The future of WP Officers

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  1. tug_boat

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    I'm not sure what to think about the article. I'm glad that there will be less risk for Americans, but I've also always dreamt of being a leader in battle.
     
  3. Full Metal Bulldog

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    I really don't see the downside of not getting shot at.
     
  4. MemberLG

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    As a cadet I heard a different speech, something along the line of during our career, we will fight in a war. Told myself not likely that I will see a war. Since the Vietnam War, we haven't fought in a big conflict. The Cold War ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

    Sure enough, one or two years later, the first Gulf War, than to the GWOT in 2002.

    Hope that the class of 2014 never serve see combat.
     
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    Thank you for this, Member LG. I appreciate your wisdom and experiences. :thumb:
     
  6. BoLwife

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    I feel like the NY Times (no big surprise here - and we're weekly readers of it) did USMA a disservice with this article. It makes it sound like all cadets are just thinking about their careers and "bummer, I won't get to go to war." While I'm sure there are some of those at each of the academies, and elsewhere, I'm sure there are a lot of cadets who want to be wherever their country needs them most. There's a difference between being willing to die for your country and wanting to die for your country.
     
  7. Spud

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    The writer is either a total moron who has never opened a history book or read his employer's paper OR has taken a ridiculous position to sell some newspapers (oooooooo...do you think?) With jihadists running all over the middle east, Iran cooking up nuclear weapons, and Russia one field order away from rolling tanks through the Ukraine, anyone who thinks the new Lieutenants and Ensigns are not going to see hot steel in their careers is nuts.
     
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    All of these new 2LT's whether from WP or ROTC will be in the same boat so to speak when it comes to deployments or the lack there of. When it comes time for promotions those from the upcoming class will all be in the same situation.

    I have to agree, the article seemed slanted to represent only on side from these cadets. This isn't the first class to commission into peace time and it won't be the last, I myself don't see it as a bad thing, our military will continue to prepare during peace time should it be called upon in the future.
     
  9. kinnem

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    +1 to Spud and Jcleppe. And Spud, you forgot to mention the more aggressive China, the nuke ovens cooking in N. Korea, or all the "minor" action in Africa. I used to point at the globe and tell my kid "That's where your war will be". I can't really do that anymore with all the current hotspots. In the meantime I'll be thankful we are at relative peace (not to forget our boys still in Afghanistan).
     
  10. AcademyHopefulOne

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    I guess I'm a minority. Of course, I don't mean to come across as blood thirsty. I don't know, I realize there are other ways to support the USA, but seeing war seems different to me. :/
     
  11. MemberLG

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    I think you are normal. Your perspective will change when you got older.

    Only natural for you to have a desire to something that you will spent most of your adult life preparing to do.

    An simple analogy is a doctor preparing and training several years to become a heart surgeon to save lives and to be told no hearty surgery to perform.
     

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