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Can We All Shut The Hell Up About High Schools Stopping Grads From Showing Their 'Military Pride'?
An 18-year-old high school student planning to join the Army wasn't allowed to wear a sash representing the service last weekend at her graduation ceremony. So of course, the professional outrage machine of dysfunctional veterans and moms who spend every weekend baking American flag cakes decided the school was unpatriotic.
“I’m in the Army, this is what I’m doing, and I’m really proud of what I’m doing, and I feel like [the principal] just took that opportunity away from me,” Megan Pohlmeier told KHGI-TV.
It turns out that the school has a policy for all graduating students: Wear the cap and gown, and you get a diploma. Wear extra stuff like your Army sash, your favorite college sweatshirt, or a hat professing your love of the New York Yankees, and you don't.
Although Ms. Pohlmeier believes the principal took away her opportunity to be proud of her future Army service, he actually did her a favor. The principal gave her a great lesson in what the Army owes her and what it expects of her during her time in uniform.
The Army doesn't owe you shit. It doesn't care about your feelings, or if you don't feel like doing something. It doesn't care about you as an individual, or whether you are proud. The Army cares about accomplishing whatever mission it's tasked with, which soldiers carry out based on orders from their superiors and the regulations they fall under.
Congratulations! You came up against your first problem with the regulations — a dress code for graduates — and you failed. Instead of saying "Roger that, sir," you complained about it, sky-lined your high school, and got all your higher-ups pissed off.
Trust me, this won't work very well after you are wearing the uniform.
In fact, there's an entire 69-page book of regulations on how you are supposed to look when you are serving in the U.S. Army. And if you veer off from what it says, your family members won't be able to post anything about the mean generals above you and how they're unpatriotic for not allowing you to wear your favorite piece of jewelry.
Welcome to the Army, kiddo. Get on the bus, sit down, and keep your mouth shut.
And thank you for your service.
It didn't take long for a central theme to emerge at the funeral of U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Livermore, an event attended by hundreds of area residents Friday at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
It's a theme that stems from a widespread local belief that the men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces are held in particularly high esteem here in the southern valley.
"In Bakersfield and Kern County, we celebrate our veterans like no place else on Earth," Bakersfield Chief of Police Lyle Martin told the gathering of mourners.
ROCKFORD — Delta Force sniper Sgt. First Class James P. McMahon's face was so badly battered and cut, "he looked like he was wearing a fright mask" as he stood atop a downed Black Hawk helicopter and pulled free the body of a fellow soldier from the wreckage.
That's the first description of McMahon in the book by journalist Mark Bowden called "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War." It is a detailed account of the horrific Battle of the Black Sea fought in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993. It claimed the lives of 18 elite American soldiers.
Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher will retire as a chief petty officer now that President Donald Trump has restored his rank.
"Before the prosecution of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward Gallagher, he had been selected for promotion to Senior Chief, awarded a Bronze Star with a "V" for valor, and assigned to an important position in the Navy as an instructor," a White House statement said.
"Though ultimately acquitted on all of the most serious charges, he was stripped of these honors as he awaited his trial and its outcome. Given his service to our Nation, a promotion back to the rank and pay grade of Chief Petty Officer is justified."
The announcement that Gallagher is once again an E-7 effectively nullifies the Navy's entire effort to prosecute Gallagher for allegedly committing war crimes. It is also the culmination of Trump's support for the SEAL throughout the legal process.
On July 2, military jurors found Gallagher not guilty of premeditated murder and attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a wounded ISIS fighter to death and opening fire at an old man and a young girl on separate occasions during his 2017 deployment to Iraq.