A retired Air Force Officer recently returned to the Academy for his 30-year reunion. What he found left him stunned.
The article outlines example after example of how standards have gone lax since his time there. Decreased discipline. Eroded formalities. Traditions forgotten.
That may read as: Back in MY day . . .
However, he also illustrates how the strict standards and attention to detail made cadets into the kind of person with the mental and emotional toughness to endure the rigors of war.
It begs a question: Are we under preparing service members for war?
Hazing has no place in the military, any more than it belongs in any home or workplace. However, one has to wonder if relaxed standards are opening the door for Post Traumatic Stress and other mental health issues for service members . . .