Why Can’t the Next Secretary of the Army be a Veteran?

Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning and Maj. Gen.  Jeffrey Lofgren, 2013 / USAF, Lawrence Crespo

If it weren’t for the large sample size, you would think that the results of the Military Times survey of troop morale couldn’t possibly have been accurate. Released last December, the numbers were brutal. In response to the statement, “The senior military leadership has my best interests at heart,” only 27% agreed, down from 53% in a previous survey conducted in 2009. As for, “Overall officers in the military are good or excellent,” only 49% agreed, down from 78% in the 2009 survey. Agreement with, “Overall my quality of life is good or excellent,” dropped from 91% agreement in 2009 to 56% in 2014, and President Obama’s personal approval rating was an eye-catching 15%.

Secretary of the Navy Implies Marines are Dishonest Chauvinists

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus / AP

Joe Dunford, the commandant of the Marine Corps and incoming chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, owes a recommendation to his superiors soon on the question of integrating women into combat jobs in the Marine Corps. Dunford commands near universal respect among the Marines who have served with him, and he will be making his decision guided by the results of a multi-million dollar, multi-year study conducted by Corps evaluating how mixed gender units perform under combat conditions. If any officer can be trusted to call the issue straight, it is Dunford.