The Air Force cult

There is too much cult to the U.S. Air Force. There’s the military installation itself to any Air Force Base, but then you’ve got a large “residential” area, which is honestly a little too classy to be “military” as such. There are officers’ quarters and homes for enlisted men with wives and children. They even have high schools on Air Force bases. (Think about some high school kids getting in a fight talking about their fathers’ respective military rank…)

Officers have a “top secret” clearance, and enlistees have “secret.” There’s a presumption of “top secret” classification for any sort of discussion involving some officers of some matter or another about which they really don’t want to be hearing complaints in the enlisted men’s barracks or mess hall. It’s usually a gross over-classification of information which if relevant is almost certainly known to the enemy already, by the time it’s openly discussed among officers or stored in an official government computer system, unless they’re pressing charges against somebody like Chelsea Manning.

A more effective strategy is needed. Kids have to be kids, and they’ve got to be allowed to make life choices and change their minds without being subjected by adults to excessive and arbitrarily imposed lifetime consequences. We need to get the schools off the military bases.

You can’t be such a “resident” anywhere as a member of the armed forces when the enemy always wants to know where you live. There’s too much renter’s insurance and furniture etc.

Kids who grow up with parents in the Air Force may not wish to have a military career of their own at all, and if they are interested in the military, they might want to join a different branch; yet they face a social stigma in that case: “You could have joined the Air Force. What are you doing in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, etc.?”

Or else you’re too old, or you never could have joined the military in the first place on some technicality or another even if you wanted to. Or people get out of the military, and then they fraternize at a VFW hall or American Legion or any number of clubs to which some are welcome and others are not.

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