Generally, the American Military understands and accepts three major tenets. (1) The mission to defend America. (2) A kind of subset to this is the paramount need to kill people and break things. (3) It also understands that it serves under a civilian Commander-in-Chief, who all too frequently has little or no military experience. It appears to be the luck of the draw whether the Military takes orders from a supportive and somewhat experienced CinC or a President who has jaundiced opinion of our Armed Forces.
President Eisenhower is obviously the prime example of a man who totally understands and supports our military. Carter served in the Navy and for that should be commended. George the Senior was a commissioned oficer and did extremely well in combat. Dubya was a pilot in the Guard and that was reasonably OK. Clinton stated he “loathed” the military and Obama is beyond contempt, although he teleprompters his
“deep seated appreciation.”
Most of the time the military does what it is ordered to do, no matter who is President. It is currently announcing a plan to shrink our forces dramatically. An action serious military analyists find beyond worrisome. Reducing our forces to 1930s levels in the face of Iran’s continued development of nukes and it’s threats to destroy Israel is one concern. North Korea change of leadership to “Unnn” is another. There are others. However, the military will just “soldier on.”
This is fine but sometimes “soldiering on” is not always what it seems to be. Political Correctness appears to have invaded Army thinking. No one ordered the Army to do what it did. They apparently could not resist affirmative action’s swan song. After all, evidence certainly supports that affirmative action gave us our President and his First Lady.
In September 2009, the Army (which was now reporting directly to Obama) appointed the first woman ever as Command Sergeant Major of the US Army’s Drill Sergeant School. The affirmative action folks went bananas. Appointee Teresa King wasn’t just any female, she was also BLACK! It was a two-fer for political correctness. If the newly annoited Command Sergeant Major had just been black, female, battle-hardened and brilliant all would have been fine. Guess two of four is not really really bad, But then again, maybe it is. Looks like she was far more decorative than functional.
The CSM had never ever been anywhere near a battle zone, which makes gaining the respect of her battle-hardened veteran students well nigh impossible. Obviously, King had zero combat badges. This is understandable when looking at her various assignments as she came up through the ranks. She was an Administrative Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff at the Pentagon. She served in the 18th Personnel Service Battalion after DC and then went to Korea as First Sergeant for the 19th Adjutant General (Postal) at Camp Casey. She also served in Brussels/NATO. Her assignment prior to the Drill Sergeant CSM position was with the 369th Adjutant General Battalion at Fort Jackson.
CSM Teresa King
The CSMs awards are numerous if not the same kind of ribbons many/most combat veterans display on their uniforms. Just a few are: The Defense Meritorious Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Secretary of Defense ID Badge, and the Army Service Ribbon.
This is one splendid display of political correctness and Affirmative Action. Many were pleased. What went wrong?
CSM King has been suspended from her position. This much has been reported by the controlled press. But what you haven’t been told is the reason why such drastic action has been taken. This is sure to embarrass the Army.
Apparently King was having a sexual relationship with a lower-ranking soldier. In addition to this, she had a drinking problem. To make matters worse, her reported college degrees weren’t worth the paper they were printed on. Her degree in Business Management from Alameda College was granted her for “life-experience” plus a bit of cash. Another degree came from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Once again, this unaccredited diploma mill gave her the diploma for money.
Want to bet that the military very much wants all this to go away? They probably want to retire her. In any case, this has got to be a big setback for diversity in senior NCO ranks, a major problem for political correctness , and a blow for affirmative action.