Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Don't be fooled. The military parade isn't about Trump, it's about recruiting being terrible!

via NPR
President Trump, apparently inspired by the Bastille Day parade he witnessed last summer during a trip to Paris, has ordered the Pentagon to look into staging something similar — but naturally bigger and better — for Washington, D.C., the White House confirmed Tuesday.

A U.S. official has confirmed the request to NPR. On Tuesday evening, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders shared in a statement that "President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe." She added, "He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation."
Story here. 

Don't be fooled.  The story about Trump wanting a military parade isn't about Trump's desires, its about military leadership about to go batshit crazy because recruiting is the hurt locker...about to take a massive shit all over the career force.

That's really just part of the story.

The other part is the career force.  Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen are punching out like the plane is on fire and even though they're over a volcano they're not gonna ride this bad boy in.

We'll touch on the career force later.  Right now we need to focus on the bubbas that went on the recruiting trail thinking they'd get every night at home with the wife and kids while on a smooth trajectory toward promotion.


I've talked to a couple of the bubbas and they're telling tales of agony and woe.  I'm talking about guys who are telling me that they want back to the fleet so bad it hurts.  I've been told by more than one person that for all the bullshit they have to deal with in the fleet it's ten times worse on the trail.

So yeah. 

If Trump pushed the idea of a military parade and military leadership thought it a bad idea they would have squashed it in a heartbreak.

They didn't.

They're pushing for a 4th of July display in Washington DC with all branches highlighted.

So again.  This isn't about Trump.  This is about a new attempt to boost recruiting numbers that are down for all the services.

Why is that?  I have my theories.  What are yours?

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