I post this entirely snark-free. If you’re looking for a D-1 school that’s not offering itself as a stepping stone to professional football, you might want to think about rooting for the Air Force Academy.
Filed under Academics? Academics.
I say this as an active duty military officer: If you are a cadet or midshipman at one of the service academies and you would rather do anything else than lead troops in combat, you are a disgrace to the uniform you wear.
I say this as an active duty military officer and AF Academy graduate: Our fighting forces are made up of a lot more than the troops in combat and the people who lead them. There are other ways to serve our country without “disgracing” the uniform.
For this young man, recruiting dedicated, intelligent, well rounded athletes to our officer corps seems like a fitting place for him to serve, in a reserve capacity, while he chases the dream of playing pro ball.
Your service disagreed with you. I would rather have 1 Pat Tillman, who put aside a professional football career to make the ultimate sacrifice for his country than 1,000 Air Force officers who feel the way you do.
Tell us about your combat experience.
Operation Urgent Fury, Operation Just Cause, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom. Is that enough for you?
Thank you for your service. I wasn’t trying to be snarky but lots of people on internet boards/blogs are very hawkish when they were a supply clerk in Ohio in the 80s. I was never in the service but my stepfather was a combat engineer in Nam from Sept ’68 to Sept ’69 and saw tons of front line contact with the enemy. He really gets pissed at the guys who are at the front of every Vietnam Veterans parade who were some REMF or a stateside clerk during the war.
No matter where they served, it was for the need of the service. They took their chances to be sent to combat zones while they were in the service. We have a President who dodged the draft 5 times, so where does that rank him in your potpourri of bravery and loyalty? Above those who served?
Should we have a higher category for those who went to Vietnam at least twice (for two-yr stints) and from those assignments went to other combat situations (Dominican Republic, DMZ, etc) ? Don’t think so, because my brother went to all those places I mentioned and he considers himself “A Vet”. Of course, he burns whenever “Air Medal” (given for missions flown in a combat zone) is mentioned since he saw a cook take a 10min pleasure flight above Da Nang and, after landing, put in for the Air Medal and got it. My brother, an Army pilot, received the medal 5 times with oak leaf clusters in Vietnam and he didn’t put in for any.
Of course, the cook ranks right on up there beyond the stateside clerk, amirite?
Damn son. As a proud supporter of the military, I hope they never have to again. The academies were created as a bulwark against that kind of attitude.
“For the rest, it’s about money, facilities, winning. But service academy football is different… it’s pure.”
I agree with him. Army/Navy is still the best football game of the year for me.
Army / Navy is still the best single game event in sports. It epitomizes everything I love about amateur athletics. No other game or event matches the pageantry or tradition.
I’m Army and that game hasn’t resonated with me for the last several years (except last year, I think). The Black Knights will have to stop jumpin’ and start playin’ for Army to return to glory. It doesn’t help that for many of Navy’s winning years, they had a “Genius” coach that won consistently and who isn’t too far removed from here. Shit!, just shit!
Fisher DeBerry is a great person. We went to church with him in Colorado Springs while he was the coach at the Air Force Academy.
they ain’t called the “Chair Force” for nothing. Semper Fi
“Coach Smart said for five weeks, these last five weeks you’re going to remember this for the rest of your life – if you do it right.”– Davin Bellamy, AJC, 10/22/17
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