For those who are unfamiliar with the basics of the military, there are two main tiers of rank structure: enlisted soldier and commissioned officer.
In the Army, the enlisted man starts out as a Private, typically a 17-year-old high school graduate and advances through several ranks of sergeant, also known as non-commissioned officer (NCO). The enlisted ranks top off with senior NCOs such as Sergeant Major and up.
Army’s commissioned officers start out as Lieutenants, who had just graduated from their university’s ROTC program or from a service academy such as the one at West Point, NY. Lieutenants are promoted to Captain, Major, Colonel, and ultimately to the Generals who command their country’s armed forces.
By doctrine, officers are leaders of the enlisted. And by doctrine and in practice, the experienced enlisted, specifically NCOs or sergeants, are known as the backbone of the Army. The officer is always the senior, so a 50-year-old Sergeant Major will salute the 21-year-old West Point graduate and call him Sir (or ma’am). That’s how it’s always been… but. The young Lieutenant better know who he is: a fresh-face who needs to know when to take charge and when to listen and gain experience as an officer. The sergeant will give him every proper courtesy, but woe to the Second Lieutenant who disrespects a good NCO and their commanding officer hears of this.
I glossed over a lot above, but that’s to give an idea of what that, which follows is about. West Point graduates are newly-commissioned Army officers. The photo is from Time magazine. The article begins with:
The class of cadets preparing to jubilantly toss their caps in the air at the U.S. Military Academy’s graduation ceremony Saturday includes 34 black women, a record number that’s a sign of concerted efforts to diversify West Point’s Long Gray Line.
I don’t know if anyone still reads Time but the article does say that there is still a lot to be done:
West Point remains mostly white and mostly male. The 34 women comprise a thin slice of the roughly 1,000 cadets in the Class of 2019. Sometimes, they’re the only women of color in a classroom. Still, cadets said they’re proud to be part of a milestone at the historic academy after four years of testing their limits.
Help me here. The US military is an asset of globalists (Smedley Butler’s “War is a Racket” speech). There are enemies of central banking to be crushed, Russia to get into a grind with. So why degrade your asset by phasing out the world’s most talented warrior pool, Anglo-Germanic men, instead of keeping them loyal? If that’s because globohomo wants military leaders who will obey an order to run a napalm sortie on White deplorables — they’re putting their chips on the martial prowess of women?
Diversity among military officers makes a right wing coup more, not less, likely because ethnic and racial friction will polarize the upper ranks.
Maybe I’m overthinking, there is no master plan. Maybe the 34 token cadets are the cost of running the multiethnic American empire. Or those of the ruling class are saps: they feel bad when they see natural inequality and discharge that discomfort by celebrating diversity.
People of different identities can work together effectively. Until things become stressful, and then tribalism reasserts itself. In corporate hierarchical structures, cordial relationships among diverse employees of similar intelligence is the norm. The military, even in peacetime, is where stress spikes into the red.
So there is no military cohesion if there is no ethnic cohesion. There are few things enlisted soldiers resent more than officers of an alien culture. Officers of an alien culture, in turn, don’t have much in the way of regard for their enlisted subordinates. A poster on Gab shares this anecdote:
I can assure you, having been an instructor at one of the nation’s academies… nine out of ten of the darker students do not belong, and the white students know it and speak about and admit it in hushed tones when among good company.
It’s driving a rift in the military. When I was a young NCO, I had a dipfuck black junior officer give me an order that would have resulted in damage to gear had I passed that word on to my men. Any good NCO knows that junior officers sometimes need time to gain experience and will rise to their station with guidance. Being mindful of this, I asked the lieutenant for a word where I politely explained to him what would happen to the gear if we did as he instructed, and what actually needed doing.
Cocksucker locked horns with me, and threatened to NJP [administrative punishment] my ass. I told him that he had been advised by technically proficient subordinate with the authority of my billet superseding his rank on the matter that his order would result in mission gear damage and I would not pass down that order. Trap set. He doubled down, and hauled me off to charge me. I responded to my SNCO [senior NCO] with a request for mast. Not only was the gear damaged, I got my apology in front of the CO [commanding officer] and SgtMaj.
There were multitudes of times I corrected or advised junior officers with the respect owed to them and in private. White officers, as with most white men, displayed some humility and appreciative attitude for being shown the ropes.
Among the most satisfying relationships a man can have is that between a junior and a senior-ranking man where there is mutual trust and competence. That’s part of esprit de corps. The salute is the traditional acknowledgment of that relationship. Racial diversity and the presence of women zap that spirit.
This crossed my mind as I first read the above anecdote: his commanding officer and others in the chain of command were traditional American military men. He doesn’t say that they were White but it’s reasonable to imagine a different situation, one in which that authority looks like the photo at the top of this post.