

That's an average of 15 per country!

Bruce Libby
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Thomas

Thomas
You might be correct but your offering fails to separate the higher and lower ranks of the services.
As for the differences in the survey well some of that stems from IMO the generational differences in our young
serving today. It also fails to figure in the way the men and women view there service particularly in war time.
I believe one would find the lofty analysis of the politics etc. not a high priority amongst the troops.

Your last sentence is really an insult to the troops , you just said their service is not worthy intended or not.

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Melvin:

Melvin:

I didn't count them, but this is a pretty comprehensive list.

BTW: Mike Harmon and I served in the same Army Reserve unit and we're basically on the same page philosophically. I always thought it was ironic that we phased out the draft years ago, but all of our enemies have mandatory conscription.

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