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05/22/2010

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HP

Yeah, 'cause four years to get a degree, getting a commission, two years spent learning to fly, and then getting mission qualified and upgraded, then going to combat is totally NOT working for a living...

But I digress. It's easy to point fingers at the Academies, and yes, there's a lot of silly and frustrating things. But let's have somebody who's actually gone through one, come up with a better way of doing it - oh, wait, we've had graduates running the Academies for decades, and they haven't come up with much better ways, either.

They've got their flaws, like anywhere, and manage them pretty well - but when you task an institution with commissioning better officers out of teens, and get them a four-year degree in the process, and run it all with a finite staff and getting upperclassmen leadership experience by leading their latter years...there's only so much you can do. This is nothing new. As The Last Psychiatrist would say, all this has happened before, and all this will happen again.

The Viking

Haha I was just kidding around, the whole working for a living line is an old joke that our NCOs throw at us when we call them "sir." My reasons for not trying to get into an officer program are personal; basically, the job I took was only offered to enlisted. Any other job in the military, I'd rather go the officer route.

Your point is well taken though, thanks. I've met great officers from ROTC and great officers from the academy.

HP

My personal stance is that it's all about potentials.

I've seen good and bad officers from the Academies, from ROTC, and from OTS. Sometimes you get people that you couldn't turn into a better officer no matter what their commissioning source, and sometimes you get born leaders who will be great no matter who throws a bar on their shoulder. But for a given person, I think the Academies offer the greatest potential and opportunities for training and experience on the way to commissioning.

And much as I sometimes grind my teeth at the image of the lazy, know-nothing officer who has to be led around by the hand by his wise, hard-working honorable NCOs...well, I've known a few of those, too.

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