Kerry Thinks Soldiers Dumb Dr. Michael Ford 1 November 2006 When I entered my last two years of High School, my plan had been to spend my last two summers drilling with the Navy headstart program, and enter the Marine Corps upon graduation. One of the things immediately impressed upon me was how well educated Navy personnel were. Many were not only highly trained in their specialties and cross-trained in others, they were also involved in a lot of other interests that unlearned people do not participate in. Later on, when I was immersed into a military that was in those days not all volunteer, I began to learn about the professional military man as opposed to the drafted and even the enlistee. In that time people were not usually thought of as career people until they had at least four years service under their belts. Officers had, as a rule, at least a four-year bachelor degree. There was a hierarchy among officers with Military Academy graduates heading the list. Regular commission officers were ahead of Reserve officers, who could lose their rank or commission more readily. Warrant Officers were in a nether world, not quite real officers and no longer enlisted men, but technically expert. What most civilians and many junior officers did not realize was that a great many senior NCOs were as well or better educated than the officers who lead them. Some had been too old to get a commission by the time they got their education, others chose to be Non-commissioned officers out of a disdain for many of the officers they had to deal with. One of the reasons was that in those days many NCOs had tailored their formal education to make them better equipped to function in their professional military jobs. Many officers, like Senator Kerry, had educations that had little to do with what they were about in the military. As we recovered from the Vietnam Warís damage and weeded out riffraff like Senator Kerry, many military, officer and enlisted, worked hard on increasing general standards. At the same time many were working on their own educations, often at their own expense, so they could be the best they could possibly be. These people were smarter than Kerry. The proof is they donít have his record of dumb remarks.
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