Resisting the Bent Knee; Happy Birthday Marine Corps by Yankee Papa

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by Will Rodriguez 10 Comments
Yankee Papa 1969.

Every year I wish my fellow Marines all the best on the occasion of the Birthday of our beloved Marine Corps.  I also remind them that though the Corps is positively besotted with glory… other services have done their part as well.  No Marines died at Shiloh or Gettysburg or Bastogne or the Ia Drang… and only one at the Little Big Horn.

 

A new Commandant gives us at least some hope for an improvement in the running of the Marine Corps.  But PC has impacted the Corps as it has other services.  Army ROTC cadets forced to wear women’s high heels with their uniforms for a “sensitivity” event…

 

A couple of years back the Corps authorized Marines in dress blues to march in a gay pride event.  No matter the “smoke and mirrors”, the Commandant had to have signed off on it.   A fair number of gay Marines probably shunned the event for fear that some idiot would wear a dog collar with his uniform… others simply because the uniform is not worn at events that can be viewed as having political overtones.

 

Had some officer… from the Commandant on down… authorized the wearing of the uniform at a National Rifle Association convention… his career would be over.  Yet both events perfectly legal.   But the latter would have caused a firestorm from the administration.  Both events improper venues for the uniform… but the Corps high brass either yielded to… or was in terror of… heat from politicos.

 

Just as with our comrades in other services, we are faced with massive pressure to qualify significant numbers of women for combat arms… including infantry.  To date the result among female officer and enlisted trainees has been dismal for those politicos more interested in social metaphysics than in the defense of the Republic.  But this train will run on time… whether it involves lowering the standards, giving “special assistance” to the candidates… or just “holding a pistol” at the careers of the instructors and school commanders… the desired results will eventually be achieved if this goes on long enough.

 YP (L) ITR 1968.

YP (L) ITR 1968.

 

I got to ITR (Infantry Training Regiment) in 1968… followed by BITS.  In terms of fitness, I was somewhere in the top half of the trainees… nothing special (5′ 10″, 130 lbs…)  But almost every lad graduated from Infantry training.   It was “rigorous”, but it was not an “iron man” competition.   Yet a very large % of females who have graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Training… fail the course.   The attempts will continue…

 

The Marine Corps has survived political (and sometimes institutional) stupidity in the past.  For a time after the Civil War politicians used their influence to get (often badly unqualified) sons of political supporters direct commissions as officers in the Corps.  A couple of Commandants in the late 1800s refused to see beyond ship detachments and rejected any idea of what would many decades later evolve into the Fleet Marine Force.  One Commandant even tried to convert the entire Marine Corps into Coastal Artillery… (fortunately the Army insisted on keeping that role…)

 

So, if this doesn’t go on too long… maybe we will get through the “crazy years” with a Corps that inspires pride in its current members… its veterans… and fear into its enemies.

Post WWI recruiting poster.

Post WWI recruiting poster.

 

 

Semper Fidelis,

 

-Yankee Papa-

Be Respectful, Candid and Pertinent. No Posers, No Trolls…
  • Camo_Steve

    Are you concerned that the previous commandant will continue his pc actions in his new position, as CJCS?

  • YankeePapa

    Camo_Steve .
    …General Amos, the previous Commandant is totally retired.  The new (since May) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is Marine General Dunford…  who at least has a Combat Action Ribbon.
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chairman_of_the_Joint_Chiefs_of_Staff#/media/File:Dunford_CJCS.JPG

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    …I have no idea where he stands on PC issues, but as CJSOS most of his day to day responsibilities lie in other areas.  SecDef  is the preferred conduit to pass on administration fiats…
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    -Yankee Papa-

  • Happy Birthday Marine Corps!
    Thanks for the times you’ve been a bulwark against progressivism.

  • YankeePapa

    majrod …Give us khaki uniforms, campaign hats… leggings… and  bolt-action 1903 Springfields and deploy us anywhere in the world.  Of course we’d get shot to pieces… time moves on…  But at least those were days when the Marine Corps regiments were expect to act like “Legions” for the Republic, not a PC social laboratory… 
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    Death Before Disco,
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    -Yankee Papa-

  • YankeePapa Camo_Steve 
    SecDef’s might be the primary source of military targeted progressivism but Generals have been very guilty of toeing the line.
    Adm Mullen and Gen Dempsey were silent on a variety of issues until their last days and they voiced concerns about the world situation.  During crisis they both parroted the administration’s shifting positions e.g. withdrawl from Iraq, Afghanistan, not enough on the ground intel at Benghazi THEN no forces available, Syria non-intervention, Ukraine, gender integration/no standards will change etc. that would often “morph” into a different position when their term of service was coming to a close.
    99% of flag rank officers are politicians today.  I can’t say 100% because just like new species are occasionally discovered on earth, there may be an evolutionary development.

  • Camo_Steve

    YankeePapa Camo_Steve Are you sure? I’m reading the Wikipedia page, and it says that General Dunford was the last Marine commandant until he got promoted to CJCS. Perhaps the Wikipedia page is wrong?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commandant_of_the_Marine_Corps

  • YankeePapa

    majrod YankeePapa Camo_Steve .
    …My point was that PC from the administration not channeled through CJCOS… but rather SECDEF.    On the other hand, I fully agree that flag officers are mostly political creatures (whatever their other strengths or weaknesses may be…) these days.  I rather imagine that the Gay Dress Blue Parade was authorized to satisfy the politicos and show that the brass following the “party line…”
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    …The day may come when the Republic needs another Matt Ridgway… and not have one because these days such officers are either destroyed by “toxic” superiors on their way up… or tell the truth one time too many… or step up and take responsibility for something when most of their contemporaries would duck and run. 
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    …The top brass in this country not taking bribes from drug cartels.  Rather, a different type of corruption among  too many.
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    -Yankee Papa

  • YankeePapa

    Camo_Steve YankeePapa .
    …What has you confused is my reference to “The last Commandant” by which I meant the last one to serve a full term… General Amos.  Dunford only served about six months.  His replacement is General Neller… (who like General Dunford, and unlike General Amos… has a Combat Action Ribbon…)
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Neller#/media/File:Neller_2015_2.jpg

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    -YP-

  • Camo_Steve

    YankeePapa Camo_Steve Thank you for the clarification.

  • Txazz

    Wonderful article and I grew up thinking the Marines were THAT and more.  I still think that.
    God bless our Marines! and God bless America.
    Love your “youngin” picture, too, YP.