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  •  Officer Candidate's School, Anyone??? (0+ / 0-)
    •  Okay, I'll play... how many people meet (0+ / 0-)

      the qualifications for OCS? how many apply? how many graduate in any given year?

      Second question-- how many of those (by percentage) rise above the rank of major? Lt. Colonel?

      do you want to keep on playing?

      •  Give me a few minutes to back this up. Off to (0+ / 0-)

        Google I go!!

      •  I'm back. 1.5 minutes. Sorry it took so long (0+ / 0-)

        MAJOR GENERAL LUCIUS THEUS.  I'll be right back with more.

        •  Back again. (0+ / 0-)

          4.3% of enlisted personnel come in with some college education.  After 12 years in service, 92.7% have some college education.  Sounds like they are on an officer track doesn't it??  Hmm, I wonder what years 12-20 have in store for us?  Since I know shit about the military, this came from Rand.

          •  5.0% of Officers in FY1997 were from the (0+ / 0-)

            enlisted ranks.

            •  Correct that. 5.0% without any college degree (0+ / 0-)

              which might mean they were direct commissions.  

            •  Now back to my real point. (0+ / 0-)

              Sure, all must follow orders in the military.  All are beholden to the C-in-C.  I friggin get that.  I suggest that this bow down before the military mentality prevents us from questioning our military leaders.  These leaders can come from anywhere (which was the point you took most umbrage with - inexplicably I might add)- but they are ultimately accountable to me/you/ and 295 million other Americans.  

              Why is it wrong to question their motives and actions on an individual level?  If Donald Rumsfeld can say it is just a few bad apples, why can't I say that it is more than just a few.  Why can't I question the integrity of these individuals and by extension question the system that these individuals make up.  

              By way of a bad analogy, what makes for a bad corporation?  Bad people leading those corporations!  As an example, DKos indicts Wal-mart constantly.  Does this mean the dkos community doesn't support the checkout clerks trying to put food on the table.  Now how about that checkout clerk who rose in the ranks to the position of VP or gm of an individual store?  

              In short, I believe that in order to question the system, we sometimes must question the individuals that make up that system.

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