I sit here Monday evening writing this, there is a deep sadness in my heart, yet it steels my resolve. ~ Allen West
As Written By Allen B. West:
Last week I had the distinct pleasure of returning to Ft. Riley Kansas as an Honorary Member of the 16th Infantry Regiment for the change of command of the 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment. As well, we, the members of the 16th Infantry Regiment Association, dedicated a memorial plaque at the 16th Infantry headquarters marking the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm.
It was just doggone humbling to stand there in the presence of today’s U.S. Army Soldiers, the men and women of America’s First Infantry Division, the Big Red One. As we looked out into the formation during the change of command, you saw nearly every one of those Soldiers with a right shoulder combat patch. That means they’d deployed to either the Iraq or Afghanistan combat theater of operations — perhaps both, and in multiple units.
There was such pride evident in their eyes and their comportment. And their pride transferred to those of us, their predecessors.
But as I sit here Monday evening writing this, there is a deep sadness in my heart, yet it steels my resolve. Here we are taking our US Army down to a manning level we haven’t seen since prior to World War II. Of course there are those who will say so what, well, look into the eyes of those Big Red One Soldiers and say that. What brings my sadness, actually more like calm anger, is a recent story from the Washington Times:
“The Army says soldiers can self-identify who they are and not face discrimination.
The promise is contained in President Obama’s 2017 budget submission to Congress. In the Defense Department’s budget section on the Army, it states: “From the Secretary of the Army to the youngest private, the Army remains committed to ensuring the dignity and respect of Soldiers, civilians, and their families. A part of that respect is ensuring every Soldier and civilian has the opportunity to reach their highest potential. With the recent opening of all military occupations and positions to women, the Army will have access to a broader range of talent. The Army will provide every Soldier and civilian equal opportunities to rise to the level of their merit regardless of their gender, their race, or their self-identity.”
The term “self-identity” was not contained in the sections on the other three military branches and was not found in the budgets for past years. Cynthia O. Smith, an Army spokeswoman at the Pentagon, told The Washington Times: “Treating all soldiers with dignity and respect is not a change in policy, it is a core value. Moreover, the language in the budget report is wholly consistent with past Army statements.” Some observers say the term refers to transgender persons.”
The mission of the U.S. military is to fight and win our nation’s wars. The U.S. Army is designed to close with and destroy the enemy. The mission of the military is completely different from that of the civilian sector. The military takes individuals and conforms them to a unit; it is not based on what the individual desires and identifies. You become one thing: an American Soldier.
Now, thanks to the social egalitarians who don’t …..
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