The Marine Corps Recruiting Command continues to answer the call from Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, to build a Marine Corps that reflects “the face of the nation.” Over the course of the past fiscal year, MCRC has recruited its most diverse group of officers in a decade.The fun part would be to interview the officer recruiters to see who they were ordered to "operationalize (D)iversity recruiting" - but we've covered that racist activity before. For now though, let's just pick apart the last bit.
“In order to stay relevant with society, the Marine Corps has to look like society,” said Lt. Col. Chester McMillon, head of officer programs, MCRC. “It is especially important among officers in order to maintain credibility with our much more diverse group of enlisted Marines.”
By "look" he means the most superficial thing - facial features and skin tone. Even a little deeper than that - it really means what block they check so the metrics match. That is why we have blond haired blue eyed "Hispanics" and predominately Caucasian "African Americans".
Worse than all of the above, LtCol McMillon is in effect saying that the Marine Corps enlisted ranks are flush with Marines who are racist to the core - minority Marines who will only follow orders and perform if they have someone in their Chain of Command that "looks" like them. The secondary implication is, of course, that a Hispanic will respond to a Hispanic officer better than an African American officer or Asian or Caucasian officer and so on if you want to mix your racial groupings. Really? So, show me where in a decade of combat we have any evidence of that?
Not only does that fly in the face of all military history - it is transparent in its cant like quality. Mumbling Party approved language like some mid-20th Century Soviet Political Officer.
I know he is "just following orders" - but Chester; you are insulting your nation, the Marine Corps, your Marines, and your own integrity by spouting those lines .... but you know that already...
UPDATE: I don't know what to say. I am, in a word, beyond gobsmacked if there is such a thing - that word.
A former Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor bowed out of his quest Tuesday to join the New York City Fire Department after a federal judge denied his request to extend the application deadline for all aspiring firefighters — not just him.Lex puts it quite well.
The judge had been willing to grant a 24-hour application extension for Sgt. Dakota Meyer, who saved the lives of 36 people during an ambush in Afghanistan two years ago. Meyer missed the FDNY’s application deadline because he was busy with official Medal of Honor commitments and ceremonies, said Keith Sullivan, his attorney.
But when the city offered to reopen the application process to the public, Brooklyn Judge Nicholas Garaufis refused, saying a brief extension would create a risk of “adverse impact” on minority groups who are under-represented in the ranks of the FDNY. Instead, the judge agreed to grant Meyer a one-day exception because he is “one exceptional individual.”
That didn’t seem fair to Meyer, who charged five times in a Humvee into heavy gunfire in the darkness of an Afghanistan valley to rescue comrades under attack from Taliban insurgents.
“Dakota refuses to compromise his values,” Sullivan said Tuesday. “He said he would like to thank the city of New York and the people who have shown him so much support, but he couldn’t in good conscience take a one-person exception. He will apply for the exam when it’s given again in four years.”
So, the city of New York loses out on a chance to add a hero to its ranks. But the risk to diversity, thank God, has been averted.
Hat tip LT B.