The US military has become too much of an experiment in cultural engineering that it was never meant to be.
Political correctness, especially under Obama, has led to all sorts of policy changes that have nothing to do with the purpose of the military…to blow stuff up and kill people.
That’s why it is refreshing to see that at least at one of the leading and most storied military academies in the world, the standards are the standards are the standards!
A dust up occurred recently when a potential student to the celebrated Citadel military college asked to be allowed to wear a hijab.
This garment is a common for Muslim women, but violates the school’s strict uniform policy.
There was some concern from outgoing students that the school would bend its rules for a single cadet.
The good news is they won’t.
Word came from Breitbart:
“The standardization of cadets in apparel, overall appearance, actions and privileges is essential to the learning goals and objectives of the college,” said Citadel president Lt. Gen. John Rosa, as reported by Fox Carolina. “This process reflects an initial relinquishing of self during which cadets learn the value of teamwork to function as a single unit.”
I don’t think they could have said it any better. When you enroll in a liberal arts college, you have the freedom to wear and do whatever you want.
In fact, most colleges in America encourage a gross amount of loose and unrestricted behavior, which has led to many schools becoming large daycare centers, not centers of higher learning.
A military college is something different entirely. They are very hard to get into, for one. Once you’re in, you’re trained to be a soldier, an officer, a leader of men.
It’s not a step toward a fruitful career, but a life of sacrifice for your country. While we respect any young person who chooses that life, they need to understand that they must submit to their rules completely. That’s how the military works.
This decision might discourage the student from enrolling. A response from her has not been made public. Nor has there been a backlash, so far, from leftists groups.
This kind of situation tends to bring out the secular humanists, who would use it as a chip to derail our military. Maybe they have enough sense to stand down.
Cadet Nick Pinelli, a graduate of the Citadel, had the best comment on the situation:
“This girl should be welcomed to the Corps with open arms, as should any person of any religion, race, gender, or identity,” he wrote. “That’s equality. It’s not equality to let one of those groups follow a different set of rules…”
“Equality means the same set of rules for everyone. Not different rules for different people,” he continued. “It means accepting everyone, and giving them the same tools to succeed as the rest. The inwardly self-contradictory arguments of the Left disagree with this mindset and I truly believe that if those arguments continue to prevail, this country will no longer be what it once was…”
We wholeheartedly agree with Pinelli and will continue to champion anyone who does the same.