I’ve talked about this subject often and most recently in reference to the ending of the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course, the combat endurance test. Yes, my concern is that we’re aligning the U.S. military with civilian culture, and pressing a detrimental social engineering agenda for our military readiness. Lo and behold, this recent story truly confirmed my worst concerns and fears.
As reported by Fox News, “The Navy is investigating allegations of a drug ring at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., involving roughly 10 midshipmen, according to a senior Naval Academy official with knowledge of the investigation.
Three midshipmen are accused of selling cocaine, ketamine (a powerful sedative) and LSD to their classmates purchased on the dark web using Bitcoin, according to three midshipmen currently enrolled at the school. No formal charges have been brought against the midshipmen during the investigation, which began nearly three months ago after a midshipman reported the drug dealing to authorities. Midshipmen sources estimated the number of students under investigation to be as high as roughly two-dozen, despite the lower official estimate.
In a sign of how seriously Naval Academy officials are taking the alleged drug use, the second in command of the school, Capt. Robert B. Chadwick II, ordered a surprise drug test for all the midshipmen at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. The entire Brigade of Midshipmen totals 4,500. Normally, senior midshipmen leaders are given a heads up about drug tests the night before, and the tests are given only at the company level — involving about 150 midshipmen at a time. Not so in this case, according to one of the midshipmen. Instead, all 4,500 were tested at the same time.
We already know about the black female West Point Cadets who made the Black Lives Matter symbol, but were allowed to graduate. Also, don’t forget Army Lieutenant Spenser Rapone, a West Point graduate under investigation for his socialist views and anti-American rants. The Air Force Academy also had a scandal with a black cadet who claimed racial harassment then it was discovered that the racist graffiti was done by the cadet himself.
It’s not just the gender dysphoria and women in combat duty positions social agendas, but there appears to be a distinct lack of character making its way into the hallowed halls of our service academies. And this is by no means an indictment of the approximately 4,500 cadets who attend West Point, Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy. I, unlike the progressive socialist left, do not believe in collective demonization…per the NRA boycotts.
We can ponder what’s happening in the interview process. We can ask ourselves if the standards been lowered. Or does personal character and integrity have the same meaning and prominence in the cadet screening process? The real issue is how did we get to this point where the civilian culture has penetrated these institutions, once greatly revered as bastions of honor, integrity, and character? Just recently two male US Army captains were “married” at the West Point Chapel. I watched the picture of the two officers embracing, kissing, under the saber arch, and I just asked myself, what would General George Patton, a West Point graduate, have to say?
I think it’s better for America to follow the lead of our military. There have been many incredible military innovations, such as the internet, but there is a greater calling to service, sacrifice and commitment that the military instills in an American. Instead of reading about a drug raid at the U.S. Naval Academy, it should be the traits of our military that permeate our society. Then again, we want legalized drug use, so imagine the Air Force Academy cadet in Colorado who is off duty and takes a hit in Denver. That’s not exactly the type of person I want flying close air support for our ground troops…or being a navigator on a C-17 aircraft dropping our Paratroopers.
Yes, some traditions of our military may no longer fit into or twenty-first century society. However, the traditions of duty, honor, country, selfless service, courage, commitment, and character are timeless.
[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]