Our New, Improved USMC, training with Cambodian Marines. Notice anything missing? DOD Photo.
They’re not paying much attention to the wars; they’re not really interested. Instead, the E-Ring is focused on something called the Force of the Future. If you’re imagining whiz-bang weapons, cutting-edge technology, and pushing the limits of human performance, you’ve been reading science fiction, not DOD position papers.
Come on: this is Ashton Carter and a bunch of other political appointees we’re talking about. If you’re expecting anything but racialist, destructive-of-tradition claptrap, you’ve overestimated them.
The latest tranche of Force of the Future bullshit is personnel stuff, and it’s nothing that the Assistant Vice Deputy Underprovost for Diverse Vibrancy at Community College University couldn’t have written in zhir (or maybe it’s zhiz?) sleep.
The fifth and sixth elements of FOTF are “enhancing the department’s geographic and demographic reach,” (translation: diversity bullshit), and “invigorating ROTC programs” with, you guessed it, more diversity bullshit. Some Fifth Link bullets, platitudes and jargon nests:
• Using the Joint Advertising Marketing Research and Studies program, or JAMRS, to develop a new DoD-wide marketing campaign on the value of military service, build recognition of the DoD brand, and grow propensity to serve. The campaign will be developed in 2017 for planned launch in 2018.
Translation: elect a new Army with people Ash Carter and friends prefer to the people who are their now. Egads! The wrong people are volunteering. They must be stopped!
• Strengthening outreach efforts to better communicate the value of military service to potential service members and their parents, teachers and coaches.
Like we said, the wrong people are joining. We must make an all out effort to get the right people.
Speakers bureau launches with today’s speech from Secretary Carter.
Oh, that will definitely recruit kids today: speeches from empty-suit career politicians.
• Immediately building a menu of recruiting program options for the services, including steps to reach young talent with unique skills and interests.
Translation: IQ is overrated, we need more midnight basketball operators, and “aspiring rappers” who are “turning their lives around.”
• Expanding partnerships with community groups.
Translation: DOD “walking-around money” for urban rackets to keep them running between the quadrennial get-out-the-vote cash deluge.
• Analyzing and applying lessons from service-led efforts to target specific demographic groups (such as Army outreach to African-Americans and Marine Corps outreach to Hispanics) and geographic locations (such as Air Force recruiting drives in the Northeast and Navy efforts in the Mid-South).
Yeah, we need fewer of the people we’re recruiting, and more quotas for more groups, because nothing makes people love each other and work together seamlessly than selecting and promoting them by things like race and not things like merit or performance.
• Working with top tier universities on implementing legislation designed to improve ROTC student access to financial aid.
Because, the most important thing we can do with the Army is fill it with more of the Totally Top Tier Acela princelings that have turned everything else to feces, just by touching it.
• Offering more graduate school scholarships.
Because you can’t get normal, healthy 18 year olds’ heads completely screwed on wrong in just four years. Look, we’ve got a graduate degree (and some certificates), and most of it in highly quantitative fields. Do soldiers, or officers, need that? Hell, no. It’s creeping credentialism.
• Rewarding ROTC cadets for tackling more rigorous academic courses.
This actually sounds like a good idea, but the devil is in the implementation. You know this is going to wind up washed out to Grievance Studies.
• Expanding outreach to potential female and minority cadets in science, math and technology fields.
Yeah, because we need to have our own quotas to match the quotas every other agency in government, and every regulated business, has to meet.
• Offering internships or summer training tailored to ROTC students in some majors.
Hey, you could get those grievance studies cadets working on making the Army better through Moar Trannies!
• Developing tools to better assess effectiveness of ROTC programs.
What is wrong with the OER? (Quite a lot, actually, but the Army’s problem is not “not enough fiddly personnel management tools.” It’s more nearly “too little authority over personnel management for commanders.”
• Piloting a multi-service ROTC unit model.
Yeah, because since we already have reached a decision that the only thing about the services that counts is their utility for social engineering, why have any differences between them.
• Identifying successful units in underserved areas for lessons in expanding ROTC’s geographic and demographic reach.
And we’re back to quotas, “underserved areas” usually meaning places where the college-age kids are mostly on parole or probation already, and not exactly officer material.
Not that that will stop Hurricane Ash.
via Secretary Carter Unveils Latest Force of the Future Initiatives > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > News Release View.