A Little Military News

I am always giving my thoughts on news that most people find not very interesting……and then I force feed them news that cannot ever use…..

This time it is news out of the military and into your PC……

The Marine Corps has said that most of its recruits need a drug waiver to enlist……

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. David Berger said that “the vast majority of recruits require drug waivers for enlistment” in his planning guidance, which was posted late Tuesday.

The top Marine also said he was “deeply troubled” by the number of Marines who have not been booted from the Corps despite failing a drug test. Berger noted that out of the 2,410 Marines since fiscal year 2018 that have failed a drug test only 1,175 have been separated.

So is the Corps facing a major drug crisis? The data says the issue is a little more convoluted.

The number of positive drug tests among Marines has dropped from 4,776 in fiscal year 2009 to just 1,216 in fiscal 2019. The drug test figures — obtained by Marine Corps Times on July 15 through a government records request — show a general downward trend in positive drug tests over the past decade. The reason for the drop is unknown.

https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2019/07/18/top-marine-says-most-marine-recruits-require-a-drug-waiver-but-does-the-marine-corps-have-a-drug-problem/

It looks like the debate on what age for service is possible…..they are looking at 16 years of age……

The best way to fix the U.S. armed forces’ recruiting challenges may involve dipping further into the nation’s high schools.

As the Army, Navy and other services contend with a thriving economy and a directive to expand their ranks, there is a growing debate over whether the military should consider lowering the minimum enlistment age from 17 to 16. More than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, already have adopted the policy.

Critics say the idea is deeply flawed and presents a host of societal problems, but supporters argue that the Pentagon needs to think outside the box if it wants to continually overcome one of the toughest recruiting environments in decades.

https://outline.com/tt2jHP

I have a solution to this problem…..re-instate the draft and they can get all the fodder they need for their useless wars.

Finally the military is fighting a silent killer……

Sgt. Sylvester Cline didn’t have to die. The 32-year-old Iraq veteran was training at Fort Chaffee in Arkansas in June 2016 under grueling heat when he fell ill and was rushed to a nearby hospital—where heat exposure took his life. And he isn’t the military’s only heat-related casualty in recent years, NBC News reports. Since 2008, at least 17 service members have died of heat exposure while training at US bases, and cases of heat exhaustion or heatstroke among active-duty troops rose from 1,766 in 2008 to 2,792 in 2018, per military data. But the Pentagon is still wrestling with a basic problem: how to develop a heat-prevention strategy and educate officers about it while preparing troops to fight in hot places like North Africa and the Middle East.

Then there’s climate change: “No one is going to talk about climate change because of the political aspect and who is in the White House,” says a military official who chose to stay anonymous. But Maj. Meghan, a Fort Benning doctor who calls climate change “an obvious statement of fact,” helped create an Army “heat center” for medics and wrote a white paper about the growing threat, per the Daily News. Defense officials say they’re also creating new gear and technology to keep troops cool. In Cline’s case, two officers were punished—unfairly, they say—while Cline’s mother, Shirley, is still trying to control her anger. “They know it’s going to get hot; they know it,” she says. “So when they know it, what are they doing about it?” (Read the full article here.)

Bad enough that war could kill the trooper and now they must worry about heat stroke as well…..I have a plan to eliminate that problem!

End all the worthless wars and bring the troops home to A/C……

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Sunday Thoughts

Retirement!

AS a Baby Boomer I am enjoying my retirement but sadly too many Americans cannot say the same thing…..too many find themselves in poverty after retirement….we all have heard about the elderly couple that has resorted to eating cat food….right?

This is a situation that should never have happened…..originally Social Security was to help prevent this but too many cowardly presidents, both parties, have seen fit to tap the SS funds to pay for pet projects.

Retirement should NEVER mean poverty!

Vivian Majors spent her life cleaning houses while her husband, Martin, worked as a carpenter.

Their bodies broke down in their 60s. Martin now lives in a nursing home and has Parkinson’s disease. Vivian, now 71, lives on her own and ekes by on a $960 in social security, plus $50 in food stamps.

Hardened by years of physically taxing work that left her hovering around the poverty line, Majors, now retired, is girding herself for more years of financial hardship.

Social Security supposedly wiped out the scourge of old-age poverty. But inequality has widened the gap between the secure and insecure in all age groups, exposing American seniors to financial distress in ways that often go unnoticed.

According to research from the University of Massachusetts Boston, material hardship bedevils millions of Americans like Majors.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/29/retirement-shouldnt-mean-poverty

The big news of the day is the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso,,,,,,,

A suspect is in custody after a mass shooting left 20 people dead at a Texas Walmart on Saturday, the New York Times reports. Police say a gunman entered the store with an AK-47-style rifle and opened fire just before 11am, injuring 26 others and causing general panic before giving himself up to police. Officials are considering capital murder charges for the man in custody, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, and are reading an anti-immigrant manifesto to see whether the gunman wrote it—which could turn the massacre into a terrorist act or federal hate crime. “Hispanics will take control of the local and state government of my beloved Texas, changing policy to better suit their needs,” reads the manifesto, which says more Hispanics will make Texas “a Democrat stronghold.”

Over 1,000 customers and 100 employees were in the store at the time, including children holding a fundraiser, who were among those shot by the gunman, the El Paso Timesreports. “We heard shots and saw smoke,” says an eyewitness who works at McDonald’s in the store. “I saw a man on the floor full of blood.” A customer says he saw “people crying: children, old people, all in shock,” including a baby partly covered in blood. Nearby hospitals are treating the wounded, whose conditions and ages vary widely. The New York Times notes that El Paso is a mostly Hispanic city that has been flooded with thousands of Central American migrant families in recent months. “Terrible shootings in El Paso, Texas,” President Trump tweeted. “Reports are very bad, many killed.”

While the country was hearing all about this particular shooting there was more news….some mass shooting was a popular activity for the weekend…..

https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/crime–law/police-responding-active-shooting-oregon-district/dHOvgFCs726CylnDLdZQxM/

10 dead, including suspect, in Dayton, Ohio mass shooting

The sad part about this other than the loss of life is that society is so nonchalant about these attacks….it has become so commonplace that few seem to care.

I cannot wait to see what worthless reporting will do to change things.

I’m disgusted!

“Lego Ergo Sum”