Secretary of Defense Carter is a joke and here’s his latest folly. He wants to lower the standards for recruitment into the military (1). What a great idea because that’s what we need – less qualified soldiers. Specifically, Carter wants to relax standards on physical fitness and pot use. Here it is,
“Among the benchmarks that will get new scrutiny: fitness standards, marijuana use, tattoo regulations and the military’s longtime reluctance to allow single parents to start military careers.”
“As thousands of prospective recruits are now living in states where medical and recreational marijuana is now legal, Carter is instructing top personnel officials to consider pilot programs to “assess the feasibility and impact of updated standards” on the issue of “past marijuana use,”
“Defense Secretary Ash Carter has launched a sweeping review of the military's recruiting standards, saying current rules for screening new entrants may be “overly restrictive” and preventing America's most talented young people from joining the ranks.”
So, according to Carter, our most talented young people are overweight, pot users? Wow! An Army of overweight, pot users should scare the Russians and Chinese into submission.
What’s Carter’s fear? What’s prompting his idiotic decision?
“Carter’s announcement Tuesday marked the latest round of his “Force of the Future” personnel reforms, which are driven by his concerns that the military today is ill-equipped to recruit and retain the top talent needed for future missions.”
So, Carter’s solution to being unable to attract top talent into the military is to lower the standards? Now there’s some top notch logic. Carter’s an idiot. No wonder our military is in the shape it’s in. I can’t wait until those overweight, pot users move up the ranks and become the generals of tomorrow. That should be interesting.
Alright let me try to turn from mocking to a slightly serious tone.
Does anyone seriously believe that drug users are going to join the military and stop using drugs? Of course not. Drug users will continue to use drugs and drug use will become rampant. How do military leaders say no to it after allowing acknowledged drug users to join in the first place? This is going to be the 1960’s and ‘70’s all over again.
Just a reminder, pot is still a federal crime despite the unconstitutional laws passed at some state and local levels. Marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Thus, accepting a recruit who acknowledges using pot is accepting a criminal who has violated a Federal statute.
Is lowering standards the way to attract top talent? No, that’s idiotic. The Marine Corps had this figured out long ago. Their means of recruiting top talent was to market themselves as too good for you to join. Their ads basically said that they didn’t think you had what it takes and they didn’t want you. That approach ensured that only the best sought to join. Of course, the Marines are no longer elite and now will accept anyone but once upon a time they knew better.
Every time I think the military has hit bottom, they literally lower the bar. I weep for my country.
Now, having said all that, I’ll offer a partial solution. I’m utterly against women and unqualified men in combat. However, not all jobs in the military are combat. In modern times there are many jobs that do not require any great degree of physical fitness at all. I’m talking mainly about administrative and computing jobs. I would have no problem with creating a separate branch or sub-section of the military that had no physical fitness standards. Computer geeks and women can work these jobs to their heart’s content. Of course, they would not be considered “soldiers” – that would be an insult to real soldiers. They would be part of a support corps. They would be valuable, often extremely so, but would not be entitled to be called soldiers.
(1)Military Times website, “The military may relax recruiting standards for fitness and pot use“, Andrew Tilghman,