Hey liberals, here’s the real elite one-percenters in America

You might recall the disheartening comments about the ROTC program from a student at Brown University which we wrote about here.

This misguided fella actually referred to ROTC as a program that trains “criminals” who go out and engage in violent actions for the United States with some warped ideal of imperialism. This somewhat relates to the NBC reporter, who on MSNBC asserted that U.S. Navy SEAL Sniper Chris Kyle was going out on “killing sprees.”

What has become of our culture that we allow such disdainful and disrespectful comments of our honored warriors? How did we come to this point where these supposed elitists see themselves above those who stand guard on freedom’s ramparts bequeathing them the right to castigate those who protect in such a derisive manner?

Well, perhaps we’ve been looking at this the wrong way. Maybe that Brown University student and the NBC reporter aren’t the real American elites. I would propose it is the Warrior caste which is the exclusive 1 percent in America.

Folks, I can prove it. On Friday afternoon I had the distinct pleasure and honor to spend some time with the Soldiers and civilian men and women of the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion “Dallas Rangers” under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Robert S. Patton.

We had a great sit-down and went through a command brief that laid out the mission and organization of the unit that spreads from the Texas-Louisiana border up into Oklahoma and over to the New Mexico border and down encompassing Ft. Hood to College Station, covered by his 349 member strength battalion.

But it was the statistics he shared with me defining the Army recruiting demographic that were most distressing — and alarming about our culture. But reflective of whom the true elites are in our Republic.

The recruiting pool for the U.S. Army is individuals between 17 and 24 years old. But get this, 71 percent would not qualify to join the Army. Let me repeat that, 71 percent of 17-24 year olds in America would not qualify for our oldest branch on the Armed Services.

What are the major disqualifiers? First, some 31 percent cannot join because of multiple felonies and other moral issues such as drug use or other law violations. Yep, that is correct, the days of old where kids were told jail or the Army are no more. There’s actually still a place where moral character means something.

So these states which are legalizing marijuana use – that’s fine, but these kids will not enter into our military service. After all, who wants a drug user on the rifle range? Is this a reflection of a lack of moral character in our American society as a whole?

The other major category that disqualifies 17 to 24-year-olds is lack of fitness/obesity and other medical issues. You see the kids in America today have really strong thumbs from texting and video games, but are hard pressed to run around the block.

I remember the days of old when our parents had to yell and scream — sometimes threaten us — to make us come into the house. We didn’t want to be relegated to the four walls of confinement, and on my street of Kennesaw Avenue several of us asked for bench press sets for Christmas. You see, back in the day girls didn’t like boys who wore “skinny jeans.” We’d race up and down the street to prove the fastest fella on Kennesaw Avenue.

And I saw the witnessed new Soldiers’ decreasing level of fitness as I progressed during my years in the military. Back when I entered and my first assignment was an Airborne Battalion in Vicenza Italy, six-mile runs with 35 pound rucksack in boots was the norm. Now of course, folks will say that’s detrimental to the body — yep, and so is humping mountains with 70-80 pound rucksacks. It’s about a physical toughness, and sadly our culture seems to minimize that quality in favor of social egalitarianism.

Only two percent can’t qualify for the Army now due to aptitude/academic issues, so the major disqualifying points have to do with moral and physical standards.

Now understand, of the 29 percent who could qualify, here is the breakdown that LTC Patton and his staff shared with me. Only 15 percent of individuals age 17 to 24 have any interest in joining the military. Only one percent is serious enough to speak with a recruiter, and only half of a percent join. I just have to wonder what the recruiting statistics for Islamic terrorists and jihadists are? Yep, we’re cutting back on our military, and as LTC Patton expressed, that 71 percent unqualified number is on a glide path to reach 80 percent by 2020, just five years from now.

So you want to talk about the elite? They’re the ones wearing the uniform of the United States. As I sat there listening to the staff briefing me on the challenges they face — being rejected and the push back in the community — I thought of the fella the state of Texas produced. He ended up being the most decorated Soldier of World War II, Audie Murphy. If you don’t know the story, well, read up on it yourself. This young man defied his mother and joined the Army under age. He was the embodiment of the “Dog-Faced Soldier,” a Marne Man of the US 3rd Infantry Division blessed to play himself in the movie “To Hell and Back.” As I thought of Murphy, I reflected on the sons of Texas Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell.

These are the real elites in America who answer a call unlike any other — the call to serve, sacrifice, and commit to something greater than themselves. And so LTC Patton and his battalion seek not only to find those who are willing to respond as it says in Isaiah 6:8, responding “Here am I, send Me,” they seek to rectify the cultural demise they witness daily. They get involved in PT fitness programs for elementary school-aged kids. And check out the March2Success program, www.march2success.com.

You see, not everyone can measure up to the standard of being a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, or Coast Guardsman — but we all can strive to restore our basic and fundamental moral and cultural values. Hat tip and salute to the men and women of the Dallas Rangers Battalion.

Army Strong! And this ol’ Soldier is doggone proud of y’all.


  1. I thank the men, women and MWDs, both active duty, reserve, Guard and veteran and especially those KIA, of the US Armed Forces for their service to our country. God Bless them all.

  2. Liberals live in a fantasy world where everyone loves everyone else and military are not needed. Enjoy your fairies and unicorns liberals while the rest of us make your luxury dreaming possible.

    • Sadly, all didn’t give some anymore.

      In all reality now, many don’t give anything and are instead on the take.

      But yes, a large part of our nation is in freefall.

  3. When I was in the Corp 99% of them smoked pot. You would be surprised just how prevalent smoking pot is today, even in Iraq or Afghanistan. Heck there are videos of soldiers in pot fields enjoying the day.

    I for one think the war on drugs was created by the pharmaceutical companies because they wanted a monopoly on manufactured drugs. Look up Harry J. Anslinger.

    • Had I caught them smoking pot in-country, I would have whooped their asses! Pot makes you lazy, sluggish and stupid. Three qualities that will get them and their battle buddies KIA.

      -97E 504th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne US ARMY 98-05 WIA Afghanistan

  4. I’m a granddaughter, daughter, and cousin of Army and Air Force enlisted, and I fully support our men and women of our Armed Forces. As Col. West astutely notes, the are the true 1% ers. God bless them all and protect them.

    • There was not a whole lot of Army in my family,save for my Great Grandfather and I. He was in the First Cavalry Division and fought on horseback in World War One France. Me, I deployed to Afghanistan in 01 and several more times up until I was WIA in 05.

      Most of what we have in my family is Navy. Both grandfathers were Navy (one served on a Destroyer in the Pacific War, until it was sunk. The other enlisted shortly before the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He remained in through the Korean and Vietnam Wars, rising from E1 to E9, WO1 to WO4 and Ensign to Commander (Limited Duty Officer, as an Aviation Ordinance man).

      That grandfather’s two youngest (of 7),twin brother and sister, both enlisted in the Marine Corps in the 80s. My father enlisted in the Navy in 75, as did most of his brothers.

      Finally, I have two great uncles that flew B52s (one pilot, one navigator) over North Vietnam, including over Hanoi.

      I myself was an Army 97E, deployed to the Stan with the 504th Parachute Infantry of the 82nd Airborne, because I spoke (brain injury destroyed nearly 20 years of memory, so I don’t speak them any longer) both Arabic and Pashtu (courtesy of the Defense Language Institute).

      I am now permanently disabled and wouldn’t qualify for service, even without the disabling brain injury (ends up that I have a serious kidney disease that requires dialysis, which is where I am at right now as I type this).

  5. proud of those young men for joining the army. ive read alot of posts here, and one thing is true alot of the younger generation dont have the morals or the courage to join. when i joined i was thankful and glad they allowed me to join, and was proud of joining. my family as well was very proud. today it seems to be frowned upon. i hear people say well why didnt you just go to college. to me going to college meant nothing. i wanted to do something that meant more than a piece of paper saying i have a degree. i wanted to do something that was honorable, and to make a difference. so i did it, and ended up retiring from the U.S Air Force. it was the best choice i ever made for my life, best job i ever had too. i would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

  6. After serving 27+ years in the Air Force myself, I’m proud that I can put two blue stars in my window for having two of my kids serving. But what scares me is the number of kids who, like mine, follow in their parents footsteps. If you factor them out, I think the percentage serving would be even scarier. Thank heavens that so many military parents raised their children with such a love of this country. God bless the Gold Star parents, we can never thank you enough.

  7. In matters of service I never listen to those that haven’t served. So this person’s opinion regarding the ROTC and the military service of of others is not worth mentioning again. But remember this you have these rights because there were men and women that said we will protect and defend your rights to freely speak. So I speak for all of us who have served and for those that can no longer speak. Because they gave us everything they ever be and everything they ever would be fighting for those rights on foreign soils. God Bless American and all that have or ever will serve. We are a true band of brothers regardless of service.

  8. It’s funny how you think only conservatives want to serve for this county. I don’t remember being asked my voting record when I signed up for service.
    I wonder how many liberals, gays, feminists, atheist, etc are buried in military cemeteries?

    • I can recall, vividly, only two “liberals” or “gays” that I ever encountered during my time in service.

      The Liberal was while I was assigned to the 82nd. He whined about deploying for Afghanistan (my second tour). He ended up getting his wish, though he probably wishes that he hadn’t. They reassigned him to Kuwait.

      Then there was the one gay. He wasn’t “out”, but in the service, everyone knows just who is gay or not. He ended up whining that he missed home (we were in Japan), and was summarily shipped home since we were involved in sensitive work while there and did not have the time for petty distractions.

      I don’t know what became of either of them, but I’m pretty sure that neither ended up with an Honorable Discharge. Even the military has it’s share of slackers and trash.

      PS: In the Army, there is no “liberal”, “Gay”, “feminist”, “atheist” “black” “hispanic” or “white”. There is only the Army. Everything else is divisive and unbecoming of a soldier. You can be theistic or atheistic, but it cannot impede in your ability to perform your duties or come between you and your fellow soldiers. If it does become an issue, then you shouldn’t be serving and should be discharged. Period.

      Deal with it and shut up.

  9. My son was JROTC in high school. He loved every minute of it. After high he decided to join the U.S. Air Force. He was killed active duty 5 years ago and was buried with military honors next to his grand father who was a combat medic for Pattons’ 3rd Army in WW2. To those who try to shout down ROTC you’re are clueless and ignorant.

  10. I was a Navy Corpsman and I absolutely salute Lt. Col. West and all others who serve, But I gotta tell ya, there is no way in hell I’m letting my son serve under a Commander In Chief like the one currently residing a 1600 Penn. Ave. This POS President wouldn’t think twice about leaving a man/men behind…(Benghazi). And he has no problem with providing them with limited resources to do their job or telling the enemy when and where we will attack and when we will leave. He is a traitor pure and simple.


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