But a perspective insistent that the purpose of the military is anything other than the protection of the nation through the use of force is an incipient form of totalitarianism.
In his commentary and in a follow up interview on Fox and Friends, this academic who himself never served day one in the military now pushing this requirement as ideal for everyone else insists that this will resolve the epidemic sense of entitlement pervasive among the nation’s youth and reverse the impact of a decaying system of education.
But will it or merely transfer the problem elsewhere?
For while many to come out of the military are first rate people, others are nearly as obnoxious as the Millennials Buckley apparently has an issue with.
A number increasingly demand preferences or set asides akin to something like affirmative action.
Others nearly threaten violence against you if you dare articulate an opinion at odds with the policy preferences of organized veterans’ rackets.
And if the best among us come out of the military sounding as if they are in need of comprehensive resocialization before obtaining basic civilian employment, is the education available through this otherwise venerable governmental institution as first rate as this professor would lead taxpayers to believe?
By Frederick Meekins